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Djakapurra Munyarryun

Cultural Consultant

  • North East Arnhem Land

Djakapurra Munyarryun is a respected Yolngu songman from Dhalinybuy in North East Arnhem Land. He has featured in, and helped create, many of Bangarra’s productions as a dancer, cultural consultant and teacher, songman and yidaki player

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Heritage

Djakapurra Munyarryun is a member of the Munyarryun clan from Yirrkala in North East Arnhem Land.

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Bio

Djakapurra Munyarryun is a member of the Munyarryun clan from Yirrkala in North East Arnhem Land. In 1991 he joined Bangarra Dance Theatre as both cultural consultant and performer in numerous productions including Praying Mantis Dreaming, (1992), Ninni (1994), Ochres (1995) and Fish (1997) and Boomerang (2005). Munyarryun performed in the Bangarra/Australian Ballet co-production Rites (1997), which went on to tour to New York in 1999. Following his acclaimed performance in Rites (1997) he was the recipient of the inaugural Australian Dance Award for outstanding performance by an individual.

Munyarryun and his sister, Guypunura (Janet) Munyarryun, led the Munyarryun clan in Laka Bunkul, a performance in Bangarra's inaugural Dance Clan (1998) series which showcased short works choreographed by Bangarra Dance Theatre members.

Djakapurra was a featured performer in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He also performed in Tubowgule, the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Arts Festival and in Bangarra's Skin which was created for this festival.

In 1993 Munyarryun played the water spirit in Kevin Lucas' operatic film Black River which won the Grand Prix award in Paris for best feature film in 1993, and also appeared in the film Breaking Through- an Imax 3D film produced for Expo ’93. He performed with Yothu Yindi, Christine Anu and David Page in the ABC special Songlines and in 2015, Djakapurra featured in Stephen Page’s film Spear.

Djakapurra created his work Ngathu in 2017 for Bangarra’s end of year season at Carriage Works, One’s Country.

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Awards

  • 1998
    Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by an Individual