Through Macq, Dancer and Choreographer Jasmin Sheppard searches for the true history of Sydney, examining the two sides to Governor Macquarie. Macq peels back the layers of the man and delves into the impact of his actions on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, past and present.
This production features the First Nations language, D'harawal (Sydney basin).
Sections of Macq
Mourning - The women mourn the loss of their brothers, husbands, fathers and sons with ceremonial red ochre
Picnic at Parramatta (Durbur)
Territory - The fight over land and ownership - Two worlds meet
Declaration - The troops are sent out. The declaration of war upon Sydney Aboriginals is proclaimed. Macquarie resigns himself to this
Bodies in the Trees - A warning to all others
Diary - Macquarie’s diaries. The breakdown of a leader
Hope - From 30,000 D'harawal to 1,670. We are resilient
Duration: 25 minutes
Macq premiered in 2013 as part of the quadruple bill Dance Clan 3 which included Nala, Macq, Dive, and Imprint.
Macq toured in 2016 as part of the triple bill OUR land people stories, which included Macq, Miyagan and Nyapanyapa.