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An intimate solo dance and video work performed by Dalisa Pigram takes its name from a warning call. To miss it is to drown.

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Gudirr Gudirr 

Date: 11 May 2018

Gudirr Gudirr, the guwayi bird calls when the tide is turning. To miss the call is to drown.

An intimate solo dance and video work performed by Dalisa Pigram, Gudirr Gudirr lights a path from a broken past through a fragile present and on to a future still in the making.

The production considers the legacy of Australia’s history for Aboriginal people in northwest Australia today and asks: what does it take to decolonise Aboriginal people’s minds, to unlock doors and to face cultural change?

Gudirr Gudirr calls a warning to a community facing massive industrialisation on traditional lands, loss of language and major gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous wellbeing.

Drawing on a physicality born of Pigram’s Asian–Indigenous identity, and in a unique collaboration with Belgian choreographer Koen Augustijnen and visual artist Vernon Ah Kee, Pigram builds a dance language to capture this moment in time for her people.

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