Dance Group on na­tional stage

Mandurah Coastal Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jill Burgess

A YOUNG Bind­jareb dance group is fly­ing to Syd­ney this month to rep­re­sent the Peel re­gion in Dance Rites Aus­tralia, a na­tional in­dige­nous dance com­pe­ti­tion.

Dance Rites Aus­tralia aims to en­sure im­por­tant cul­tural knowl­edge in­clud­ing lan­guage, dance, skin mark­ings and in­stru­ments are shared from one gen­er­a­tion to the next.

Each com­pet­ing group will present a wel­come and farewell dance, one of which must in­clude a chant in lo­cal lan­guage, along with a third dance that can be a tra­di­tional dance or fu­sion piece com­bin­ing tra­di­tional moves with con­tem­po­rary sounds.

Last year, lo­cal Noon­gar dance group Kon­gal Marawar Ngoons (South-West brothers) crowd­funded to raise the money re­quired to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion.

With much en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion to re­turn, the group has se­cured funds from the Les­ley Couzens Arts Fel­low­ship, named in hon­our of Mandurah Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre (MPAC) pro­duc­tion su­per­vi­sor, and a match­ing con­tri­bu­tion for travel from the Syd­ney Opera House.

MPAC gen­eral man­ager Guy Boyce first met the group per­form­ing at an open day at Mandurah’s Win­jan Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and was taken by their en­ergy, ta­lent and com­mit­ment.

“We first ar­ranged for them to per­form at the WA Re­gional Arts Sum­mit at MPAC and as a re­sult they were in­vited to per­form at the WA State Art and Cul­ture Part­ner­ship Hon­ours Awards Cer­e­mony at the State The­atre Cen­tre,’’ he said.

“They will take the Opera House by storm.”

The group in­cludes Matthew Ben­nell, Mervyn Ben­nell, Baron Kelly, Mattheau Clune, Damien Eades, Jerome Wil­liams, Ivan Lyndon and Derek Nan­nup.

Pic­ture: Travis Hayto

Kon­gal Marawar Ngoons are off to Syd­ney to com­pete in Dance Rites.

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