mi:wi by Taree Sansbury
mi:wi is a new dance theatre work that will show a world where past and future are intertwined using contemporary indigenous dance technique and the cultural practice of weaving from the Ngarrindjeri people of South Australia.
As Mother Nature’s fate hangs by a thread, we find ourselves scrambling for a lifeline. Though sometimes tangled, the connection back to our ancestry might just hold the answer. ‘Mi:wi’ refers to the invisible ties we have to our past and future, people and country. In this arresting dance-based work, choreographer and dancer Taree Sansbury thoughtfully re-connects three Indigenous women through the practice of traditional Ngarrindjeri weaving.
Looking back and moving forward with a growing sense of urgency, mi:wi speaks to the impact of climate change on ways of life while emphasising the importance of the passing on of culture to future generations. With one eye on the future and the other on the past, Sansbury weaves strands of timeless indigenous wisdom through the fragmented madness of our times.
Choreographer/ Performer: Taree Sansbury
Performers: Caleena Sansbury, Katina Olsen
Ngarrindjeri Elder/ Cultural consultant: Phyllis Williams
Costume Designer: Peta Strachan
Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Cheryn Frost
Mentor: Vicki Van Hout
Image: Jamie James
This project has been developed with support from the following organisations:
Next Wave, Darebin Arts, Kurruru Arts and Culture Hub, The Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, Performance Space, Critical Path, UNSW, NAISDA, Blacktown Arts Centre and Campelltown Arts Centre.