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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
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April 4 to 15 2018
  • Sun 8 Apr 2018
  • Main Stage, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
  • Festival 2018
  • Free
Theatre Physical Theatre

Interwoven - Marks on the Land, Marks on the Body

A collective burst of global Indigenous unity stirs the sand, envisioned through years of research into cultural processes by Joy Aroha, Jagun Land People, I Moving Lab and I Land.

A 90-minute performative activation of mixed cultural expressions set within a demarcated circular installation of ochred woven fibrous networks (created in community workshops by Aunty Brenda and local weavers) happens at the side of the Surfers Paradise Main Stage at dusk.

Assembling a 50 strong collective of international, intercultural and interdisciplinary cultural practitioners, Interwoven - Marks on the Land Marks on the Body is an ambitious undertaking that invites participants and onlookers to find convergence - within the meeting place between salt water country and sky, as Pacific undercurrents connect continents to islands, revitalised by our songs, dances and potential.

A stunningly unique collaboration of multi-voices and bodies, the performance platforms include: Interwoven art forms (Raranga Creations of Aotearoa and Interwoven Aunties), Indigenous contemporary dance (Atamira Dance Company of Aotearoa in collaboration with Australian First Nations contemporary dance practitioners), Jagun Land People (Budjera) Pacific infusions (Urban multi-lingual rap artistry by Infinite Dakota of Guåhan) alongside Brisbane-based Heilani Polynesian School of Arts Glam Entertainment and Cultural Bearers (Electrifying Kapa Haka by Tūhoe Ki Rangitawhiti and Nga Tapua Pakeke meets the indomitable power and spirit of Native American drum and dance by Running Fox).

This culmination of Interwoven First Nations and Indigenous artists is a truly remarkable celebration of community values, expression, spontaneity and creativity and is a one time only event not to be missed.

About the Creator:
Interwoven is a collaborative vision by Joy Aroha (Producer and Curator), Jack Gray (Choreographer and Director) and Dåkot-ta Alcantara-Camacho (Composer and Collaborator). The work reflects years of cultural consultation by Joy Aroha on the Gold Coast uniting national First Nations and local Jagun land people, Maori and Pasifika artists and communities, with global Indigenous and Institutional transformance by Gray and Alcantara-Camacho as I Moving Lab and I Land.


Sun 8 Apr 2018
Sun 8 Apr, 05:15pm - 06:45pm
Main Stage, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

-27.9979378, 153.4306901

Surfers Paradise Esplanade
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Accessibility information

The Main Stage is located on the sand, but can be viewed from The Esplanade. 


Joy Aroha, Producer and Curator
Jack Gray, Choreographer and Director
Dåkot-ta Alcantara-Camacho, Composer and Collaborator 
Bianca Hyslop, Matiu Hamuera, Atamira Dance Company
Katina Olsen & Jye Uren, Dancers
Aunty Brenda and Faith Tawhai, Interwoven Aunties
Budjera, Jagun Land People
Heimana and Lei Tahiata, Waiana Karepa-Tagata, Fati Tagata, Heilani Productions
Marama Mete-Smith, Rangitunoa Black, Singers
Running Fox and Dancing Eagle, Drummer and Dancer
Tūhoe Ki Rangitawhiti and Nga Tapua Pakeke, Kapa Haka
Ruth Woodbury, Raranga Creations
Aunty Brenda and Faith Tawhai, Interwoven Aunties

Interwoven acknowledges the Slabb Mob and the Jagun Land People as critical to the success of our applied indigenous intelligence.