In Your Blood 2018

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George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

Since 1997 Tracks has produced an annual, original and full-length dance works. Through these performances Tracks has builds its professional reputation for producing out-door, large-scale, larger casts, and generally site specific works. Contemporary in nature, the shows are expressions of local culture, and a junction point where professional artists, passionate amateurs and community dancers meet.  

'You dance with such spirit, such energy. Its like you’re transformed, it’s in your blood’

Tracks Dance Company’s 2018 show looks across generations, cultures and sporting codes to ask: what exactly is in your blood? And how did it get there?

The Balinese born mum wears her son’s team's colours and takes her fold up chair to the game. Her son wears his grandfather's richly coloured costume brought over from the village, and bends his fingers backwards to get the moves just right. The Sri Lankan family, now in Darwin, head off in their crisply ironed whites; but are they off to the temple or are they off to the cricket game?

In Your Blood is a full-length, cross-cultural and inter generational dance work. The choreographers range from Australian artists of Sri Lankan, Balinese and Northern Territory descent. Boasting a large cast the show is a rare junction point where professional artists, passionate amateurs and community dancers meet and create something extraordinary.

Hometown favourite and ARIA nominated James Mangohig’s original composition sets the pulse. Performing live each night James samples rhythms from across continents and time to forge a massive soundtrack for the dancers.

Taking over the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens Holtze Lawn, Tracks transforms the space in to an open-air tropical theatre and seamlessly transports the audience to another world.

Creative Team

Concept and Artistic Directors: Tim Newth and David McMicken
Cultural Advisers: Putu Desak Wati Stretton and Chandrika Munasinghe
Assistant Director: Kelly Beneforti
Choreography: Putu Desak Wati Stretton, Chandrika Munasinghe, Kelly Beneforti, David McMicken, Venaska Cheliah, Bryn Wackett, Madeleine Brown
Design: Tim Newth
Music: James Mangohig 
Lighting Designer: Chris Kluge

Performers 

Mothers and Sons:
Chandrika Munasinghe, Eranda Munasinghe, Putu Desak Warti, and Max Stretton

Balinese Family:
Ashifa Putri Noor, Kelly Beneforti, Noor Rahmawati and Suryani Sumendra 

Sri Lankan Family:
Hong Doan, Inoka Nanayakkara, Nimeshi Fernando, Nishadya Kapuduwa, Savindie Gunawardhana, Shehana Munasinghe, and Venaska Cheliah

Cricket Team:
Anthony Burridge, Ary Brown, Bryn Wackett, Darryl Butler, Ellen Hankin, Jenelle Saunders, Louise Truan, Robyn Higgins, and Thevi Cheliah

Football Team:
Alicia Smith, Anokai Susi, Cassandra Wallace, Clarice Campos, Grace Halliwell, Jess Green, Jessica Rabelo Amaral, Kristy Renfrey, Kylie Innes, Madeleine Brown, Perrine Orlandini, and Saranya Rajkumar

Umpires:
Ciella Williams and Will Crawford

Production and Promotion Personnel

Production Manager: Duane Preston
Stage Manager: CJ Fraser Bell
Assistant Stage Manager: Tiffany Jansen
Promotion/Media: Adelaide Wood and Jessica Mellor
Costume Construction: Sumana Perera, Wayan Balik (Hare Krisna Collection), Nuwan Aruruddha Guruge Costume Designers
Lighting and Audio Technician: Chris Kluge
Soundtrack Mastering: Matt Cunliffe (Subsonic Music and Sound)
Additional Soundtrack Musicians: Krishan Maheson, Brian Manning
Front of House Manager: Sally Crawford
Head Steward: Jade Kimm
In Your Blood Image and Design: Mark Marcelis
Advertisement/Film Documentation: Dreamedia
Photographic Documentation: David Hancock

Scenario

Umpires Prepare The Pitch/Field

First Quarter
Procession, Offerings, Teams Enter, Coin Toss, and Team Duets

Second Quarter - Cricket / Sri Lankan
Cricket Dance, Mother and Son Duet, Sri Lankan Family Dance, and Son Solo

Half Time Entertainment

Third Quarter - Balinese / Football
Balinese Family Dance,  Mother and Son Duet, Son Solo, and Football Dance

Fourth Quarter
Mothers Duet and Bollywood Finale

Company Partners

Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government.

Project Partners

Darwin International Airport

Supporting Partners

George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Darwin Festival

Thank You

Sean Pardy, Katie Crane - Encore Pilates & Wellness, Merlene Hutt, Chandana Herath, Thilan Kurugala, Jenelle Saunders, Megan Atfield, Ryoko Jones, Staff at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Territory Springwater, Novatech, Territory Party Hire and the Tracks Volunteer Ushers.

Tracks 2018

Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
Company Director: Adelaide Wood
Administrator: Jessica Mellor
Production Manager: Duane Preston
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Bookkeeper: It Figures

Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Venaska Cheliah, Sudha Coutinho, Mandela Yu. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)

Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki

Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory

Videos 

Performance

Tickets On Sale Now

Sun 12 Aug (Preview)
Mon 13 Aug (Opening Night)
Thu 16 - Sun 19 Aug
7:00 pm

Holtze Lawn
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
Enter via Geranium St

Book Tickets Online

$30 Full
$20 Concession
$15 Preview

Audience Responses

"Show was amaze-ball, reminded me of the movie 'Bend it like Beckham' when culture meets sports, pride and humble teaching from our Mothers"

"It was one of the best Tracks performances I have ever seen and I've seen a few. Well done to all of you"

Explore Further

Learn more about Putu Desak Wati Stretton    

Learn more about Chandrika Munasinghe

Previous collaboration between Tracks and Darwin Balinese artist Putu Desak Wati Stretton for Zombies in the Banyan Tree

Past collaboration with Sri Lankan dance company Sama Ballet, Tracks and local artists for Snakes, Gods and Deities

In 2002 Tim Newth completed an Asia Link Residency in Sri Lanka based at the Budhist Temple, Vishawapadma Sansadaya

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