Shady Rest Motel

Clean, Comfortable & Quiet

Djuki Mala – unique dance, pop-culture, and storytelling

The indigenous dance sensations and landmark dance/theatre company that took the world by storm, present their internationally acclaimed smash hit production in Gympie.

Djuki Mala wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul!

Their appearances have electrified audiences at major festivals and events worldwide with multiple award nominations and wins alongside huge media interest.

Djuki Mala’s performances offer a rare and insightful view into Indigenous Australia.

Winners – Best Dance Adelaide and Perth Fringe 2017

West Australian Arts Editors Award 2017

UniSA Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Creative Arts 2018

Where it all began

Djuki Mala achieved overnight success when Frank Djirrimbilpilwuy uploaded a video clip of the group dancing to “Zorba the Greek” on YouTube in October 2007.

Within twelve weeks it had peaked at over 500,000 hits worldwide and to date, it stands at over 2.5 million views.

The dance was initially developed by Lionel Dulmanawuy, Frank’s youngest son. It was created as a thank you to a very special Greek lady named Liliane who was the main carer of his sister, Priscilla.

How it developed

Since 2007 they have created a number of shows combining their re-interpretations of popular culture and dance with narrative and drama.

The work reflects the juxtapositions they see in contemporary Yolngu culture, and offers a rare and insightful view into Aboriginal Australia.

The Chooky Dancers were invited to perform their hit in Greece by the descendants and creator of the movie, Zorba the Greek.

With a busy touring schedule, they have performed to ecstatic crowds in China, the Solomon Islands, Canada, Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Ten Days on the Island and in 2016 toured through Europe and the Middle East as part of a DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade) Cultural Diplomacy program – highlights of the tour included performances in Tel Aviv, at the Cairo Opera House, El Madina Theatre in Lebanon and performing to a Greek-speaking audience in Cyprus.

What to expect

Always exuberant and blending their contemporary experience as young people with their traditional culture, their identity as Yolngu people is always in the foreground. Djuki Mala fuse traditional and contemporary forms of dance.

Dressed in traditional costumes and ochre, with Gara (spears) & Galpu (spear thrower) they create work that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning, warming both the heart and soul.

Behind the humour is startling movement skill and discipline, drawn from traditional culture and dance.

The style of dancing and comedic element of their performance has its origins in Yolngu culture as much as the traditional dance. Clowning within Yolngu Culture has been around longer that many of the traditional dances themselves.

It is from this that Djuki Mala’s natural flare for comedy has emerged.

When:      Friday, May 31, 2019 from 7.30pm – 8.40pm

Where:     Gympie Civic Centre

Tickets:     $26 – $36 Buy Now

Info & Utils

Published in Saturday, April 20th, 2019, at 2:49 am, and filed under Gympie, What's On.

Do it youself: Digg it!Save on del.icio.usMake a trackback.

Previous text: .

Next text: .

Comments are closed.

Shady Rest Motel © 2019. Theme Squared created by Rodrigo Ghedin.