When you live away from home, on someone else’s land, does it change your relationship to country?
Bundjalung and Yaegl choreographer Mariaa Randall presents a playful and multilayered exploration of place, people, landscapes and language in Divercity.
Two female dancers, each living in separate Australian cities and belonging to two different Aboriginal countries, contemplate the complexities of a transplanted life. Illuminated by an evocative filmic backdrop by video artist Keith Deverell, the women draw on contemporary and traditional dance practices, storytelling and ritual to give shape and form to their connection to land and culture, and to share the layers of cultural diversity through dance.
The result is a stunning celebration of belonging, shared meaning and cultural individuality.
Mariaa Randall is a Bundjalung and Yaegl woman from the Far North Coast of NSW. A graduate of NAISDA Dance College, she has a Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation and a Master in Animateuring from the VCA.
Randall’s recent works includeDivercity, her solo HA LF, Poetry in Motion (created in collaboration with 2nd year dance students at VCA) and the dance installation Painting the dance. She worked as a choreographer on Jacob Boheme’s Blood on the Dance Floor and artistically directed Tanderrum, the welcoming festival of Kulin song, dance, trading and cultural exchange that opens the Melbourne Festival.