LE DERNIER APPEL (THE LAST CALL)
What are the possibilities and impossibilities of decolonisation for Australia and New Caledonia?
Le Dernier Appel explores recuperation in aftermaths of colonisation, seeking what to embrace of the new and what to let fall. While governments debate, peoples born of invasion, migration and displacement, wait for the new day. From divergent histories we meet in states of instability, frustration and radicle reinvention.
Colonisation has shaped us. To undo the past is impossible. Decolonisation is both necessary and a false goal. As older ways of life deteriorate, situations become increasingly urgent yet progress is painfully slow.
Le Dernier Appel asks how these concerns can disturb and regenerate dance in the Asia Pacific region, embracing reconfigurations of power and the transmission of old and new knowledges.Le Dernier Appel is an intercultural and trans-Indigenous production, with dancers of First Nations, immigrant and settler descent from Australia and New Caledonia.
It is directed and co-choreographed by Marrugeku’s associate artist Serge Aimé Coulibaly (Burkina Faso/Belgium) and co-choreographed with Marrugeku’s Dalisa Pigram with dramaturgy by Rachael Swain. Le Dernier Appel is designed by New Caledonian installation artist Nicolas Molé and music is by Ngaiire, Nick Wales and Bree Van Reyk.
Image: Arnaud Elissalde
Marrugeku is an unparalleled arts presence in Australia today, dedicated to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians working together to develop new dance languages. Marrugeku breaks down walls and builds bridges between urban and remote dance communities, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and between local and global situations.
Led by co-artistic directors choreographer/dancer Dalisa Pigram and director/dramaturg Rachael Swain, Marrugeku’s works have been acclaimed across the world, appearing in prestigious festivals and venues in Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. Recent productions Gudirr Gudirr and Cut the Sky have been presented across Australia, in Europe, North America and the Pacific.