Global crowd-pleasers to perform at awards
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.