• Dalisa Pigrim effortlessly contorts her body to tell a story about Aboriginal culture.
A solo dance piece about Aboriginal culture is being showcased for the first time as part of the 2014 Sydney Festival.
By
Tara Callinan

Source:
NITV News
16 Jan 2014 - 5:27 PM  UPDATED 18 Jan 2014 - 5:07 PM

Broome dancer Dalisa Pigram and granddaughter of Pat Dodson is performing her latest work titled 'Gudirr Gudirr' at Carriageworks Studios in Eveleigh.

Ms Pigrim sought guidance from one of the Australia's most respected Indigenous leaders when looking for inspiration.

"My grandfather, he actually planted the seed idea which was to take that function of the bird and take that as a beginning point to explore the ways that the tide is turning on my community."

Ms Pigrim realised that the snipe-shore-bird was a perfect metaphor for change and named her piece after the sound it makes when the tide is turning.

She effortlessly contorts her body to tell a story about Aboriginal culture and to bring awareness to the loss of Indigenous language.

Ms Pigrim also highlights the increasing rate of youth suicide in remote communities, especially in the Kimberly region of the Northern Territory.

"Youth suicide rates in the Kimberly alone are one of the highest in the world, so it’s quite shocking to hear that, and I don’t want it to become a norm,” said Ms Pigrim.

'Gudirr Gudirr' will be showing at Carriageworks as part of the Sydney Festival until January 19.