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Wayfinder

“Transcendental.... the hit of the festival...”
The Courier-Mail
An Exhilarating Explosion of Heart
Physical exuberance, sonic resonance, and collective exhilaration explode onto stage in a kaleidoscopic fusion of dance, music, and visual art.
Directed by Amber Haines and Kyle Page, Dancenorth Australia joins forces with three-time Grammy nominated Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote and sound artist Byron J. Scullin to create a soaring composition evoking pleasure and possibility. An undulating sound sculpture condenses and expands this scintillating score, immersing audiences in a new sonic dimension. Japanese-Australian visual artist Hiromi Tango offers her joyful, heart expanding artwork to both the stage design and costumes for this sublime new performance, featuring lighting design by Niklas Pajanti.
Speaking to our sensorial nature, Wayfinder reminds us of a state of being that transcends the words that have come to define us. Navigating bigger and more ancient reference points, Wayfinder recognises connection as the central axis of the universe.
By the stars, the waves, and the sun, we find our way.

Touring

Upcoming Performances

Yugambeh / Gold Coast

27 Jul 24

12:00AM

HOTA

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Mparntwe / Alice Springs

Garramilla / Darwin

Credits

Concept, Direction and Choreography Amber Haines and Kyle Page
Lighting Design Niklas Pajanti
Composition Hiatus Kaiyote
Sound Art and Design Byron J. Scullin
Sound Sculpture Design, Construction, and Implementation Robert Larsen and Nicholas Roux
Visual Design Hiromi Tango
Design Associate Chloe Greaves
Design Assistant Jeanette Hutchinson
Polyrhythm Consultant Naomi Jean
Performers/Choreographers Marlo Benjamin, Sabine Crompton-Ward, Nelson Earl, Tiana Lung, Damian Meredith, Felix Sampson, Michael Smith
Production Manager Liam Kennedy
Stage Manager Felicity Organ-Moore , Nicole Hector
Production Technician Yoshie Kenny
Production Secondment Monique Roy
WAYFINDER NATIONAL TOUR 2024 (JAN - NOV)
Performers/Choreographers Marlo Benjamin, Sabine Crompton-Ward, Nelson Earl, Tiana Lung, Damian Meredith, Callum Mooney, Darci O'Rourke, Jag Popham, Tara Jade Samaya , Felix Sampson, Michael Smith
Production Manager Liam Kennedy (JAN-MAR), Toni Glynn (JUL-NOV)
Company Stage Manager Pip Loth
Production Technician, Sound, Technical Operation Yoshie Kenny
Production Technician, Lighting Suzy Brooks, Stephen Hawker, Thomas Roach (Sydney)

Acknowledgements

Wayfinder was commissioned by Brisbane Festival and North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA). This project was made possible by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative. Dancenorth Australia is assisted by both the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body, and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Dancenorth Australia is supported by Townsville City Council, and gratefully acknowledges the Wayfinder Giving Circle, who has supported the making of this work.

Warnings

Use of strobe lighting and loud sounds

Performance History

North Australian Festival of Arts

Gurambilbarra / Townsville

2022

Brisbane Festival

Meanjin / Brisbane

2022

Cultural Presentations Section, Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Hong Kong / China

2023

Sydney Festival

Gadigal / Sydney

2024

Perth Festival

Boorloo / Perth

2024

Albury Entertainment Centre

Bungambrawatha / Albury

2024

Mona Foma

Nipaluna / Hobart

2024

Ulumbarra Theatre

Dja Dja Wurrung Country / Bendigo

2024

Adelaide Festival

Kaurna / Adelaide

2024

Wayfinder Giving Circle
Dancenorth gratefully acknowledges the generous donations from the members of the Wayfinder Giving Circle, who have supported the making of Wayfinder.

Jayne and Laine Arlett

Justice Thomas Bradley & Dr Matthew Yoong

Hillary Coyne and Kyle Page

Kathryn and Cameron Deyell

Wesley Enoch AM and David McAllister AC

Ian and Cass George

Jenny Goicoechea

Sharon Lancini

Dr Maggie Mackay on behalf of the Netta and Norman Niven Endowment

Gavin Markwell

Kay, Paul, and Lucy Martinez

Joyce McLean

Dr Judith McLean

Marg Naylor and Prof. Stephen Naylor

Debbie Rains

Therese Smith

Ross Stiles

Jacinta Wight

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