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Djuki Mala

Tuesday 20th October 2020

Don’t miss the show of the year…Djuki Mala is coming to town!

Djuki Mala have played 700+ live performances to over 500,000 people in 73 cities and towns, in 27 different countries across 11 years. Now it’s regional Western Australia that will experience their landmark theatrical show in 2020 for the first time.

Djuki Mala’s highly energized dancers present their re-interpretation of pop culture, dance and story-telling, juxtaposing traditional dances with contemporary Yolngu culture. By embracing a variety of styles, Djuki Mala pay tribute to Motown, Bollywood, techno, hip-hop, breakdance, krumping and classic numbers. There’s a salute with umbrellas, to Singing in the Rain against the backdrop of their spectacularly beautiful island home. Michael Jackson’s black suit and spangled glove are slipped into a Billie Jean routine, all done with a hefty dose of heart and soul.

Interspersed with multimedia, this retrospective and autobiographical show, is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning and offers a rare and insightful view into Aboriginal Australia, leaving the audience feeling genuinely happy!

Direct from Elcho Island, North East Arnhem Land, Djuki Mala’s extraordinarily humble journey started twelve years ago. Beginning in 2007 Frank Djirrimbilpilwuy uploaded a video clip of the group dancing an exuberant interpretation of ‘Zorba the Greek’ at Ramingining Festival. Frank’s daughter was cared for by a woman of Greek heritage in Darwin, the dance showcased how two strong cultures could come together. The clip was an overnight success and went viral with currently over 2.8 million views. 

Djuki Mala have performed in the movie Bran Nue Dae, ABC TV’s You Can’t Ask That, Secret River, Move It Mob Style, Network Ten’s Totally Wild, Kids WB and at major festivals and events throughout Australia, UK, China, the Pacific, US, Canada, Taiwan, Europe, and the Middle East including Lebanon, Egypt and Cyprus, attracting massive media interest and winning multiple awards and nominations. Over thirty young men have danced in the troupe and members have performed alongside high profile Australian artists including: John Butler, Jessica Mauboy, Baker Boy, Kate Miller Heidke, Yothu Yindi and Blue King Brown to name a few.

Dancers include: Baykali Ganambarr, Yalyalwuy Gondarra, Tibian Wyles and Watjarr Garmu.

“There is no better offering at this year’s Perth Fringe Festival…tremendous fun.” THE WEST AUSTRALIAN ★★★★★

The show runs for 70 minutes and is suitable for all ages 5+.

Tickets are available at www.cumminstheatre.com.au or in person at the Central Wheatbelt Visitors Centre.

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Event Details

Time: 7.00PM

Venue: Cummins Theatre


Contact: Justin Freind

Organisation: Shire of Merredin

Position: Cummins Theatre Manager

Phone: 9041 3295

Email: cumminstheatre@merredin.wa.gov.au

Website: http://www.cumminstheatre.com.au/

Event Date(s)

  • Tuesday 20th October 2020

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