Community

Our Company is our Community

Our company members are drawn from our community, rich with diversity in age, cultures, beliefs and styles. We celebrate intercultural and intergenerational differences, therefore focussing our endeavours on Youth, Seniors, Indigenous and Multicultural.

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Youth

Tracks has a long history of working with young Territorians to develop a stronger dance community able to work successfully within the often harsh conditions of the Northern Territory. Drawn from diverse backgrounds they bring to Tracks an array of dance styles. Tracks’ Development Program mentors and trains them to be the next contemporary cultural leaders, and they invigorate many of our major performances. Youth provide valuable intergenerational links into the broader community.

Click here to read about B Boy and co-founder of the D*City Rockers, Aaron Lim

Click here to read about Venaska Cheliah, who has a background in traditional Indian dance

Click here to watch a video of young people talking about what they have gained from working with Tracks and being involved in Tracks projects.

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Seniors

Giving voice to Territory culture means creating work for, and about, all Territorians. Seniors are often overlooked for the ‘younger’ models, and yet they hold valuable knowledge, wisdom and know-how. When it comes to maintaining, developing and passing on culture to younger generations, the role of the senior is invaluable. Seniors have access to information held within one of the oldest living cultures in the world.

Tracks has a long-term relationship with two key groups of seniors: the ceremonial dancers of Lajamanu and the Grey Panthers.

Click here to read about Ellen Hankin, who has performed over 100 times with the Grey Panthers

Click here to read about Marg Lee, who has been a Grey Panther since 2004

Click here to read: A history of the Grey Panthers

Click here to read: Dance as a whole of life activity

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Multicultural

Darwin is distinguished by its high proportion of residents who have originated from other countries (over 30% have a language background other than English), a significant percentage of which are from South East Asia.

With proximity and a similar climate, locals tend to adopt lifestyle traits more in tune with South East Asia than with Australia’s south.

Tracks builds strong relationships by showing and giving respect to people, place and spirit, and integrating and fusing various cultures in recognition that our community is made up of people who view this not as strange, but as a simple fact of life.

Click here to read about dancer, choreographer and founder of The Multicural Academy, Chandrika Munasinghe

Click here to read about Director of the Balinese dance troupe Tunas Mekar Balinese Collective, Putu Desak Wati

Click here to veiw a video that shares some of our Multicultural voices.

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Indigenous

The national population percentage of Indigenous Australians is under 3%. However, in the Northern Territory it is closer to 30%, many living in remote communities and speaking languages other than English. In the Northern Territory we have direct contact with, and are influenced by, Indigenous cultures. Tracks seeks ways to understand and celebrate the many Indigenous cultures that make up contemporary Australian culture.

Tracks has a particularly strong relationship with the remote Warlpiri community of Lajamanu, 950 km south-west of Darwin. Together, since 1988, we have developed works that share both Warlpiri and Western cultures. A major outcome of these three decade collaboration is the Milpirri Festival a biannual event that draws the whole community together.

Click here to see some great portraits of the people involved with Milpirri

Click here to read about Creative Director of Milpirri, Steve Wanta Jampijinpa Patrick

Click here to read about Caleb Japanangka Patrick, a Warlpiri artist involved in all Milpirri Festivals as well as many other Tracks projects

Click here to read: A short history of the long-term relationship between Lajamanu and Tracks Dance

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Voices of Tracks

Our community is rich with a diversity of age, cultures and beliefs. In order to celebrate these differences we focus our endeavours on Youth, Seniors, Indigenous and Multicultural.

Voices of Tracks - Youth

Youth

Click here to watch a video of young people talking about what they have gained from working with Tracks and being involved in Tracks projects.

Read about B Boy and co-founder of the D*City Rockers, Aaron Lim

Read about Venaska Cheliah, who has a background in traditional Indian dance

Watch a video of emerging artists talking about being involved in the 2015 Choreographic program - Engine Room

Voices of Tracks - Seniors

Seniors 

Click here to hear members of the Grey Panther (seniors' dance troupe) talk about belonging to the group

See a short video of the Grey Panthers in a performance called Future Age

Read about Ellen Hankin, who has performed over 100 times with the Grey Panthers

Read about Marg Lee, who has been a Grey Panther since 2004

Read about the history of the Grey Panthers

Read a paper written by David and Tim: Dance as a whole of life activity

Multicultural

Click here to veiw a video in which leading multicultural aristists talk about working within Tracks projects

Read about dancer, choreographer and founder of The Multicural Academy, Chandrika Munasinghe

Read about Director of the Balinese dance troupe Tunas Mekar Balinese Collective, Putu Desak Wati

Veiw video of Putu Desak Wati and Chandrika Munasinghe (and others) talk about being involved in Hidden Meaning, a Tracks performances where four cultural dance groups reveal the stories behind their costumes

Indigenous

Click here to read about Creative Director of Milpirri, Steve Wanta Jampijinpa Patrick

Read about Caleb Japanangka Patrick, a Warlpiri artist involved in all Milpirri Festivals as well as many other Tracks projects

Watch highlights of Milpirri 2016 performance in Lajamanu

Watch a documentary 'Winds of Change' the making of Milpirri on SBS ByDemand

Read a short history of the long-term relationship between Lajamanu and Tracks Dance

Voices of Tracks - Artists

Artists

Click here to watch a video of David McMicken and Tim Newth talking about their company Tracks

Watch a video shot in Lajamanu of a residency between Kelly Beneforti and Caleb Japanangka Patrick

Read about Kelly Beneforti and her work with Tracks

Read about Caleb Japanangka Patrick's long conection to the company

Voices of Tracks - Donors

Donors

Judy supports the company in many ways. Click here to read Judy's story

Voices of Tracks - Audience

Audience

Click here to read some audience responses