Productions

Ngathu

Ones Country - the spine of our stories

  • North East Arnhem Land

Ngathu is inspired by the ngathu (cycad) nut, which only appears for a fleeting moment before the wet season.

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About

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, but Ngathu is his first choreographic work for the Company.

Ngathu is inspired by the ngathu (cycad) nut, which only appears for a fleeting moment before the wet season.

This production features the First Nations' language Yolngu Matha (Yirritja language group, North East Arnhem Land).


Sections of Ngathu

  • Two Yapas - Two Sisters wake and prepare for the harvest journey
  • Wurrumthun Ngarra - Travelling to the harvest
  • Ngathu Warratthun - Picking and sorting the cycad nut
  • Warratthun Contemporary
  • Warratthun Ngarra - Travelling and gathering
  • Mel'wutthun - Hitting and preparing the cycad nut
  • Mel'wutthun Contemporary
  • Warratthun Ngarra - Travelling
  • Lurrpu - The white cockatoo signals
  • Ngurrtja - The sacred bark protects the cycad nut over the hot coals
  • Warratthun Ngarra - Travelling fast
  • Wata - The wind is blowing
  • Two Yapa's - The two sisters carry the knowledge of the cycad nut with them through the coming seasons and the next generations

Duration: 23 Minutes


Ngathu premiered in 2017 as part of the triple bill ONES COUNTRY, which included Ngathu, Place, and Whistler.

Productions

Credits

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Touring

Premiere Season: Carriageworks | 2017
ONES COUNTRY - the spine of our stories: Ngathu Program 2017