Revealing Broome's hidden history
Intercultural dance company Marrugeku bring to life the buried, haunting story of Broome’s pearling industry, and the bond between Malay peoples and First Peoples of the Kimberley.
Reflecting on early colonial times of racism, slavery and stolen children, Mutiara celebrates a deep connection that often led to love and lifelong companionship.
Marrugeku’s Dalisa Pigram and Singaporeans Soultari Amin Farid and Zee Zunnur co-choreograph and perform, collaborating with Broome ex-pearl diver Ahmat Bin Fadal, visual artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah on set design and sound by composer Safuan Johari.
Mutiara’s dance language draws on diasporic connections, Southeast Asian martial art silat, and Yawuru and Minangkabau dance forms, to interrogate a hidden history.
Bones speak, seas change, ancestral beings feud and deep beneath the surface the pearl diver yearns for home. Mutiara celebrates resilience, love and the strength of ancestors.
Cultural and content warning – please be advised that this production recounts some themes based on the real-life, traumatic experiences of our Ancestors. Parental discretion is advised.
★★★★½ "This is an astonishing work in many ways... performed with skill and passion." – Sydney Morning Herald (on Marrugeku's Jurrungu Ngan-ga)
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