Descendance

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DESCENDANCE WAS BORN FROM THE MIGHTY NGARU ABORIGINAL DANCE COMPANY (NAROO ORIGINAL SPELLING) WHICH BEGAN PERFORMING IN SYDNEY FROM 1993, (NGARU MEANING SHAKE A LEG). A DANCE STYLE PREVALENT AROUND NORTH QUEENSLAND, NGARU WAS SECOND ONLY TO THE WORLD FAMOUS BANGARRA DANCE COMPANY IN TERMS OF DURATION, EXPERIENCE AND POPULARITY IN INDIGENOUS CIRCLES IN SYDNEY. NGARU ALSO SUPPLIES MANY DANCERS TO BANGARRA, BUT UNLIKE BANGARRA, NGARU SURVIVED TOTALLY SELF SUFFICIENT WITHOUT FUNDING, AND STAYED TRUE TO ITS GRASS ROOTS. IT FILLED SYDNEYS NEED FOR A WHOLESOME, EXCITING, RELIABLE AND ACCESSIBLE TRADITIONAL PERFORMING ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLAND DANCE COMPANY.

SEAN CHOOLBURRA ORIGINALLY FORMED NGARU IN 1993. SEAN WAS BORN IN TOWNSVILLE IN QUEENSLAND, AND HAS A BACKGROUND FROM 3 ABORIGINAL TRIBES, GIRRMA FROM TULLY (FATHERS SIDE) KALKADOON FROM MOUNT ISA (MOTHERS SIDE) AND KUKUYALANJI FROM COOK TOWN (GRANDFATHERS SIDE).

IN 1998 NGARU CAME UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE LATE, GREAT IMELDA WILLIS WHO CAME DOWN FROM THE SLEEPY SEASIDE MISSION OF YARRABAH IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND, (WHERE SHE RESTS IN PEACE) IMELDA GAVE THE GROUP DANCES AND SONGS FROM HER 2 TRIBES (KAND-JU/ CAPE YORK) AND (YIDINDJI/CAIRNS).

DESCENDANCE WAS BORN TO HER LOVING MEMORY, BREAKING ALL BARRIERS IN ABORIGINAL PERFORMANCE TODAY.

DESCENDANCE MEMBERS RANGE FROM NSW TO MOUNT ISA ACROSS TO ROCKHAMPTON, UP TO CAPE YORK AND AROUND THE TORRES STRAIT ISLANDS.

THERE CULTURE HAS TAKEN MEMBERS TO ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD. DURING THE OLYMPIC GAMES SYDNEY 2000, THE GROUP WAS BOOKED EVERYDAY AT VARIOUS EVENTS TO SHOW THE WORLD THE TRUE SPIRIT OF INDIGENOUS PERFORMANCE. THEY HAVE WORKED IN MOVIES, THEATRE, TV, RADIO, COMMUNITY WORK, CULTURAL CENTRES, FESTIVALS, RECORDING, EDUCATION, AND COUNTLESS CORPORATE, CONVENTIONS AND POLITICAL EVENTS, AS WELL AS BEING THE ONLY ABORIGINAL GROUP TO UNDERTAKE EXCITING FUSION WORK WITH OTHER CULTURES (FLA-MENCO, INDIAN, MIDDLE EAST, AMERICAN NATIVES, SOUTH AMERICAN AND AFRICAN.

 

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