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February 2, 2018
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February 19 - April 29, 2018
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March 8, 2018
Studio Residency Showing
 
April 16-20, 2018
Make a Dance in a Week
 
April 29, 2018
Big Dance
 
July 2018
Fresh Tracks
 
August 2018
In Your Blood
Full Length Production
 
November 3, 2018
Milpirri Festival
 
  • 18/10/2018

    The Milpirri soundtrack is created in stages, a process that is led by musician Monkey Marc (Marc Peckham) and this year assisted by MC and lyricist Mantra (Rob Tremlett) and Tracks Animateur Kelly Beneforti. The final soundtrack features many voices from the community, from children as young as eight right up to prominent Lajamanu elders.

     

    Delving into the themes with Jampijinpa and Jangala

    The first stage involved extensive discussions with Steve Jampijinpa Patrick and his father Jerry Jangala Patrick to explore and refine the themes for the Milpirri performance. The themes for Milpirri 2018 are taken directly from the Jurntu ceremony, which is a Warlpiri ceremony that revolves around lessons of Law. Each ‘colour group’ deals with a different aspect of Law, appropriate to the kinship system from which the colour system has been derived.
    Monkey captured this conversation for archival and documentation purposes, even though most of it doesn’t end up directly in the Milpirri soundtrack. Mantra used the information to create colour group summaries and voice-over scripts, which bring the often complex and layered ideas into a more succinct form that are appropriate for kids, and that non-Warlpiri people can grasp. 

    Writing and recording with the kids

    Monkey and Kelly then spent a week at Lajamanu school running music workshops to create the songs that the students will dance to in the Milpirri performance. For the kids, this is an opportunity to explore the Warlpiri themes and values that are found within Milpirri and involves them directly in the writing and recording of the soundtrack. It is magical to share in the delight that the kids get from hearing their own voices in the music.
    Each class group worked on a song for one of the four colour groups. The students worked with Monkey and Kelly to come up with lyrics that reflect the particular aspect of the Jurntu ceremony that relates to that colour group. For Yellow group this is Respect; for Blue group it is Responsibility; for Red group it is Justice; and for Green group it is Discipline. See the images below for the song lyrics that were created with the students of Lajamanu School. 

    Recording the voice-overs

    The final stage in making the Milpirri music involved recording Steve Jampijinpa Patrick speaking the introductory and closing words for this year’s performance. Steve also recorded the dialogue that captures this year’s themes for each of the colour groups, which include explanations of the traditional female and male artefacts that represent those themes.
    Marc and Kelly also found willing young men from the community, at least one from each of the colour groups, to record this dialogue so as to include many more voices in the soundtrack. In discussion with the women it was decided that for this Milpirri - based around the Jurntu ceremony of law and order – it was important to have men speaking about the themes, although women have their own significant role within the understanding, teaching, practicing and upholding of Warlpiri law. The men who were recorded are Roger Japaljarri Jurrah, Liam Jangala Patrick, Walter Jangala Wesley, Matthew Jakamarra Patterson, Shaun Japanangka Johnson, and Max Japanangka Gordon.
    Finally, Steve’s father, Jerry Jangala Patrick, came into the recording ‘studio’ to assist with the difficult job of translating the colour group dialogue into Warlpiri, which took lengthy discussion, debate and collaboration between father and son.
     
     
  • 17/10/2018

    Milpirri is based on the Ngapa Jukurrpa (Rainstorm dreaming) of Steve Wanta Jampijinpa Patrick’s family: ‘the rain cloud spirit saw the smoke from a large fire in the distance and liking the smoke he travelled to it. When he arrived he joined with it to make the big rainstorm cloud’ says Steve.

    The Milpirri cloud is also called an Anvil-Headed Cumulonimbus cloud. It is created when the hot desert air travelling upwards combines with the cold air dropping down. When a Milpirri cloud forms people know that a big storm is being made. That storm is full of thunder and lightening. But it also drops rain which creates new growth and food for everyone.

    For Jampijinpa this dreaming is a metaphor for the potential interaction between Indigenous and non-indigenous people, when ‘two different things come together to create something different and something that is so precious’, he says.

    We must be aware of the conflict of two different things coming together, and work through the differences, knowing that the new growth is coming as a result of the combination.

  • 16/10/2018

    The 2018 Milpirri performance themes focus on artefacts. Tracks has collaborated with the Lajamanu Warnayaka Arts Centre towards making sets of boomerangs for the men and clap-sticks and dancing boards for the women.

    Sixteen young women were active throughout the early part of 2018 in painting their sixteen sets of Milpirri artefact props which they will dance with in this year's Milpirri - Jurntu performance. They were supervised through the process by established Lajamanu artists and were inspired by the Milpirri banners. 

    To read more about the Milpirri Banner designs that have been painted on the props, search through the Milpirri Banners archives. The banners are like a coat of arms to the Warlpiri people of Lajamanu.

    Female Painters:
    Mercia Napurrurla Lewis, Miranda Napurrurla Cooke, Felicia Napurrurla Lawson, Natalie Napurrurla Ross, Clarise Napaljarri Mcdonald, Sylvannia Nungarrayi Spencer, Erlinda Napaljarri Mcdonald, Valentine Napaljarri Mcdonald, Deandra Napanangka Burns, Gwenyth Napanangka Tasman, Lyndal Napangardi Dixon, Narlita Napanangka Robbo, Zindzi Nampijinpa Jigili, Tegan Nangala Patrick, Charlene Nangala Hargraves and Matrina Nangala Robertson

    Supervising Female Elders:
    Sonya Napaljarri Cooke, Elizabeth Nungarrayi Ross, Elma Nungarrayi McDonald, Myra Nungarrayi Herbert, Biddy Nungarrayi Long, Biddy Napanangka Timms, Judy Napangardi Martin and Nancy Nangala Watson

    Thanks to Anna Spencer, Ralphie Japangardi Dixon, Gerald Jampijinpa Watson and Louisa Erglis from Warnayaka Arts Centre and the artefact prop carvers from the Barkly region, particularly Joseph Williams.

  • 06/10/2018

    The 2018 Milpirri performance theme focuses on artefacts. Tracks has collaborated with the Lajamanu Warnayaka Arts Centre towards making sets of Milpirri artefact props; boomerangs for the men and clap-sticks and dancing boards for the women.

    Nineteen young men were active throughout the year painting sixteen sets of Milpirri artifact props which they will dance with in this year's Milpirri performance. They were supervised through the process by established Lajamanu artists. The artifact props were inspired by the Milpirri banners and they look fantastic!

    To read more about the Milpirri Banner designs that have been painted on the props, search through the Milpirri Banner Home Page. The banners are like a coat of arms to the Warlpiri people of Lajamanu.

    Male Painters:
    Titus Jupururrla White, Lorenzo Jupururrla Lewis, Abraham Jupururrla Cook,  William Jakamarra Lewis, Bradley Jakamarra Rockman, Graham Japaljarri Mcdonald, William Jungarrayi Mcdonald, Derek Jungarrayi Ronson, Corey Jungarrayi Raymond, Duane Jungarrayi Gibson,  Brendan Jungarrayi Payton, Nicky Japanangka James, Demetrius Japanangka Sambo, Dylan Japanangka Gordon, Gerald Robbo Japanangka, William Jampijinpa Patrick, Micky Jangala Donnelly, Dion Jangala Anderson and Lazarus Jangala Hargraves

    Supervising Male Elders:
    William Jakamarra Lewis, Richard Japaljarri Payton, Clifford Jungarrayi Mcdonald, Steven Japanangka Dixon, Steve Jampijinpa Patrick

    Thanks to Anna Spencer, Ralphie Japangardi Dixon, Gerald Jampijinpa Watson and Louisa Erglis from Warnayaka Arts Centre and the artefact prop carvers from the Barkly region, particularly Joseph Williams.

    See what the Women in Lajamanu have been busy painting.

  • 18/09/2018

    AusDance National hosted the 2018 Australian Dance Awards on Saturday 8 September at the Brisbane Powerhouse in Queensland.

    Tracks Dance Company received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance for Man Made. Our 2017 cross-generational work calling on a diverse range of movement skills to produce an engaging examination of the male psyche.

    Man Made drew together a cast of 27 passionate male community dancers, aged from 12-79, from diverse cultural and dance backgrounds and experience.

    The creative team of 2 directors (Tim Newth and David McMicken), 4 choreographers (Aaron Lim, Josh Mu, David McMicken, and Kelly Beneforti), 3 composers, and the cast, collaborated to create this full-length outdoor performance, on a specific site soon to be eradicated and transformed into a 4-lane boulevard entrance to the city. It certainly took this whole community to make such a powerful and positive statement about the men of Darwin. Thank you to all the Tracks family for making this dream possible.

    We'd like to congratulate and thank the other amazing nominees in this category, Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre, Annette Carmichael & James Gentle and QPAC, The Royal Ballet and Community Groups. And thank you to AusDance National for supporting Australian dance in all its forms.

    More information, photo's and videos about Man Made are right here.

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Diary Dates

 
November 2017 - March 2018
Space Time Studio Residency
 
February 2, 2018
Grey Panthers Workshop begin
 
February 19 - April 29, 2018
Tracktivation
Live Darwin
 
March 8, 2018
Studio Residency Showing
 
April 16-20, 2018
Make a Dance in a Week
 
April 29, 2018
Big Dance
 
July 2018
Fresh Tracks
 
August 2018
In Your Blood
Full Length Production
 
November 3, 2018
Milpirri Festival