Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Djuki Dramaturgy: Djuki Mala @ Edfringe 2017

Djuki Mala will be performing at the Assembly George Square Theatre for the month of August for ticket go to 

What was the inspiration for this performance? 

We wanted to tell our story, After the viral youtube clip, There were many questions, we wanted to make a show that answered some of these questions but also demonstrated that we are not only  dancers, performers, but also artists and orators of the oldest living culture on the planet, 

Defining and interpreting our culture  and our place within that culture as it exists today,  whilst maintaining cultural, ancestral law and Traditional culture with that of contemporary cultural influences and attempting to find a balance of both worlds of black and white Australia.

Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas? 

Absolutely, but its also a privilege that gives agency, To have what is essentially a grand soap box whether it be in a black box a spiegeltent or a proscenium arch, where one can address the many.  
with the state of the world, there is certainly no lack of ideas worth discussion, unfortunately however most of the people that would benefit form that agency are not also afforded the privilege of the "soap box”. 

How did you become interested in making performance? 

I don't necessarily remember becoming interested in it, I just remember feeling like it was an extension to way of living and communicating that then developed into a realisation that it was also a way a effecting change by making people feel… 

Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?

Start at the start and be honest.

Does the show fit with your usual productions?
Yes, in the way that this show is a retrospective/autobiographical work, it references some our past productions. 

What do you hope that the audience will experience?
We hope that the audience will walk away with a greater understanding and appreciation of Indigenous Australia and its people.

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?
We obviously wanted get our story across, However it is always important to consider what information the audience receives and at what point during the show, to capitalise on the enegetic highs and lows of the show, mapping the emotional arc to ensure the audience are constantly engaged and provided everything they need in order to feel what is intended and when. We want to make sure we share the journey with audience. make sure they're with us, otherwise you might as well be on facebook.  P.s  like us on facebook it’s ….

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