By Zoe Mitchell
The Min Min light, a natural phenomenon, appears over a community and they become entranced by its presence. Min Min is performed by an amalgamation of dance groups, the Kurruru Performing Youth Arts company and the Tal-Kin-Jeri dance group. They used contemporary dance guided by Teachings from the Dreamings to create their performance. The two dance groups had different roles onstage to tell this story together. It was lovely to watch the flowing movements of the dancers from Kurruru. Wearing pretty pastels, they gave the feeling of innocence and added to the mystery of the story. Led by Major Sumner, the Tal-Kin-Jeri performers sang and danced their part of the story in body paint and woven grass belts. This contrast worked well, as it visually separated the traditional aspects of the story from the dance.
On this journey, we stumbled across the Mulyewongk, the Ngarrindjeri people’s name for the Murray River bunyip. This dancer was very convincing, mutating his body into grotesque forms and scaring the schoolgirls in the front row.
It is always enjoyable to go to a performance at Tandanya. You get to soak in the latest Indigenous art exhibition and have a chat with the people there before taking your seat for the show. It felt really good to support a local act such as this.
Kryztoff Rating 3K
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