‘Yumi Danis (We Dance)’ project


Yumi Danis (We Dance) is co-curated with Ni-Vanuatu songwriter, musician and author Marcel Meltherorong (Mars Melto), and brings together dancers and musicians from Papua, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.It is staged as an immersive multimedia installation, animated by contemporary dance and consciously addresses the issues involved in translating and contextualising performance from these regions for a broader audience.

The installation They look at you 2015 is by Kanak artist Nicolas Molé in response to discussions with Meltherorong and 15 dancers from across the region who attended a workshop in Vanuatu in 2014. Visitors enter through the tangled roots of a banyan tree, into a cleared open space found in many of the region’s villages. The surrounds are animated with Mole’s immersive animated video projections of a forest inhabited by various beings. A large dwelling holds 11 videos, presenting the diversity of performance found throughout Melanesia.

This special performance featuring Kanak choreographers and dancers Richard Digoué and Simane Wénéthem, and accompanied by musician Tio Massing and Yumi Danis (We Dance) co-curator Marcel Meltherorong was performed on the opening weekend of APT8.

Participants include: Sam Roem (West Papua l Australia); Julia Mage’au Gray (Papua New Guinea l Australia); Lucy Efi (Papua New Guinea); Michael Maetarau (Solomon Islands); Marcel Meltherorong, Anderson Laurin, Tio Massing, Steve Williams, Andrew Tamata and Manuella Kelep (Vanuatu); Nicolas Mole, Richard Digoue and Simane Wenethem (New Caledonia); Katalina Fotofili and Soronakadavu Ratulevu Tora (Fiji).

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT)
is the Gallery’s flagship exhibition focused on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.
21 November 2015 – 10 April 2016

Exhibition Founding Sponsor: Queensland Government
Exhibition Principal Sponsor: Audi Australia
APT8 Live: Supported by the Commonwealth through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade