Posted by: Richard | August 2, 2015

L in Adelaide

‘With successors Leigh Warren and Stewart by her side, Dalman bade a dozen or so founding members of ADT stand in their places. The rest of the audience leapt to their feet and cheered them to the roof, a fitting end to a memorable night. –  The Adelaide Advertiser 19 July 2015

On Saturday 18 July Mirramu Dance Company was joined by the current Australian Dance Theatre dancers in an evening of contemporary dance celebrating the 50 year history of ADT, the work of the founders of the company and their first ten years from 1965 to 1975, and Elizabeth’s ongoing professional dance career. It was with considerable satisfaction and excitement that Mirramu took to the stage to honour all of this history and to anticipate what is yet to come. L in the Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre was a wonderful evening full of emotion and joy, aptly  marking such a significant occasion. Audiences and critics alike enjoyed the contrasting performances of the two companies.

Our thanks to all the Mirramu Dancers for their commitment, dedication, hard work and energy throughout this project both in Adelaide and in Queanbeyan: Vivienne Rogis, Miranda Wheen, Janine Proost, Mark Lavery, Amanda Tutalo and Hans David Ahwang. Thanks to Rodney Bates for beautiful lighting design and ever efficient technical direction. Andreas Dalman created the fine musical score for the show and Kimmo Venonnen produced the very effective voice recording. Thanks to the talented and resourceful Sharon Rasker, our costumier, to Sarah Pritchard and Jo Topperwein for stage management and all kinds of assistance. Bravo  to the founders of ADT for their participation in and support of the evening. Thanks to Garry Stewart and the current ADT for joining us on stage and celebrating this milestone, bringing together not just past and present and all that came between but a sense of the bigger story of Australian dance.

As usual, photography and videography were by Writing with Light’s Barbie Robinson and Richard Scherer respectively.

Thanks to our funding body for L in Queanbeyan the NSW Government through Arts NSW and to the Adelaide Festival Centre for assistance in South Australia. The tour to Adelaide was funded by Elizabeth and Mirramu Creative Arts Centre.


Posted by: Richard | July 15, 2015

L opens at the Q

Venus Rising from L L opens at the Q for two performances on Wednesday 15 July 10.30am and 7.30pm.

Mirramu Dance Company is proud to celebrate 50 years of contemporary dance in Australia and 50 years of the professional career of its founder. L is much more than this though. L is the story of every life and the challenges we face as we forge our individual paths. L is about belief – the sort of belief every artist has in pursuing the passion to express through art, not just ideas and feelings, but one’s deepest and most vulnerable self.

Thank you to the NSW Government through Arts NSW for supporting the development of this work and its premiere performances in Queanbeyan.

Posted by: Richard | July 10, 2015

L features in Michelle Potter’s website

Michelle Potter has published a story about L on her her website On Dancing.
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We thank Michelle Potter for her comprehensive and informed coverage of dance in the ACT and beyond.

Posted by: Richard | June 30, 2015

The Magnificent Seven: Dancers gather for L

Mirramu Dance Company is delighted to welcome a new dancer to the fold, Hans David Ahwang. Hans is from the Torres Strait form the island of Moa.

He graduated last year from the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association and has performed with NASIDA and The Arpaka Dance Company from the Torres Strait Islands throughout the Pacific including The Woodford Folk Festival (2009), Australian Dance Awards (2013), The 11th Pacific Arts Festival – Solomon Island (2012), Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (2012 & 2014), WOMAdelaide Festival (2013), Indigenous Leadership Conference (2013) and the Inaugural Homeground Festival at Sydney Opera House directed by Rhonda Roberts.

Hans also has a modelling career. In 2014 he was the only Torres Strait male selected to model in the first Australian Indigenous Fashion Week in Sydney and he has recently returned from Fiji Fashion Week.

The company line-up for L is: Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, Vivienne Rogis (co-founder of Mirramu), long time Mirramu dancer Miranda Wheen, Janine Proost who has just appeared in Strange Attractor in Canberra, and returning dancers Amanda Tutalo (based in Queanbeyan and off stage for a little while having family) and Sydney based Mark Lavery, who was in the original cast of Sapling to Silver in 2011. It is wonderful to have everyone at Mirramu for an intensive two weeks of development work for L.

The show premieres at The Q, Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre with two performances – 10.30am and 7.30pm. Book at or phone 6285 6290.

L then travels to Adelaide for one night only at the Dunstan Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre. This production includes an opening performance of excerpts from Be Your Self by the current Australian Dance Theatre under the direction of Garry Stewart.

Book for L Adelaide at or phone 131 246.

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When Australian Dance Theatre founder Elizabeth Cameron Dalman brings her current company Mirramu Dance Company to the Dunstan Playhouse in the Adelaide Festival Theatre Centre on 18 July with her production of L, it is particularly fitting that the current company under Garry Stewart will perform as her guests an excerpt from Be Your Self to open the evening.

To be yourself was indeed a mantra for the fledgling company of the 1960s and 70s, and one which Dalman has continued to espouse in her own more than 50 year professional career. At 81 she still dances, teaches, mentors and choreographs around Australia and travels regularly overseas as a guest dance elder.

L is a once in a lifetime opportunity for an Adelaide audience to see where being herself has led Dalman and to experience a unique moment in Australian dance history with this coming together of past and present on stage in one performance only. It will also be a significant professional return for Dr Dalman, who founded Australian Dance Theatre on 10 June 1965 in Adelaide and was its Artistic Director for 10 years.

The development of L from the seminal work Sapling to Silver (2011, Canberra) and its NSW season has been supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW, but with funding not forthcoming from the Australia Council for the Arts for the Adelaide leg of the project, Elizabeth decided to fund it herself – it was too important a landmark in Australian dance history to let it pass unnoticed – and she immediately invited the current Australian Dance Theatre to join her.

Praise for Elizabeth Cameron Dalman and Sapling to Silver

  • Robyn Archer Artistic Director of the Canberra Centenary said of Sapling to Silver: ‘This was without doubt the finest dance performance I have seen in Canberra in the last two years and it rates with the best in the nation.’
  • Michelle Potter, a leader in the field of dance writing and criticism and the inaugural curator of dance at the National Library of Australia, reviewing for The Canberra Times described Sapling to Silver as ‘a brave and beautiful work’.
  • Bill Stephens reviewing for the Canberra edition of City News wrote, ‘it was both astonishing and moving to witness her remarkable performance in this extraordinarily important program’.

Information is at

Online bookings for L at The Dunstan Playhouse search for Mirramu Dance Company at: or phone 131 246.
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Posted by: Richard | June 6, 2015

Book for L at The Q

We are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for L at The Q in Queanbeyan.

Based on Sapling to Silver, a seminal work made in 2011, L brings together six established members of Mirramu Dance Company  – Artistic Director Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, company co-founder Vivienne Rogis, Miranda Wheen, Janine Proost, Amanda Tutalo and Mark Lavery. Joining the company for the first time is NAISDA graduate, Torres Strait Islander Hans David Ahwang.

Incorporating some of the most significant choreographies of the early years of Australian Dance Theatre in the 60s and 70s, L also weaves into its story works from each decade to the present day. Although L has strong autobiographical elements, it is also a profoundly human story that speaks of everyone’s experience of life, loss and the getting of wisdom, stories of the greatest elation and the deepest despair.

L is a contemporary dance theatre work celebrating life from the wildness of youth to the process of ageing. L asks the fundamental question – how to live a vibrant life to the end. L tells everyone’s story through the story of one remarkable life spent dancing.

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Mirramu Dance Company is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.


Posted by: Richard | May 31, 2015

Critics acclaim Fortuity

Fortuity has now finished its season at the Courtyard Studio Canberra Theatre Centre. Mirramu would like to thank the Canberra Theatre Centre for its magnificent support of the Fortuity project. Read More…

Posted by: Richard | May 16, 2015

Fortuity begins second weekend

The second weekend of Fortuity, perhaps not surprisingly, also beings a new program. People who came last weekend will see some of the same material if they come again, but mostly a lot of new work and certainly a ‘new show’ with a very different feel.

Our Friday audience certainly enjoyed it and got us off to a great start for the last part of the project. Bookings for Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2.30pm with a short informal artists’ forum to follow.

Pictured Vivienne, Miranda and  Elizabeth in Tango Lament


Posted by: Richard | May 13, 2015

Fortuity T-shirts now available

T-shirtsWe love our new Fortuity T-shirts – here are most of us in them outside the Courtyard Studio.

Our Fortuity T shirts will be available at the theatre for $25.

Posted by: Richard | May 13, 2015

Second week of Fortuity

Janine Proost in FortuityJust as the fabulous Janine Proost is flying through the air to Peter Paul and Mary, so is the season of Fortuity flying.

This week you can happen upon us with our micro performances:

  • at Canberra Museum and Gallery on Wednesday 13 May at 12 noon
  • at the National Museum of Australia on Thursday 14 May at 12 noon

BUT don’t whatever you do miss the stage production of Fortuity at the Courtyard. Just three shows left

  • 6pm on Friday 15 May  – nice and early for these wintry nights.Come straight from work and go out to dinner afterwards or rush home to warm your toes
  • 8pm on Saturday 16 May
  • 2.30pm on Sunday 17 May, followed by a brief informal forum with the artists – a great chance to ask questions up close and personal.

Read what Bill Stephens had to say at

Posted by: Richard | May 10, 2015

Fortuity opens!

Christopher Chu BotticelliFortuity opening night was a delight with lots of our friends there and a very tuned in audience indeed. Christopher is definitely channelling a 60s self.

More shows:

  • Today Sunday 10 May at 2.30pm,
  • Friday 15 May at 6pm,
  • Saturday 16 May at 8pm
  • Sunday 17 May at 2.30pm.

Happen upon us at FREE performances:

  • Canberra Museum and Gallery Wednesday 13 May at 12 noon
  • National Museum of Australia Thursday 14 May at 12 noon
Posted by: Richard | May 8, 2015

Fortuity on stage

Only one more sleep until Fortuity hits the stage at the Courtyard Studio Canberra Theatre Centre. The last of our visiting Taiwanese dancers arrived today and the rest of the company have been hard at work in the theatre this week. We look forward to welcoming you all and to sharing our work with you. Be prepared for some time travel and an intimate tête-a-tête with Elizabeth.

If you want to happen upon us we are at the National Gallery at 11am and 1pm – first in the upper foyer in front of the Turrell graphic and then in the sculpture gallery. Nitya joins us again for the gallery micro performances.

Tickets for the Courtyard season at

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Posted by: Richard | April 29, 2015

Fortunity: 1-14 May 2015

Photo: late  Jan Dalman

Photo: late Jan Dalman

FORTUITYaccident or chance, the act of being accidental or casual (Macquarie Dictionary)

FORTUTY is a project by Mirramu Dance Company and visiting Taiwanese dancers, celebrating 50 years of contemporary Australian dance in this 50th anniversary year of Australian Dance Theatre, founded by Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM in Adelaide on 10 June 1965.

You may happen upon us at one of our national or territory cultural institutions where we will give you a foretaste of works from the ground-breaking choreographies of the 60s and 70s that changed the face of dance in Australia. Then join us at the Courtyard Studio Canberra Theatre Centre from 9 to 17 May with a stage production paying homage to these times of societal and cultural revolution.

Mirramu Dance Company FORTUITY – happen upon us:

  • Friday 1 May National Library of Australia 1pm
  • Saturday 2 May National Portrait Gallery 11am and 1pm
  • Friday 8 May Canberra Theatre Centre foyer 7.30pm
  • Saturday 9 May National Gallery of Australia 11am and 1pm
  • Wednesday 13 May Canberra Museum and Gallery 12 noon
  • Thursday 14 May National Museum of Australia 12 noon

Bookings; phone 6275 2700

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