Bundjalung and Yaegl
Status: Ready to Tour
Full touring tech specs are now available
Divercity has two entry times. Women at the agreed publicised time, and men 15 minutes after.
Please note: as the show includes a womens only moment at the top of the show, it is helpful if all the operators identify as female.
Choreographer/Director/Producer Mariaa Randall
Choreographer/Performer Henrietta Baird
Choreographer/Performer Ngioka Bunda-Heath
Sound, Video & Projection Artist Keith Deverell
Lighting Designer Jenny Hector
Costume Designer Sophia Idreos
Divercity started as a means to share the many different ways in which Aboriginal languages, movement, paint up and stories differ depending on whose country you are on. In 2013, it emerged as a short dance film as part of my Masters in Animateruing degree at the Victorian College of the Arts. It captured four dancers, Jacob Boehme, Carly Sheppard, Nikki Ashby and myself all from different countries and all moving in different ways. In such a simple form, our diversity became apparent through ourmovement design and the way in which we performed it.
From this simple example came the desire to expand the visibility of such a concept and to share it with as many people as possible. And to do that the stage seemed the most obvious of places to present this idea.
This lead to two creative developments through Arts House’s program, CultureLAB in 2015 and 2016. At the end of the 2016 development Divercity began to materialise into a showcase of dance, language, and visual art made up of powder, paint and projection. The creative developments of the work have dared to ask ‘When you live away from home and reside in the city, on someone else’s land. Does it change your relationship to country?’
Now in 2017, as a new dance work, the reply is simple. ‘We carry country in our bodies wherever we go through our language, movement, bloodline, stories, memories, connection to place, designs of paint up and humour.’ - MARIAA RANDALL