NAISDA Dance College, Australia’s national performing arts training organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, will present its end of year performance yadhaba ngura on November 19 from 7pm via a free livestream event.
The show will honour the 2021 NAIDOC theme of Heal Country.
Yadhaba ngura is directed by NAISDA Physical Theatre Unit Manager, Angie Diaz, with cultural dance under the direction of NAISDA Head of Cultural Practice, Jo Clancy, and NAISDA Cultural Tutors, Stuart McMinn, Dujon Niue and Berthalia Reuben.
Diaz said the performance celebrates a return to live, learn and dance on Darkinjung Land following lockdown.
“yadhaba ngura, meaning get well land in Darkinjung language, features a vibrant collection of cultural and contemporary dance and physical theatre works exploring Country, truth telling and our life journey,” Diaz said.
NAISDA CEO, Kim Walker, said that livestreaming presents the opportunity to connect with communities and audiences as well as the NAISDA community across Australia.
“We wanted to keep this a free event so we can come together as a community, and virtually share our skills, stories and rich creative expression,” Walker said.
As for many in the arts and training industries, a second year of operating during the pandemic has meant distanced learning and adapting to a new normal via technology.
“Learning remotely, especially for physical and dance subjects is demanding,” Walker said.
“It is wonderful to now be back rehearsing and training together in the studios.
“yadhaba ngura includes new works choreographed by our NAISDA Diploma Developing Artists, vibrant urban dance works and originally devised works celebrating our return to dancing on Darkinjung land.”
To register for the free livestream performance on November 19, visit EventBrite.
Media release, Nov 2