Djuki Mala – The Chooky Dancers
Date: Wednessday May 7, 2014
Time: 1.30pm & 8pm
Duration: 60 Minutes
Suitability: All ages
Bookings: 5232 2077
Djuki Mala, a charismatic troupe of dancers from a remote island off Arnhem Land, which has been playing to full houses and standing ovations across Australia, is performing two shows at COPACC on Wednesday 7 May 2014
Producer and director Joshua Bond, also an Elcho islander, said the six dancers had spread joy across the country.
“Djuki Mala get a joyous response whenever they perform – they’re loved in Arnhem Land and everywhere we go,” said Mr Bond.
Comedy and dance were intrinsic to Yolgnu culture which had prepared the dancers for life on the international stage, he added.
“Dancing is a core element of Yolgnu society – they’re dancing from the time they’re old enough to walk,” Mr Bond said.
“Although they’ve been dancing professionally since 2007, they’ve been dancing their whole lives and they have an innate sense of their own physicality.
“We’ve worked with some of Australia’s best dance companies and choreographers, and whether it’s been Sydney Dance Company, or others, they always say no-one picks up movement as quick as Djuki Mala – they’re naturals.”
The Chookies have blazed their own path through the world of dance, performing traditional works, and fusing them with a range of other dance styles in a formidably athletic and entertaining style.
It was their inimitable and hilarious take on Zorba the Greek that shot them to viral fame on YouTube.
“Djuki Mala continue to break new ground cultivating indigenous dance blended with physical comedy and this tour will include retrospective work that will be influenced by the early YouTube phenomena,” Mr Bond said.
Their exuberant formula is bringing in big crowds to see their take on Bollywood, Hip Hop, and broader influences including martial arts.
“The show’s been playing to sold out venues and performing arts centres with standing ovations during and after the show everywhere we go – and that’s everyone families, adults and children included,” Mr Bond said.
“It’s really an opportunity to tell a bit of our own story and share some of the more intimate moments that have shaped Djuki Mala over the years,” he said.
The Chooky Dancers will perform at 1:30pm and 8pm. The show is sponsored by Cape Otway Lightstation.