We have been busy of late having just returned from New York where we performed Stephen’s Warumuk – in the dark night with The Australian Ballet at Lincoln Centre.
New York was a whirlwind fast paced adventure. After the very long 23 hours of traveling from door to door, we were all eager to get out and get lost in the city. It is such a fantastic, exciting city, although a very tiring one. Each day felt like two days, as we were trying to jam pack it full of everything New York had to offer.
Our performances at Lincoln Centre were very special and memorable. Being invited to share the stage with The Australian Ballet was not only fantastic in itself, but what really made the performances for me was that together we were sharing, and telling traditional Yolngu night stories to the city that never sleeps, and receiving a standing ovation whilst doing it. Supposedly that never happens in New York, so for us to achieve that together was a huge milestone.
I feel as though my feet and body haven’t had time to feel planted on the ground I call home, which is Sydney. After having spent 6 weeks in Melbourne at the beginning of the year creating and performing Warumuk then a short season at the Sydney Opera House, we were all greatly looking forward to being home and settled for a while and being involved in a new story under the directorship of Frances and her ideas. We have been discovering TERRAIN is about a greater connection to earth, to country and an exploration of the relationship we, as Indigenous people, have to the landscape of our beautiful country.
Considering our circumstances leading up to the creation we had spent 7 weeks not at home and in the past month of June have been in a different city each week, the idea of exploring our connection to earth and to our landscape, could not be more poignant.
Daniel Riley McKinley