I love this high energy dance performed by the “Chooky Dancers”. Hailing from Australias Northern Territory, Galiwin’ku Community (Elcho Island) in North East Arnhem Land, Djuki Mala are now travelling the world performing their unique dance and thrilling fans with their great talent and unique sense of humour.
Find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/Djuki Mala
*WINNER BEST DANCE ADELAIDE FRINGE 2015*
*HELPMANN AWARD NOMINATION 2014*
*AUDIENCE FAVORITES – WOMADELAIDE 2016
Direct from Elcho Island, North East Arnhem Land, Indigenous dance and YouTube sensations Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers) tell their story in a high-energy show. Unique, infectious, always exuberant, Djuki Mala fuse traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, dance and storytelling to create work that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul.
Since their 2007 clip of ‘Zorba the Greek’ went viral, (it now has over 2.5 million views), they’ve thrilled audiences worldwide with reinterpretations of popular culture and traditional dances in juxtaposition with contemporary Yolngu culture. Djuki Mala have performed at major festivals and events throughout Australia, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, China, Taiwan and Canada, attracting massive media interest and multiple award wins and nominations. Djuki Mala have also appeared in film and television including: ABC TV’s You Can’t Ask That, Secret River, Move It Mob Style, Brand New Day, Network Ten’s Totally Wild and Kids WB. They have performed alongside high profile Australia artists including Jessica Mauboy, Yothu Yindi and John Butler.
The show tells the genesis of Djuki Mala, formerly known as The Chooky Dancers, interspersed with multimedia and gives audiences the opportunity to experience some of the more intimate moments and turning points that have shaped them. Djuki Mala’s unique style shifts the western anthropological lens in which first nation culture in Australia is viewed and places it firmly within a contemporary global context, sequins and all!
“Djuki Mala present more to the audience than one could imagine possible” Herald Sun
“A vibrant celebration of ingenuity and energy” The Age
“their enthusiasm is infection” Sydney Morning Herald
“Energetic, hilarious, groundbreaking” Beat
I hope you enjoy their video as much as I did. Keep smiling 🙂