In Your Blood 2018
Since 1997 Tracks has produced an annual, original, full-length dance work and season for the Darwin Festival. 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.
We sons and daughters of mothers and fathers, we are born of blood. The blood of culture, the blood of belonging, the blood of not belonging, we are generations. 'We live, we die. What remains, what carries forward, what is buried? You dance with such spirit, such energy. It’s like you transform. It’s in your blood'.
In Your Blood is a full-length cross-cultural and generational work. In an outdoor performance setting a cast of approximately 20 dancers will dance out genuine relationships of Mothers and Sons, of four generations, of belonging and not belonging to a culture.
The choreographers range from Australian artists of Sri Lankan and Balinese descent who are first generation Australians, through to Australians who have been here from two to seven generations, to Indigenous artists who have lived here for countless generations.
How does our dance culture change over generations as it is passed down through increasingly diverse and changing families? Rather than look at specific generations ie baby- boomers, gen X/Y millennials), we will look intergenerational. 'A body of work over a body of time'. Engaging with issues of memory, culture, and belonging, In Your Blood explores a number of key sites of generational change and intergenerational relations.
Concept and Artistic Directors: Tim Newth and David McMicken
Choreography: Kelly Beneforti, Venaska Cheliah, Putu Desak Wati Stretton, Chandrika Munasinghe,
Performers: including professional and community dancers.
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Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.
We greatly thank Sylvia Langford, Brian Tucker, Katrina Fong Lim, Barbara Bauert, Barbara Pitman, Barry Thomson, Darryl Butler, Don Whyte, Encore Pilates team, Graeme Cheater, Heather Hyde, Joanne Hilliard, J.L Hills, Judy McKerr, Nicole Cridland, Noya Chong Wah, Roslyn Henry, Sally-Anne Mason, Shannon Beneforti, Virginia Burrow, Jan Conti, Ian Landon, Diana Leeder, the Grey Panthers, our Deckchair Fundraising night audience, the Board of former Ausdance NT and the Board of Charttes.
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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. 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, Administrator of the Northern Territory
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