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.
ConceptSoultari Amin Farid, Dalisa Pigram, Zee Zunnur & Rachael SwainCo-Choreographers & PerformersSoultari Amin Farid, Dalisa Pigram & Zee Zunnur with Ahmat Bin FadalCultural DramaturgSoultari Amin FaridDramaturgRachael SwainComposer, Sound Designer & PerformerSafuan Bin JohariSet DesignerAbdul-Rahman AbdullahCostume DesignerZoë AtkinsonLighting DesignerKelsey LeePearl Diving History, Malay Cultural Advisor and Silat TrainingAhmat Bin FadalProduction Manager & Lighting OperatorAiden BrennanAudio Technician & Video ProducerRaine PaulCompany/Stage ManagerNgaire PigramCostume MakersLynn Ferguson & Jenny EdwardsProduced byMarrugeku Inc with Bahri and CoProducerNatalie SmithAssociate ProducerNgaire PigramCo-Producer, Bahri & CoShaifulbahri 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
Eligible for package discount
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.
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.
- Michael Jalaru Torres