Djuki Mala

Dance / Physical Theatre
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WINNER BEST DANCE ADELAIDE FRINGE 2015
AUDIENCE FAVORITES – WOMADELAIDE 2016

Join a joyous celebration 40,0000 years in the making.

Direct from NE Arnhem Land, Indigenous dance and YouTube sensations Djuki Mala are back by popular demand after storming WOMADelaide 2016 and selling out their Garden performances in 2015!

Unique, infectious, high-energy and always exuberant, Djuki Mala perform a stunning fusion of traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, dance and storytelling to create work that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul. Since their 2007 clip of Zorba the Greek went viral, they’ve thrilled audiences at major festivals and events throughout Australia, UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Canada, attracting massive media interest and multiple award wins and nominations.

“A vibrant celebration of ingenuity and energy” The Age
“their enthusiasm is infectious” Sydney Morning Herald
“Energetic, hilarious, groundbreaking” Beat Magazine

Presented by:
Bond Creatives

Djuki Mala achieved overnight success when Frank Djirrimbilpilwuy uploaded a video clip of the group dancing to “Zorba the Greek” on YouTube in October 2007. Within twelve weeks it had peaked at over 500,000 hits worldwide and to date it stands at over 2.5 million views. The dance was initially developed by Lionel Dulmanawuy, Frank’s youngest son. It was created as a thank you to a very special Greek lady named Liliane who was the main carer of his sister, Priscilla. The funny dancing and comedic element of their performance also has its origins in their community, explains Lionel. “It’s a tradition in a young boy’s initiation ceremony. You make up funny dances and do them at the ceremony to make it more of a fun day for the young boy. Zorba the Greek is an extension of that."

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The Garden of Unearthly Delights

The Garden of Unearthly Delights remains unrivalled as Australia’s most vibrant and dynamic festival precinct. Each year, The Gardeners, a partnership between Strut & Fret Production House and Buxton Walker, create a unique festival playground including multiple performance venues, bars, carnival rides, an array of world foods, market stalls and the most unexpected sideshow surprises. The Garden began with just one Spiegeltent in 2000. Over the past 18 years it’s evolved into the greatest arts event in town and the heart of Adelaide’s summer arts festival season. In 2018 The Garden’s 14.4 acre precinct included 16 temporary performance spaces, hosted over a 2788 performances and engaged over 700,000 visitors across 31 days. Our programming is award-winning and internationally recognised, receiving 14 weekly Fringe Awards and 5 overall Fringe Awards in 2018.

Rundle Park / Kadlitpina, Cnr East Tce & Rundle Rd, Adelaide, SA, 5000

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The Vagabond at The Garden of Unearthly Delights

Rundle Park / Kadlitpina, Cnr East Tce & Rundle Rd, Adelaide, SA, 5000

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