Grant Nundhirribala was Cultural Consultant, Guest Artist and Traditional Songman for Amalgamate (2006), a collaboration with The Australian Ballet for the Gathering program.
Grant is a leader of both traditional and contemporary dance and singing in his community. He is the lead Singer, Dancer and Songwriter for his band Yilila, who have performed across Australia. He has collaborated with famous artists such as Zakir Hussian, Sultan Khan, David Bridie and danced with Yothu Yindi at the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony. He is also the lead Singer for his traditional dance group Red Flag Dancers who are a popular attraction at the Garma Festival each year.
Grant comes from the remote community of Numbulwar in South East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. His relationship with Bangarra Dance Theatre began in 2000 after he worked with Stephen Page for the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Following this, he collaborated and toured with Bangarra around Australia’s capital cities.
Many of Grant’s songs and dances are about the Maccassan traders who sailed from Indonesia from the 16th Century until the early 1900s to trade and share culture with the Aboriginal people of Arnhem Land.
As well as being a leader and teacher of Red Flag music and dance, Grant also dances and sings many other styles from Numbulwar, Gapuwiyak, Groote Island and Yirrkala.
Grant Nundhirribala is a brilliant Musician, Dancer and Teacher and is a respected Artist both in the city and within his Aboriginal community in the bush.