Desire Machine Collective
CUT THE SKY
Perth International Arts Festival, Regal Theatre
27 FEB–1 MARCH 2015
In the dead of night on 7 August 1980, a convoy of 49 drilling vehicles left Perth for the dusty plains, purple escarpment and old boab trees of Noonkanbah Cattle Station. They were stopped by a wall of people whose now-infamous protest set a new direction for Aboriginal land rights forever. In 30 years we have come so far, but as we face our future, have the questions changed or are they still the same? Who will be there to sing the rain song when the sky speaks?
Featuring the poems of dream-catcher Edwin Lee Mulligan, a custodian of Noonkanbah, and songs by Ngaiire and Nick Cave, Cut the Sky is a richly layered genre-defying dance work set to ignite your imagination by raising questions about how we value that which is above and below the earth’s crust.
In this world premiere season, Marrugeku’s hallmark choreography and personal storytelling brings to the fore a vision of our future that is something to behold.