Marrugeku’s choreographic truth telling reflects on Broome’s harsh pearl shell industry and the bonds forged in its wake between Malay workers and First Peoples of the Kimberley.
With shared Malay heritage, Marrugeku’s Dalisa Pigram of Broome and Singaporeans Soultari Amin Farid and Zee Zunnur co-choreograph and perform, collaborating with ex-pearl diver Ahmat Bin Fadal, visual artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and composer Safuan Johari.
Mutiara draws on diasporic connections to land and sea, South East Asian martial arts and Yawuru and Minangkabau dance forms to highlight the fluid power and resilience of the nomadic Malay.
Bones speak, seas change, ancestral beings feud and deep beneath the surface the pearl diver yearns for home. Mutiara celebrates resilience, love and the strength of ancestors.
Unfortunately, the Friday 19 January performance of Mutiara has been cancelled due to cast illness. All ticket holders will be refunded in full automatically and have been contacted directly via email. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Cultural and content warning – please be advised that this production recounts some themes based on the real-life, traumatic experiences of our Ancestors. Parental discretion is advised.
A post-performance Q&A with Mutiara’s three co-choreographers and performers Dalisa Pigram, Soultari Amin Farid and Zee Zunnur, with collaborator Ahmat Bin Fadal (Pearl diving history and Malay cultural advisor) and Rachael Swain (Dramaturg), hosted by Creative Artist in Residence, Jake Nash, will take place on Sunday 21 January after the final matinee performance. This Q&A will run for approximately 30 minutes.
★★★★ "Mutiara asks us to pause, look, listen."
– The Sydney Morning Herald
Friday 19 January at 7:30pm
Saturday 20 January at 1:30pm / 7:30pm
Sunday 21 January at 2pm (Q&A)
1 hour, 5 minutes (no interval)