Le Dernier Appel / The Last Cry
“This superb performance combines the virtuosity of its performers with considerable sensitivity. The quite exceptional choreography gives rise to a dialogue and unites worlds and cultures that were previously remote from each other. They take the audience on a marvellous journey whose highly poetical imagination constantly surprises and astonishes.” – Didier Deschamps, directeur van Théâtre National de Chaillot Paris and coproducer about Le Dernier Appel / The Last Call
Le Dernier Appel / The Last Cry explores recuperation in aftermaths of colonisation, seeking what to embrace of the new and what to let fall. While governments debate, peoples born of invasion, migration and displacement, wait for the new day. From divergent histories we meet in states of instability, frustration and radicle reinvention.
Colonisation has shaped us. To undo the past is impossible. Decolonisation is both necessary and a false goal. As older ways of life deteriorate, situations become increasingly urgent yet progress is painfully slow.
Le Dernier Appel / The Last Cry is an Australian/New Caledonian co-production which asks how these concerns can disturb and regenerate dance in the Asia Pacific region, embracing reconfigurations of power and the transmission of old and new knowledges.
Coproduction: Carriageworks (AU), L’Agence de Développement de la Culture Kanak – Centre Culturel Tjibaou (NC), Théâtre National de Chaillot Paris (FR), Le Manève – Scène national de Maubeuge (FR), Arts House Melbourne (AU)
- Genre: Dance
- World premiere: August '19 Sydney/Nouméa
- Direction: Dalisa Pigram & Serge Aimé Coulibaly
- Creation & performance: Amrita Hepi, Stanley Nalo, Krilin Nguyen, Yoan Ouchot, Dalisa Pigram, Miranda Wheen
"A bold and breathtaking new dance work by Marrugeku."
"Forceful, rapid-fire contemporary movement, acrobatic street styles and traditional dance."
"Repetitive cycles of alienation, frustration, sorrow and humiliation in the face of political injustice over decades find powerful expression."
Australian Book Review