Divercity premiered at Arts House as part of the Dance Massive 2017. It has since gone on to be presented as part of the first ever Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival hosted in Narrm.
Divercity started as a means to share the many different ways in which Aboriginal languages, movement, paint up and stories differ depending on whose country you are on. It emerged as a short dance film as part of my Masters in Animateruing degree at VCA. It captured four dancers, Jacob Boehme, Carly Sheppard, Nikki Ashby and myself all from different countries and all moving in different ways. In such a simple form, diversity is present through movement.
From this realisation came the desire to expand the visibility of such a concept and to share it with as many people as possible. The stage seemed the most obvious of places to present this idea. This led to two creative developments through Arts House’s program, CultureLAB in 2015 and 2016. At the end of the 2016 development Divercity began to materialise into a showcase of dance, language, and visual art made up of powder, paint and projection.
The creative developments of the work have dared to ask ‘When you live away from home and reside in the city, on someone else’s land. Does it change your relationship to country?’ Now in 2017, as a new dance work, the reply is simple. ‘We carry country in our bodies wherever we go through our language, movement, bloodline, stories, memories, connection to place, designs of paint up and humour.’