Four cultural dance groups reveal the stories behind their costumes.
A recurring issue with many cultural groups, is the importance of design and costume to the deeper understanding of culturally specific dance. Hidden Meaning is a performance and forum featuring four local cultural dance groups who have been supported in the purchase of appropriate attire or fabric to create costumes. The groups created dance works along with verbal presentations about the costumes and their significance to the dance, their hidden meanings, and how this might be understood in contemporary Darwin. Darwin audiences got an insight into the way local cultural groups maintain long links with their dance cultures. Hidden Meaning is assisted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Cultural Dance Leaders:
Shu Qin Li, Chandrika Munasinghe, Desak Putu Warti Stretton, Decideria Alves
Project Dance Animateurs:
Bryn Wackett, Lailah Masiga, Kelly Beneforti, David McMicken and Tim Newth
Tunas Mekar Balinese Cultural Collective:
Lillian Cowan, Suryani Sumendra, Ketut Suyeni, Rizky Devaniputeri, Kelly Beneforti, A.N. Kanga Nadila Siregar and Desak Putu Warti
Multicultural Dance Academy (Sri Lanka):
Chandrika Munasinghe, Eranda Munasinghe, Senuri Pinto, Madushi Fernando, Mayuri Fernando, Shashi Kulatunga, Rashini Weerasinghe and Umesha Senevirathna
Australia China Friendship Society:
Teng Jie, Zongmin Chin, Wanzi Han, Daisy Deng, Jane Zhang, Tina Ma, Nan Zhang, Lucy Lu, Rui Xu, Miao Xin Yu and Shu Qin Li
Bua Sareng Timor Dance Group (Timor Leste):
Bernadete Aniceto, Lidia Aniceto, Jessica Murdock, Bakhita Valadares, Tamaziana Valadares, Tamaya Valadares, Margaretha Aniceto and Bertinho Alves