A war is waging at the centre of the world, where the magic of ancient cultures are pitted against the subterfuge of the west. On Bundjalung country however, there is sorry business taking place; a mother wails as a father is languishing.
Mamoonh, a Bundjalung revolutionary engaged in war at the centre of the earth, hears the voice of his mother Gammi who has the power to control the wind. As the wind gathers into a force, Mamoonh can no longer ignore Gammi’s lament and returns to Bundjalung country with his wife and two sons. Mamoonh fatigued from war at the centre of the world arrives to find there is war afire on his very own country. With urgency, Mamoonh realises he must invoke the magic of ancient Bundjalung customs to guide his son through lore in order to heal the hurt and trauma of the past, make sense of the present, and to envision a future. Told through a series of vignettes, strong physicality and contemporary First Nation voices with themes of magic realism, we see Mamoonh transition into a lore man, guiding his son from boy to man, follower to leader. Djurra – the magic is here, the magic is now.
Djurra is a new direction for the project formally known as the Three Brothers based on the Three Brothers Bundjalung creation story.
Writer | Dr Romaine Moreton
Director | Kirk Page
Composer | Dr Lou Bennett
THE MAKING OF DJURRA
Djurra had its genesis in NORPA’s Three Brothers project. In 2016 we lost one of our cherished creative team members, David Page.
April 2016 | VALE DAVID PAGE
“Mr Page was one of NORPA’s cherished creatives with Three Brothers, as a composer and performer.
He was also a tradition-bearer, a new knowledge-keeper, a man of great depth and obligation.
Every day his work involved our old music and songlines of ancestors and the old ones . He exposed the world to our Dreaming, to our voice, devoting himself to reviving culture and making it meaningful to us today. Through his music Mr Page healed so many of us.
As an actor he had great depth and craft, he had that cheeky cheeky smile and it was his comic timing and ability for mimicry that established him as one of our great stage performers.
There are no words to comfort in this very sad passing, but there is love and there is commitment to ensuring this great artistic leader is honoured for his profound contribution not only to the Indigenous community but to the Australian community.”
Rhoda Roberts, Co-Director
About Three Brothers (2013 – 2016)
A universal story of family legacy and cultural identity.
Through the language of dance, song, storytelling and imagery, renowned Aboriginal theatre and dance practitioners are collaborating to develop a powerful new work – Three Brothers.
The three brothers come from a small town. The family are 2,500 generation Bundjalung, 5th generation Irish.
Their growth as men, discovering the beauty and pain of an uncertain future, reminding them of their strong connection to their heritage in a town that heaves with the silent guilt of theft and injustice. They recall real experiences of brutality, dehumanisation, denial and their survival, facing this new era of decolonisation.
Each son reveals very different versions of their journey; of custodial obligations and individual quests to undertake and understand who and what they are, or could become.
Visually stunning and heartbreakingly raw, Three Brothers is inspired by a Bundjalung creation story. It looks at family relationships, generational trauma and the struggle to be heard. Told through a series of vignettes, strong physicality and contemporary Aboriginal voices.
three brothers Creative team and cast
Directed and devised by Rhoda Roberts and Julian Louis, the creative team includes Kirk Page, Romaine Moreton, Tibian Wyles, Djon Mundine, Guy Simon and Mitch King.
The following artists have also contributed to the development of Three Brothers since 2013 – Choreographer Frances Rings, Writer Melissa Lucashenko, and Performers Billy McPherson, Thomas E S Kelly, & Damion Hunter.
Our Community Partners on Djurra are:
Gulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council
Bundjalung Elders Council
The Northern Rivers Conservatorium
Photos | Kate Holmes