Arafura Game 07 - Opening Ceremony 2007


TIO Sports Stadium, Darwin

Following the huge success of our 2005 ARAFURA GAMES OPENING CEREMONY Main Act, the Company has again been chosen to direct the largest performance event in the Northern Territory. This is the perfect platform to show off our entire “dance company” that we work with. Showcasing diverse cultures and age groups to a live local, national and international audience of over 14,000 and a television audience throughout Australia and South East Asia

The 35-minute dance performance involved 255 performers from 14 different groups and styles. Cultural Groups, High School and studio groups were engaged to participate. After an audition for youth dancers the cast entered into a 10-week rehearsal period. A group called the ‘guest men’, made up of local personalities, was drawn together later in the process. Each group initially rehearsed separately then jig-sawed together to form 4 sections, coming together in the last 2 weeks, to create one piece.

Director's Notes 

Tracks took on this government contract with a brief requesting we not work with a Northern Territory narrative, but to create something that was entertainment based, that belonged more to the larger Arafura region and that it be a little bit ‘Las Vegas’ in feel. I felt really proud of what we created. It was really slick, action packed entertainment with a totally local cast.

Tim Newth

Creative Personnel

Concept: Tim Newth
Directors: Tim Newth, David McMicken , Julia Quinn
Cultural Dance Leaders:
David Chin (Chung Wah Lion and Dragon Society), Poppy Kathopoulis (Greek Group), Julia Gray (Sunameke and Pacific Islands), Bridgeen Marron (Rince Na Eirann Irish Dance troupe), Esperanza Estelle Quindara (Filipino group)
Youth Dance Leaders: Erwin Fenis, Kelly Beneforti, Vera Marie Tabuzo, Corina Nichols, Imanuel Dado


Sunameke Pacific Island Performance
Julia Gray, Indira Jones, Griffin Nichols Jones, Dakota Nichols Jones, Summer Stephenson, Yomei Jones, Isaiah Mcleod, Elijah Mcleod, Mali Jones, Yola Gray, Pamela Cameron, Salevasa Gray, Keama Aniheta, Mali Gray, Rita Kontaratos, Paia Ingram, Hudson Higlett, Ranu James, Moale James, Tau Worby, Palu Worby, Jeremy Donohoe, Aniheta Crombie, Puru Westrupp, Dion Westrupp, Cody Westrupp, Sosefina Fuamoli, Melissa, Kiriana James, Paia Juste Constant

Chung Wah Society Lion Troupe
David Chin, Rohan Chin, Zac Chan, Blake Timms, Joel Tinley, Victor Jong, Nathan Tam, Warren Wong

Austin Martial Arts Soo Bahk Do Display Team
Lauren Brotherton, Joe Parry, Jasmine Tremblay, Ingrid Herbert, Stephen McGrath, Alex Austin, Louise Austin, Thor Ulstrup, Darren Jewell, Kylie McMartin, David Lawton, Heather Moorcroft

Kiribati Multicultural association
Rita Terepo, John Terepo, Philp Muller, Rudi Muller, Rosia Muller, Lulu Terepo, Elisbesi Terepo, Erma Muller, Edwina Muller, Bennet Muller, Rosanne Muller, Saupo Muller, Alipate Terepo

Greek Dance Group
Poppy Kathopoulis, Chrissa Skandarlaris, Anastasia Koulianos, Despina Cleanthous, Dina Tsougranis, Irene Skillas, Joanna Kaltourimidis, Maria Koulianos, Mikelina Hourdas, Melissa Siriotis, Holli Braithwaite, Kathleena Skandarlaris, Maria Pastrikos, Sylvia Geranis, Sylvia Hourdas, Valanti Patmios, Alex Hatzivalsamis, Chris Kristakis, Michael Papathomas, Skevos Troumouliaris, Strathos Melas, Manual Seriotis, Thomas Seriotis, Lorena Diaoris

Rince Na Eireann Irish Dance Group
Dixie Blake, Rochelle Blake, Michaela Blake, Josie Blake, Alex Gotze, Owen Spencer, Tea Glass, Georgia Glass, Madison Glass, Claire Marron, Shauna Maguire-Olstad, Siobhan Maguire-Olstad, Tracey Mepham, Shawnee Mepham, Georgia Scott, Janie Miles, Elouisa Edwards, Mara Dobrini, Jessica Flight, Taylah Cramp, Caitlin Darby, Bridgeen Marron

Filipino Dance Group
Esperanza Estelle Quindara, Maria Gemma Cabunsol, Danarose Mary Dizon, Rachael Marie Gain, Vera Marie Tabuzo, Freychel Taylor

Tracks Youth Dancers
Ashley Abbott, Rachael Abbott, Mahima Amy, Maddison Ash, Kelly Beneforti, Georgia Canning, Rochelle Chin, Kasi Chong, Katrina Firth, Karina Glasby, Tamara Goodman, Hannah Grant, Taylor Hailes, Christi Hamon, Stevie Kirk-Groves, Anokai Lancaster, Amanda Lay, Jennifer Lay, Lian Low, Maja Lukic, Primae Matuguina, Kristy McAllister, Eliza McClelland, Elle Megaw, Chantelle Jamila Murray, Corina Nichols, Estelle Quindara, Jensinse Rickert, Maryanne Roufeil, Lea Santos, Clare Simpson, Vera Tabuzo, Jasmine Tremblay, Katena Valastro, Ricky Borg, Gary Bui, Jason Chau, Imanuel Dado, Ned Dorman, Erwin Fenis, John Ferrer, Cameron Goodman, Flavio Jong, Grant Nery, Anthony Nolen, John Rigas, Andy Lay, Beau Ruutz, John Vargas, Paul Viojan

Darwin High School
Carmen Jap, Patricia Tamayo, Carola Brockshcmidt, Bianca Javier, Kate Ryan, Kathryn Lawrence, Casey Evans, Lanii Wagstaff, Rodeuta Ringuet, Kesteill Vane Eck, Paige Mischker, Sawadu Dai, Kristanty Batuk, Stevie Smith, Olivia Mc Clelland, Lana Renshaw, Kristi Renfrey, Ashlee Houston

Grey Panthers Senior Women’s Dance Group
Judith Allen, Lucy Aylett, Bette Chapman, Marge Duminski, Liz Gammon, Audrey Gorring, Ellen Hankin, Kathleen Harding, Jan Hastings, Crena Hemmings, Val Hristova, Marg Lee, Lillian Mann, Elaine Marlow, Judy McKerr, Dianne Mount, Helen Murphy, Patricia O'Neil, Chris Parker, Michelle Robles, Shirley Somers, Janine Sutter, Antonietta Vanzella, Gwen Varney, Punny Vegter, Maria Vlastuin, Mavis Waddell, Jacquie Williams

Darwin School of Ballet
Myra Anderson, Sasha Beekman, Kate Boyd, Elle Chandler, Emma Foley, Rachael Gargan, Hayley Kelly, Sasha Lai, Phoebe Mansfield, Laura McIntyre, Josephine Parian, Alexandra Presswell, Sonja Simonato, Bea Smith, Josephine Tchia, India Wilson

Guest Men
Lyndon Bradshaw, Paul Burrett, Xavier Burrow, Mick Denigan, Jimmy Doyle, Roland Duering, David Hastings, Jim Inglis, William Joyce, Rod Joyce, Alan McGill, Robert McGreggor, Vic Middleton, Mal Mundy, Steve Muras, Tom Pauling, Dr Reginald Prasad, Sani Townson, Ted Warren MLA, Quito Washington, Gerry Wood MLA, Daniel Alderman

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts
Emil Coutts-Kidd, Joshua Ingrames, Luke Ingrames

Casuarina Secondary College
Jennifer Lee, Michaela Da Costa, Candice Sanchez


  • Act 1: The Cultural section. Beginning with a welcoming song (Pacific Islanders), moving through Chinese Lions, the Lotus fan dance, martial arts (Asian Blessing - Lotus opens),Pacific Islanders (Tin), Irish (Morning Dew), Greek (Pentazolis), and Filipino (Tinikling), this was an eclectic mix of dance that concluded with a Cultural Finale (Zorba).
  • Act 2: Romance. Utilising the skills of the Grey Panthers Senior women’s group, we see how romantic camping in the Territory outback can be - if only there were no mosquitoes! Having been chased into their tents the romance continues with a love duet danced by Erwin Fenis and Kelly Beneforti, surrounded by ballerinas in sparkling white. As a large group of men enter the space, things start to heat up, until the women are revealed in all their ballroom finery. Dancing the night away, the clock strikes and the fantasy fades.
  • Act 3: A Time for Change. Youth dancers storm the oval, building a future filled with a different energy. The ‘funk’ takes flight
  • Act 4: Finale. An extravagant finale with all performers and an amazing fireworks display.

Tracks 2007

Artistic Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
General Manager: Fiona Carter
Dance Animateur: Julia Quinn
Youth Dance Animateur: Erwin Fenis
Administrative Assistant: Skye Raabe
Bookkeeper: Julie Ann Stark
Development Consultant: Suzanne Fermanis

Committee Members: (Chair) Jill MacAndrew, (Vice-Chair) Jackie Wurm/David Taylor, (Treasurer) Glenn Bernardin, (Secretary/Public Officer) Traci Keys, (Ordinary Committee Members) Ken Conway, Nick Papandonakis, Donna Quong, (Ex-Officio Members) David McMicken and Tim Newth

Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Paul Wan


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