Guest Performance / Dance

Marrugeku: “Jurrungu Ngan-ga / Straight Talk”

As part of Tanz im August
34th International Festival Berlin
presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer

German premiere in cooperation with International Summer Festival Kampnagel

Australian-based company Marrugeku boldly investigates that which Australia wishes to lock away. Responding to narratives of fear and detainment shared by Yawuru leader Patrick Dodson and former prisoners such as Kurdish-Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani.

A black man in a strap shirt with his right arm raised looks into the distance.

Jurrungu Ngan-ga / Straight Talk

© Prudence Upton

  • 85 min
  • In English with German surtitles

Past Dates

6.8. Meet the Artist

The intercultural performers draw on their life stories as indigenous, displaced, exiled, transgender or settler subjects. “Jurrungu Ngan-ga” – translating from Yarawu to “Straight Talk” – builds on allied intelligence and intersecting experiences of resistance and survival to ask who is really in prison here.


Dalisa Pigram, Rachael Swain, Patrick Dodson Concept
Dalisa Pigram Choreographer
Rachael Swain Director
Hildegard de Vuyst Dramaturgy
Behrouz Boochani, Patrick Dodson, Omid Tofighian Cultural dramaturgy
Sam Serruys, Paul Charlier, Rhyan Clapham aka DOBBY Music
Sam Serruys, Paul Charlier Sound design
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah Stage design
Andrew Treloar Costume design
Damien Cooper Lighting design
Stacy Peke aka Red Ladybrui5er (Krump Army) Additional choreography
Aiden Brennan Production manager & lighting Control
Raine Paul Sound engineer
Denise Wilson Company manager
Natalie Smith Production & tour manager

By & with
Czack ‘Ses’ Bero, Emmanuel James Brown, Chandler Connell, Luke Currie-Richardson, Issa el Assaad, Zachary Lopez / Macon Riley, Bhenji Ra, Feras Shaheen, Miranda Wheen

Co-commissioned by: Carriageworks, International Summer Festival Kampnagel Hamburg with the Körber Foundation, the City of Melbourne through Arts House
Funded by: the Australian Government through Arts Funding, the Advisory Council of the Australia Council, the Indigenous Language and Arts Program, the Western Government through the Department of Local, Sport and the Cultural Industries, Create NSW, the Nelson Meers Foundation, International Kampnagel Summer Festival with the Körber Foundation.

Organiser Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Tanz im August is a festival of HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Supported by means of the Capital City Cultural Fund and by the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.