'Kwongkan journeys from ancient cultures, through the present and into a future where the next generation struggles to save the planet and themselves. This international co-production is visually and sonically startling with passionately powerful physical performances at its core.
'Indigenous Australian performers from Perth’s Ochre Contemporary Dance Company and India’s Daksha Sheth Dance Company combine traditional and contemporary dance theatre with live music, son et lumière, and aerial acrobatics.
'Kwongkan means “sand” in Nyoongar language referencing the cultural significance of this indestructible element in both Indigenous and Indian dance ceremonies; and what most of us are doing about addressing the tsunami of climate catastrophes engulfing our planet – putting our heads in the sand.
'Created and directed by Mark Howett over three years of travel to sacred lands in desert Australia and tropical India with the ensemble; including principal Nyoongar dancer and actor Ian Wilkes, renowned dancer and Bollywood actress Isha Sharvani and musician and composer Tao Issaro, this world premiere is a profound and dazzling mix of beauty and terror, hope and fear.'
Source: Perth Festival.
Co-commissioned by Perth Festival and presented in association with Fremantle Arts Centre at Fremantle Arts Centre, 16 - 20 February 2019.
Creator / Director: Mark Howett.
Performers / Choreographers: Ian Wilkes, Isha Sharvani, Phil Thomson, Nadia Martich, Tao Issaro, Kate Harmann, and Mark Howett.
Designer: Dev Issao.
Composer and Associate Director: Tao Issaro.
Dramaturg: Phil Thomson.