Australian National Maritime Museum hosting award-winning Aboriginal dance troupe

 

The Australian National Maritime Museum is hosting a limited run of cultural performances by the award-winning Muggera Dance Troupe from 31 January until the 5th February. 

The lively 30-minute interactive performance provides the opportunity to discover more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, cultural practices and customs. Combining contemporary and traditional dance with didgeridoo playing, the performance explores Australia’s First Peoples intrinsic connection to the land and sea. 

Michael Harvey Australian National Maritime Museum Head Assistant Director, Public Engagement and Research, encourages visitors to come and learn firsthand the significance of these traditional practices, experience the traditional dance and try their hand at the didgeridoo.

“The Australian National Maritime Museum’s strategic priorities include sharing our Indigenous maritime history,” explains Harvey, “and draw upon this year’s exhibitions that will share both sides or viewpoints of our history as we reflect on 250 years since Captain James Cook and the HMB Endeavour charted the East Coast of Australia.”

“The Museum’s extensive 14-month Encounters 2020 program looks at this historic event and its lasting impact on modern Australia.”

“The dance performance from the Muggera Group explores an important part of the narrative.”

The Muggera Group members come from a long line of cultural leaders, song men, dancers and didgeridoo players. All members of Muggera have been performing and sharing their culture for many years and have been guided by their Elders over many decades.

Things to Know:

Performance includes:
• Acknowledgement to Country and all nations across Australia
• Talk about Indigenous culture, storytelling and dance
• Dance performance
• Didgeridoo performance
• Audience participation & photo opportunities

Duration: 30 mins
Suitable for all ages

Details:
31 January 12pm-12:30pm
2 February 12pm-12:30pm
5 February 12pm-12:30pm 

Performance Ticket
Adult: $20 Child $10
Concession $15 

Performance & See It All Ticket
Adult: $45 Child $25
Concession $35 

About Muggera Dancers
Winners of the 2019 Dance Rites, a celebration of First Nations Dance, Muggera Dancers is a family group who prides itself on its cultural knowledge and professionalism. Founded in 2015 by Darren Compton and Jacqui Cornforth, the members for Muggera come from a long line of cultural leaders, song men, world-class dancers and didgeridoo players with a formidable respect for culture. All members of Muggera have been performing and sharing their culture for many years and have been guided by their Elders over many decades. Muggera has ongoing support from community and family Elders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities to share culture, establish the Muggera Dance group and set a new standard for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performance and engagement in Australia.


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