Ŋathu (Ones Country - the spine of our stories)

Ngathu from ONES COUNTRY - the spine of our stories: Cast Sheet 2017

  • North East Arnhem Land
  • Program, Resources

Premiered in November 2017 at Carriageworks, Sydney

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

Duration: 23 MINUTES

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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.

Ngathu's Sections:

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

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