Gudirr Gudirr & Screendance 1 film screenings

Gudirr Gudirr

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Gudirr Gudirr is at its heart both a threnody for a genocide and a stirring affirmation of black survival. Unmissable

The Guardian - 5 stars


Part of HOT: New Dance and Performance from Australia

Arrive at 6pm to watch for the Screendance 1  film screenings. Programme can be viewed by downloading the link on the right.

We have now removed our online allocation of tickets. You can still purchase tickets by calling our Box Office 0845 330 3501


Solo work by Dalisa Pigram, directed by Koen Augustijnen (les ballet C de la B)

Gudirr Gudirr is a warning. The guwayi bird calls when the tide is turning – to miss the call is to drown. The animals hear, the land knows. Listen. The language is dying. Young people are hanging themselves. Bulldozers clear our ancestors’ land and gas pipes will soon cut the sea where we fish.

Gudirr Gudirr is an intimate dance and video work by Dalisa Pigram that draws on a physicality born of her Asian–Indigenous identity. In collaboration with choreographer Koen Augustijnen and acclaimed Indigenous Australian visual artist Vernon Ah Kee, Pigram builds a unique dance language marked by effortless focus and a powerful fluidity. By turns hesitant, restless, resilient and angry, Gudirr Gudirr lights a path from broken past to fragile present, and on to a future still in the making.
Gudirr Gudirr calls a warning to Dalisa’s people, a community facing the effects of massive industrialisation on nearby traditional lands whilst fighting to ensure their language will survive. But it also calls a warning to us all that our cultures are fragile and our survival is a constant negotiation.
HOT is co-curated by Robert Walton
"Dalissa Pigram’s solo work Gudirr Gudirr contains movements and language that could well have been performed for 1000 generations. Pigram draws on this living yet ancient culture and combines it with contemporary dance and multimedia to create a piece that speaks to contemporary issues affecting us all. What knowledge from our histories can help us survive the present and create the future? Where do our words and gestures come from? These are questions that all the works in the season ask." Robert Walton