Emergence 1999


Lake Leanyer, Darwin

A cross cultural co-production with Corrugated Iron Youth Theatre project  depicting the cultural and scientific relationships between the dragonfly and the environment. Cultures involved were Papua New Guinea, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. Performance May 1

Tracks artists David McMicken and Tim Newth were engaged as creative consultants to work across the three sections. David worked across the choreography and with choreographers and cultural leaders Paia Ingram and Tau Ingram. The Grey Panthers senior women’s dance group was also utilised in the Laurabada section. Tim focused on the design

Section One - Laurabada

  • Laurabada: The wind that brings the dragonflies (traditional dance).
  • Wind Dance - contemporary dance.
  • 0 Lau Lua na ta (traditional fishing dance).
  • Fishing Dance: catch small bait fish (Urea).
  • Selile: Traditional yam harvesting dance, celebrating a good harvest.
  • Dragonfly dance: celebrating the arrival of the dry season.
  • Celebrating the messenger, the Dragonfly.

The old people, seeing the swarms of dragonflies, say that it will be a rich year, with plenty of yarns, bananas and other crops. There will be plenty of other fish for eating. So the dragonflies are a sign of bounteous harvests, with plenty of food. The old people build a 'Dubu, a yam platform, and there will be singing and dancing ceremonies to celebrate the good harvest. The dragonfly is a sign of good times and good harvests. The wings of the cane dragonfly installation have been woven in patterns, showing the shapes of the fish bones of the fish that are caught at this time of year, they are: Lalata, Udalaru and Gorere.

Section Two - A Sign of Change

Depicting Indigenous Aboriginal Lifestyle and the dragonfly.

The performers developed a strong understanding of indigenous culture through the process of attending a three-day camp at Daly River. The children learnt about weaving, gathering, fishing, and how the community lives on their land. They also presented contemporary interpretations and dance found through the imitation of the dragonfly

Section Three - Growth, Change & Emergence

A contemporary performance based on the scientific understanding of the dragonfly’s life cycle. To create this section young people were engaged in a series of workshops in kite, mask, and puppet making. Dance Sequences were also created to signify the changes in the cycle leading to the emergence of the dragonfly.

Creative Personnel

Key Artists and Concept: Bilha Smith, Richard Mclean, Paia Ingram
Director: Jenine Mackay
Creative Consultants: David McMicken, Tim Newth


Scarlet Love, Irene Bebeklis, Jaevar Adams, Thea Thomas, Amy Hudson, Sarah Linda Pinto, Abel Pinto, Priscilla Morgado, Wilson Morgado, Melissa Morgado, Dominic Saint Clare, Joseph Clements, Taylor Kadiba, Aiva Kadiba, Paia Ingram, Airi Ingram, Tau Ingram, Philip Eaton, Anna Faehse and The Grey Panthers: Adie Bruce, Hanna Stamm, Kay Brown, Delcia Cooke, Glad Morris, Jo Davis, Audrey Svara, Kath Baldwin, Mavis Waddell, Audrey Gorring.
A Sign Of Change
Seraine Namundja, Ricane Galaminda, Jessica Mariot, Shari Sebbens, Bradley Sebbens, Nyssa Munkara-Sweet, Amber Munkara, Maudie Love, Jakob Brunnbauer, Kimberly Mulholland, Heather Mulholland, Gloria Kickett, Jarius Ganawa, Dominic Saint Clare, Claire Shanahan, Amanda McGuinness, Richard McLean, Samantha Chalmers, Kathryn Gilbey, Philip Eaton.
Growth Change & Emergence
Chiara Adams, Cleo Richardson, Fran Swan, Brianna Potter, Rebecca Vale, Belinda Vale, Stephanie Vale, Joseph Clements, Kin Leong, Kassie Alcorn, Erin Coonan, Leah Flannigan, Briony Willcocks, Gabby Le Brun, Zoe Crawford, Matthew Laki, Hattie Body, Nichola Christie, Amber Milne, Virginia Cowley, Paul Laki, Thea Joy-Jarvis, Lucy Baddeley, Lucy Buckley, Paia Ingram Jr, Anna Faehse.


  • Laurabada (Trade wind April – July) that brings the dry season and the dragonfly. Papua New Guinea. Paia Ingram
  • A sign of Change - Depicting Indigenous Aboriginal Lifestyle and the dragonfly. Richard McLean.
  • Growth, Change, Emergence - contemporary performance based on the scientific understanding of the dragonfly’s life cycle. Bilha Smith

Tracks Dance 1999

Artistic Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
Administrator: Amanda Carlton

Inaugural Committee Members: David Taylor (Chair), Ken Conway (Vice-Chair) Chris Raynal (Treasurer), Rukshana Ramachandran (Secretary/Public Officer), Tania Lieman, Jackie Wurm, Kez Hall, Nick Papandonakis (Ordinary Committee Members), David McMicken and Tim Newth (Ex-Officio Members)


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