At PICA we recognise that we are situated within the unceded lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We pay our respects and offer our gratitude to Elders past and present, and to those emerging leaders in the community. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the importance of their care and continued connection to culture, community and Country.

Always was, always will be.

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Marrugeku Learning

Marrugeku Learning

In 2023, PICA and Marrugeku presented the world premiere of Burrbgaja Yalirra 2 – a powerful triple bill of new dance works that traced histories of migration, adaptation, and survival in two fiercely physical dance solos and an awe-inspiring duo.

Marrugeku is Australia’s leading Indigenous and intercultural dance theatre company. PICA spoke to Marrugeku’s Co-Artistic Directors, Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain, about the unique multi-year development program for their ongoing triple bill series and how the performing arts can help build understanding between cultures.

About Burrbgaja Yalirra 2

Marrugeku Resources

How can the performing arts help build mutual understanding and respect between cultures?

Answered by Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain.

What are some processes or things to consider when creating artworks that are culturally sensitive and responsible?

Answered by Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain.

What role does dance play as a source of strength and resilience for Indigenous people?

Answered by Dalisa Pigram.

Thank You to Our Supporters

Burrbgaja Yalirra 2 was commissioned by the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Carriageworks and Centre Culturel Tjibaou Nouméa; and supported by PICA’s Art Commissioners with support from the Australian Government through the Regional Arts Fund, Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation, and Mission Aux Affaires Culturelles for its development.

17–20 May 2023

Burrbgaja Yalirra 2 – Marrugeku

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