08 May 2019

Empire Theatres Weekend of Dance!

The Empire Theatres will host two of the country’s most entertaining and acclaimed dance companies for one entertaining weekend of dance in June.

Brisbane-based Expressions Dance Company and well-known Indigenous dance sensations Djuki Mala (The Chooky Dancers), will perform from June 1-2, giving dance audiences a chance to experience two extraordinary performances across two days.

Presenting Natalie Weir’s The Dinner Party on Saturday 1 June, 7.30pm for one performance only, Expressions Dance Company brings a gripping and fun contemporary dance that premiered to extraordinary reviews in Brisbane. 

The Dinner Party is a thrilling ride that exposes the not-so-beautiful in beautiful people.

“The Dinner Party is a highly visual feast for the senses, with modern, high fashion costumes and an exciting, fast moving story. You won’t have been to a dinner party like this before!", said choreographer Natalie Weir.

Following The Dinner Party, direct from Elcho Island in North East Arnham Land, Djuki Mala take to the Empire Theatre stage on Sunday June 2 at 4pm 

Winners of the Dance award at both the Adelaide and Perth Fringe, Djuki Mala are guaranteed to put a smile on your face as their infectious enthusiasm and explosive energy burst onto the stage.

Unique, infectious, high-energy and always exuberant, Djuki Mala present a stunning fusion of traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, dance and storytelling with a hefty dose of heart and soul.

“Our show tells the genesis of Djuki Mala, in a way that challenges the western anthropological view of First Nations culture. We do this with our humor, our dance, our story and our culture. We take our culture out of the museum and place it very firmly in the 21st century - with a bit of circus and bling! ”said Djuki Mala performer, Baykali Ganambarr.

To coincide with Djuki Mala’s performance, a number of free entertainment and activities will take place on the Empire Theatres lawn including local Indigenous dance, performance and traditional games.

For more information or to book tickets to these performances, please contact the Empire Theatre on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au.