Marrugeku is at the leading edge of Australian contemporary intercultural performance. Founded in 1994 in Western Australia, the company is currently under the artistic direction of Rachael Swain and Dalisa Pigram. Drawing from the lives of people and communities living in remote North West Australia, Marrugeku Theatre Company share the memories and traditions of Indigenous culture through contemporary dance-theatre. Place and identity, migration and misplacement, and the constant shifting world of cultural identities and globalised fantasies constantly inform the direction of their productions.
Their ambitious large-scale outdoor works are created through long-term collaborations with a multicultural cast of professional and community based artists. The company utilises contemporary dance, traditional and contemporary music, physical theatre, circus, installation and video art. Each visually spectacular production is designed to tour regional and remote communities as well as major Australian and international arts festivals.
Marrugeku’s previous works have followed their world premiere seasons in WA (Mimi 1996, Crying Baby 2001, Burning Daylight 2006), with significant touring lives including seasons in Broome, Perth, Kunbarllanjana, Maningrida, Elcho Island, Yirrkala, Brisbane, Uluru, Sydney, Canberra, The Philippines, The Netherlands, New Caledonia, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and Brazil. Marrugeku’s latest production Buru is performed by ten young artists from Broome. Buru recently toured in the Kimberley and will tour to North America in April 2012.