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Melbourne's biennial First People's arts and cultural event, YIRRAMBOI Festival is taking place from 2 to 12 May, 2019. YIRRAMBOI means 'tomorrow' in the shared local languages of Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung peoples.
As part of the YIRRAMBOI Festival, the world premiere of Kalaji's Night River will be staged at the Meat Market on 3 and 4 May.
Kalaji is the Nyikina word for "whirlwind". Kalaji is the musical alias of actor Mark Coles Smith. You may have heard of Mark as he's a well-known Australian actor. He's won a Helpmann Award for The Drover's Wife and had movie roles in the Last Cab To Darwin and Pawno. Mark was recently seen presenting the documentary "Will Australia Ever Have A Black Prime Minister?"
Through the telling of ancestral stories, Night River, travels across the natural world and river systems of Nyikina country and the spiritual landscape of the Mardoowarra River located in the Kimberley region.
It's a narrative experience with important moving images which have been woven together by Kalaji as he presents the tantalizing rhythms and melodies. This production contains loud music and flickering visuals.
This multimedia performance of Night River is the first work presented by Mark Coles Smith as Kalaji. Don't miss this unique presentation as there are two shows only at the Meat Marketon 3 to 4 May, 2019.