YIRRAMBOI Festival program has launched

The program for Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival in Melbourne has launched, and it’s a pretty amazing line-up of work from around Australia and the world.

 AMRITA HEPI |  A Call To Dance

AMRITA HEPI | A Call To Dance

We’re very excited to be working on the following shows and initiatives as part of the festival.

Amrita Hepi | A Call to Dance – What moves you? | 9 - 13 May 
Dancer and choreographer Amrita Hepi invites you to come and have a heart to heart, a yarn or a stroll and to workshop a dance move. A Call to Dance is a participatory work encouraging a physical conversation about cultural ownership and authorship. Create movement based on your experiences that articulates something profoundly personal. More info>>

Joshua Pether | Monster (part of a triple bill) | 6 - 8 May
From the dark recesses of the mind while suspended between reality and the ephemeral, the body undergoes a transformation creating ‘the other’, The Monster. Combining dance and live art, Joshua Pether conjures a deeply personal exorcism to distil and embody this moment of transformation and release, produced by Performing Lines WA. More info>>

Blak Lines New Work Platform | 11 – 14 May
An industry by-invitation event bringing together First Nations performing artists and companies from around Australia with presenters, producers and programmers. 15 independent artists will pitch initial concepts, developments and presentation-ready work. They'll be joined by representatives from ILBIJERRI Theatre, Marrugeku, Moogahlin Performing Arts Inc, and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company discussing what new work they have coming up. Full website launching soon!

Featured artists:

  • Thomas Avery
  • Katie Beckett
  • Jo Clancy
  • Ghenoa Gela
  • The Stiff Gins
  • Amrita Hepi
  • Andrea James
  • Thomas E.S Kelly
  • Kamahi Djordan King
  • Pauline Lampton
  • Nathan Maynard
  • Mariaa Randall
  • Kevin Starkey
  • Travis De Vries
  • Naretha Williams

While applications to attend the New Work Platform have now closed, there is a number of other exciting opportunities at the festival.

National Indigenous Dance Forum | 5 - 7 May
Organised by industry peak body BlakDance, the National Indigenous Dance Forum will bring together cultural dancers, contemporary dancers, community dance groups, producers, choreographers, educators and scholars, to participate in three days of discussions focussing on the current situation affecting and influencing Indigenous dance practice. More info>>

BlakDance Presenter Series | 5 – 7 May
Presented alongside the National Indigenous Dance Forum, BlakDance are offering an opportunity to presenters and programmers to join their presenters' delegation. More info>>

Check out the full program of amazing work here>>