Global crowd-pleasers to per­form at awards

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

In­dige­nous dance group Djuki Mala will bring their cap­ti­vat­ing, high-en­ergy show to Port Hed­land for a spe­cial per­for­mance at the 2017 Hed­land Art Awards.

For­merly known as the Chooky Dancers, Djuki Mala burst onto the scene 10 years ago with a vi­ral video of the group danc­ing to Zorba the Greek, which racked up more than half-a-mil­lion views.

Since then, the north-east Arn­hem Land troupe have been tour­ing Aus­tralia and the world, wow­ing au­di­ences with their fu­sion of tra­di­tional Yol­ngu dance and con­tem­po­rary pop cul­ture.

Djuki Mala have just ar­rived back in Aus­tralia af­ter per­form­ing a se­ries of sold-out shows at the world’s big­gest arts fes­ti­val, the Ed­in­burgh Fringe.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and artis­tic direc­tor Josh Bond said the visit had ex­ceeded all the group’s ex­pec­ta­tions.

“Djuki Mala went straight in, first year, to a 500-seat venue and were sell­ing out shows,” he said. “That’s one of the big­gest venues you can get at Ed­in­burgh and it’s un­heard of for any­one to do that.”

Through their fun and comedic per­for­mances, Djuki Mala are also telling sto­ries of the Yol­ngu cul­ture’s unique his­tory.

Djuki Mala will per­form at the Hed­land Art Awards open­ing night at Port Hed­land Court­house Gallery on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

At the open­ing, the 2017 win­ners of WA’s rich­est cash art prize will be an­nounced. The to­tal prize pool is more than $100,000.

Djuki Mala will also per­form at the West End Mar­kets on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7 in the Court­house Gallery gar­dens from 4pm-8pm. For details, visit court­house­gallery.com.au.

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