Naya Wa Yugali – We Dance
- When 15 Nov - 11 Dec 2016
245 Wilson St Eveleigh (cnr. Codrington St) Redfern NSW 2016
Founded in 1976 NAISDA Dance College rapidly established itself as one of Australia’s premier Indigenous training colleges with a proud tradition of producing the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers. In recognition of its 40 year history, Carriageworks is hosting three major events including a social history exhibition Naya Wa Yugali (We Dance), a series of cultural dances from Indigenous communities around Australia, and a stage production of From Sand to Stage, directed by Helpmann Award winning choreographer, Frances Rings.
Naya Wa Yugali (We Dance) the exhibition, curated by UNSW Art & Design graduate, Tahjee Moar, honours NAISDA Dance College as being more than just a place of training. It has been gathering place for people to celebrate cultural values and identity; commemorate significant cultural events and ceremonies; and connect and learn from one another in the spirit of reconciliation, cultural affirmation, and inclusion. Perhaps most importantly, NAISDA has become a place where Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people dare to dance and tell the stories that cannot be told except through movement.
Naya Wa Yugali (We Dance) recognises and celebrates this history. The exhibition featuring oral histories, a new commission by Vicki Van Hout and Marian Abboud, and works by artists including Tracey Moffatt, the late Michael Riley, Juno Gemes, Lee Chittick, and Elaine Kitchener.