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Mutiara Fri 9 – Mon 12 Feb Studio Underground $29 – $49
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Fri 9 – Mon 12 Feb at Studio Underground, from $29 – $49

A Perth Festival Commission

Spanning a hundred years of experiences within Broome’s pearling industry, Mutiara is the latest work from much loved dance theatre company Marrugeku, whose transformative and unwavering storytelling has been celebrated around the nation and the globe. Mutiara highlights the unsung bonds between First Peoples of the Kimberley and workers of the Malay diaspora. Taking a window from the 1870s when early free diving practices were entwined with the slavery of Indigenous peoples, the dangerous and brutal conditions of the industry continued through decades of exploitation of indentured Asian workers to the early 1970s, with the end of the hard hat diving era.

Marrugeku applies its intercultural choreographic truth telling to embody the alien underwater world of the divers against a local and global backdrop of colonial control, the pseudo-science of race categorisation and Australia’s troubled relationship with Asia. The dancers capture a unique regional choreographic fluidity drawing on Silat, echoes of Yawuru, and Minangkabau dance and connections to land and sea. Together they embody the currents of the ocean to celebrate, heal and rewrite histories of coexistence, love, resilience and survival. Ancestors tell stories, bones speak, ancestral beings rage, seas change and deep beneath the surface the diver yearns for home in this dance, soundscape and visual artwork of rare beauty.

Soultari Amin Farid, Dalisa Pigram, Zee Zunnur & Rachael Swain
Co-Choreographers & Performers
Soultari Amin Farid, Dalisa Pigram & Zee Zunnur with Ahmat Bin Fadal
Cultural Dramaturg
Soultari Amin Farid
Rachael Swain
Composer, Sound Designer & Performer
Safuan Bin Johari
Set Designer
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Costume Designer
Zoë Atkinson
Lighting Designer
Kelsey Lee
Pearl Diving History, Malay Cultural Advisor and Silat Training
Ahmat Bin Fadal
Production Manager & Lighting Operator
Aiden Brennan
Audio Technician & Video Producer
Raine Paul
Company/Stage Manager
Ngaire Pigram
Costume Makers
Lynn Ferguson & Jenny Edwards
Produced by
Marrugeku Inc with Bahri and Co
Natalie Smith
Associate Producer
Ngaire Pigram
Co-Producer, Bahri & Co
Shaifulbahri Mohamad
Time & Location

Fri 9 – Mon 12 Feb

Fri 7.30pm | Sat 3pm & 7.30pm | Sun 5.30pm | Mon 7.30pm Studio Underground, 178 William St, Northbridge / Yandilup



    • Adult: $49
    • Festival Club: $44
    • Concession: $41
    • Student Special: $29

Eligible for package discount

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  • Audio described performance Sun 11 Feb 5.30pm
  • Tactile tour available before the performance on Sun 11 Feb at 4.30pm

Parental discretion advised.

Cultural content warning from the creators: recounts some themes based on the real-life, traumatic experiences of our Ancestors.

Contains strobe lighting and haze effects.

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Post Show Q&A Sun 11 Feb

Stay in your seats after the performance to hear from creators and artists in a Q&A session.


  • 'Mutiara' was funded by the WA State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries: Made in WA program and National Arts Council Singapore.
  • Marrugeku is assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principle arts investment and advisory body.
  • Marrugeku is supported by the Western Australian Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the NSW Government through Create NSW.


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