ADELAIDE FRINGE 2017 REVIEW:
Since their 2007 clip of Zorba the Greek went viral, this Indigenous dance group from NE Arnhem Land has wowed audiences throughout the world. Djuki Mala perform a fusion of traditional Yolngu and contemporary dance and storytelling. The dance group was Winner Best Dance at Adelaide Fringe in 2015 and was named the Audience Favourite at WOMADELAIDE 2016. I can see why and so should you.
The mix of traditional dance, filmed interviews with elders and performers, and the upbeat dance hits, crossing a range of generations, is lively and enjoyable.
This should be a five star show, but it’s a little tired. It needs to be refreshed somewhat with updated interviews with the dances and some dance performances featuring more current music. Having said that, the compilations were performed with sass, fabulous comedic timing and cheekiness. The crowds’ uproarious reaction is testament to the dancers’ connection to the audience.
It’s also suitable for kids which is welcomed. As my children grow older it’s increasingly difficult to find shows that are both fun for them and not patronising. Kids are highly discerning and very quick judge. My eight year old also gave this show four stars. She found the first part a little slow. Conversely, it was my favourite part. The storytelling – the Yolngu dancing – it was mesmerising.
You will leave smiling, feeling joy and wanting more. It’ll make you laugh, cry and think.
Go see this show. Take your kids. Take your parents. It’s joyful.