Amalgamate is a creative journey that began with the commissioning of its unique score - a collaboration between composer Elena Kats-Chernin, whose background lies in Western music, and David Page who composes in the Aboriginal tradition.
The inspiration for the commission of this score comes from a traditional Aboriginal song, which describes what happens when saltwater and freshwater come together.
Amalgamate consists of six parts, each drawing on the dancers' individual spirit and their experiences. The work features traditional songman Grant Nundhirribala, a leader and teacher of music and dance in the Numbulwar community in South East Arnhem Land.
This production features the First Nations language Wubuy/Nunggubuyu (South East Arnhem Land).
Sections of Amalgamate
Amalgamate premiered in 2006 as part of the double bill Gathering, which included Rites and Amalgamate.