Ngurra Nyujunggamu, When the World Was Soft, is a profoundly important showcase of Yindjibarndi culture, using large-scale puppetry and Yindjibarndi-led storytelling to masterfully weave the story of how the world came to be. These are our Creation Stories and important life lessons, told by us.
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Executive Producer, Cultural and Project Lead: Lorraine Coppin
Creative Director: Peter Wilson
Assistant Director: Wimiya Woodley
Advising Elders and Knowledge Holders: Judith Coppin, Alice Guiness, Wendy Hubert, Jean Norman, Michael Woodley, Bruce James, Kaye Warrie, Kerri-Anne Churnside,
Community performers and devisers: Landon Punch, Marietta Hubert, Deekan Woodley, JJ Walker, Aneisha Larry, Curtis Lockyer, Zarley Stephens, Norani Dann, Janine, Anton Woodley, Rosita, Theresa Coppin, Raven, Paige Williams, Laura Woodley, Joy Woodley, CC Williams, RJ Williams, CJ Lockyer, Gina, Jasper Hayes, Deanha Lockyer, Lily-Jo McKay, Dorothy Coppin, Rohannah Hayes, Jada Lockyer, Will Woodley, Kamas Hayes, Everard Woodley.
Invited Guest Performers: Wimiya Woodley with Michael Smith, Sheyan Gunnini Walker, Iya Ware, Ruby Williams, and Rubeun Yorkshire
Script Development: Lorraine Coppin, Michael Woodley, Wimiya Woodley, Peter Wilson
Dramaturgy: Ariana Paganetti
Production Design: Richard Jeziorny
Composition: Ash Gibson Greig with new and archival recordings of Yindjibarndi songs sung by Michael Woodley and other Yindjibarndi Elders.
Lighting: Lucy Birkinshaw with Stewart Campbell
Projections: Sohan Ariel Hayes
Choreography: Michael Smith
Puppet Doctor: Sandy McKendrick
Puppet Construction: Sandy McKendrick, Giovanni (Sanjiva) Marggio, Leon Hendroff, Chloe Flockhard, Matthew McVeigh, Calvin Chee
Stage Management: Sue Fenty
Assistant Stage Management: Jenny Poh, with Sandy McKendrick
Stage Management Assistance: Deanna Robertson, Jada Lockyer, Lilly-Jo McKay
Production Management: David Filshie
Producers: Mollie Hewitt and Rania Ghandour
Juluwarlu team: Tamara Burrell, Gabby Howlett, Vicki Webb, Helene George
With thanks to: Phil Davies, David Williams, Joan Maddison, Megan Kirwan-Ward, Dimitri Kapetas
Read the Media Release here.