SMOKE is a dance theatre work co-directed by Kirk Page and Jade Dewi TyasTunggal that has been in development on Bundjalung Country in Northern NSW, Meanjin lands of the Yuggaera and Turrbal peoples lands and Indonesia.
Jade and Kirk have laid roots for this work by gathering first-hand experiences of being on-country both in Indonesia (Java, Bali, Kalimantan) and Australia (NSW, QLD). In particular learning TEK (traditional ecological knowledge) with Dayak community in Palangkaraya and Wodi Wodi community in Yuin Country, NSW.
Jade and Kirk collectively bring over 25 years of choreographic knowledge and physical theatre making to their process.
To date, Kirk and Jade have created several interdisciplinary performance works such as; Djurra, Horses Mouth and Defiant. Now coming together to create the new work; SMOKE – A hybrid performance work inspired by their cultural heritage lineages. Motivated by elements of fire and contemporary interpretations of the sacred and the mundane. SMOKE uses the languages of dance, theatre, spoken word, sound, projection, ariel and visual arts.
SMOKE is an Arts Northern Rivers project supported by Create NSW, Regional Arts NSW, QASP, QPAC and NORPA.
More information on this creative development can be found on the Arts Northern Rivers website.
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