Mariaa Randall – Divercity 2017 Dance Massive at Arts House photo credit Keith Deverell
Photograph: Keith Deverell

Two dancers from different Aboriginal countries reflect on identity and belonging in this work by choreographer Mariaa Randall

Bundjalung/Yaegl choreographer Mariaa Randall (Blood on the Dance Floor; HA LF) devised Divercity with two dancer-choreographers from different Aboriginal countries and now living in different cities: Henrietta Baird (a Kukuyalanji woman whose country is in Far North Queensland, now living in Sydney) and Waiata Telfer (a Narungga-Kaurna woman with British and Burmese ancestry, originally from Adelaide and now living in Melbourne).

The starting point for the work was a question: When you live away from home and reside in the city, on someone else's land, does it change your relationship to country?

The two women explore the "complexities of a transplanted life" in a work that draws on their respective traditional culture and contemporary choreography, set against projections by sound and film artist Keith Deverell.

Please note: there are different arrival/start times each night for women and men attending the performance. Wed-Sat: women arrive for 8.45pm, men for 9pm. Sun: women arrive for 5pm, men for 5.15pm.

Divercity is part of Dance Massive 2017.

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