Waralungku DanceSite is the annual showcase event for Artback NT's Indigenous Traditional Dance Program (ITDP). DanceSite celebrates the diversity of traditional Indigenous dance in the Northern Territory and provides an exciting cross-cultural platform for audience and performance development.
DanceSite was staged at the Borroloola Showgrounds on Saturday 15 June, presenting over 200 traditional Indigenous performers from the Northern Territory and Queensland to an audience of over 1000 people.
Five local dance groups participated in the event, as did invited dancers from Mornington Island, Ti Tree and Ali Curung. Djuki Mala (formerly the Chooky Dancers) headlined.
2013 was the first of a three-year engagement with Borroloola. Over the three-year period, the program aims to develop and deliver a model of ownership of the event, building capacity within the community to sustain the event independently.
Engagement with local community, including elders, dancers, businesses and school, is crucial to the success of the the program. A community group of approximately twenty elders and community members met fortnightly leading up to DanceSite to discuss and plot the progress of the festival.
Artback NT would like to thank Australia Council for the Arts, The Northern Territory Government and Macarthur River Mines for their support, without which DanceSite would not be possible. We would also like to thank Waralungku Art Centre, Winanjjikari Music Centre, Gulf Musicology and Roper Gulf Shire for their valuable input.
Video production by Street TV for Artback NT.