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Sydney Festival: Jurrungu Ngan-ga 

27 January @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT

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An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until 29 January 2022

One event on 29 January 2022 at 2:00 pm

Dance as resistance. Challenging yet joyful, Jurrungu Ngan-ga — meaning ‘straight talk’— is a provocative new dance theatre work by Marrugeku which confronts Australia’s shameful fixation with incarceration. The mesmerising multimedia production is a frank conversation with the Australian psyche, exposing the deep-seated fears holding us back from truth and justice.

Inspired by perspectives on incarceration shared by Yawuru leader Patrick Dodson as well as Kurdish-Iranian writer and former Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani with philosopher Omid Tofighian, Jurrungu Ngan-ga examines the common thread that connects outrageous levels of Indigenous incarceration to the indefinite detaining of asylum seekers.

Through movement, spoken word, installation and a powerful musical soundscape, the cast draws on intersecting yet distinct cultural experiences (Indigenous, immigrant, people seeking asylum, transgender and settler) to ask: who really is in prison here?

Harsh truths blend with dark humour, fear, sadness and courage to shine a light on new ways to rewrite our future – together.


27 January
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sydney, NSW 2015 Australia
02 8571 9099
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