When you live away from home and reside in the city, on someone else’s land, does it change your relationship to country?
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.
Bundjalung/Yaegl choreographer Mariaa Randall (Blood on the Dance Floor, HA LF) presents a playful and multilayered exploration of place, people, landscapes and language in Divercity.
Henrietta Baird (Kuku-Yalinji) and Ngioka Bunda-Heath (Wakka Wakka/Biripi/Ngugi), each living in separate Australian cities and belonging to two different Aboriginal countries, contemplate the complexities of a transplanted life. Illuminated by an evocative filmic backdrop by video artist Keith Deverell, the women draw on contemporary and traditional dance practices, storytelling and ritual to give shape and form to their connection to land and culture, and to share the layers of cultural diversity through dance.
Divercity celebrates belonging, shared meaning and cultural individuality.
Divercity was developed through Arts House’s CultureLAB program.