Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park starts talent search
INDIGENOUS performers from throughout Australia will soon be able to share their talent with Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.The park will host auditions at Kuranda, Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide over the next two months, to find their next crop of talent for a new Tjapukai show starting in May this year.
Ozworks Entertainment creative director Mark Eady, who will develop the show with help from Tjapukai performer Martha "Cookie" Brim and operations supervisor Norm Barsah, said he is looking for performers who can bring their story to the stage.
"Performers could be dancers who have permission from their elders to share their traditional dances at Tjapukai, contemporary dancers, story tellers, singers, ochre artists or teachers of Aboriginal skills, such as the making of tools, musical instruments, building humpies, hunting and food gathering," he said.
Martha "Cookie" Brim, who has been with Tjapukai for almost 20 years, said the auditions were an opportunity for indigenous people to share their culture with the world.
"I was taught about bush tucker and medicine by my grandmother as a young girl and that information is now being shared across six generations as I pass on my knowledge to my two-year-old granddaughter," she said.
The performers will be part of Tjapukai's $12 million transformation, which will start with a restructure of the outdoor areas of the park, including the dance theatre, cultural village and throwing fields.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is also looking for a contemporary dance choreographer, musicians, recording artists of indigenous music scores and behind-the-scenes staff. To register for an audition or interview, visit tjapukai.com.au, call Sue Ryan on 07 40429926 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. tag Auditions: Kuranda February 25, Cairns March 4, Brisbane March 5, Sydney March 6, Melbourne March 7, Adelaide March 8.
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Talent search: Norm Barsah plays didgeridoo with some support from Martha `Cookie' Brim at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where auditions are being held for all kinds of performers. Picture: ANNA ROGERS.