WA Aboriginal arts organisation Marrugeku has been recognised for its significant contribution to the performing arts as a new entrant in the National Performing Arts Partnership (NPAP).
Based in Broome, Marrugeku is dedicated to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians working together to develop new dance languages.
Organisations in the NPAP are presenters and producers of large-scale work, are considerable employers and contributors to their local economies and have an important role to play in the development of audiences and artists.
The company has had significant reach both nationally and internationally by sharing its unique approach to contemporary dance.
The framework is funded by State Governments in partnership with the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.
Other NPAP organisations include West Australian Ballet, West Australian Opera, Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and Black Swan State Theatre Company.
As stated by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
“I am proud to see this Western Australian company recognised on the national stage. It is so well-deserved.
“Led by Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain, Marrugeku’s incredible work has had a significant contribution to the performing arts landscape.
“Including Marrugeku in the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework will ensure even more audiences are introduced to the experience of intercultural performances.”
As stated by Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna:
“Marrugeku is a much loved local dance organisation that produces some beautiful contemporary work with powerful messages.
“It is wonderful to see a Kimberley-based company chosen to be included in the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework.”