Ochre, Yonga in step

Yonga Boys Dance Group with Simon Stewart (OCHRE Contempory Dance Company Choreographer, Black shirt in the middle)
Yonga Boys Dance Group with Simon Stewart (OCHRE Contempory Dance Company Choreographer, Black shirt in the middle)

City of Kwinana will start Naidoc week festivities on Monday at Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre and a group of local dancers have been working hard on perfecting a special performance.

Kwinana’s Yonga Boys will perform at Karlak Karlil, an event hosted by the City and Friends of the Spectacles, a Kwinana-based volunteer group.

Simon Stewart, a choreographer and dancer from Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, has been working with Yonga Boys for the past six weeks, expanding on their traditional dance technique to include contemporary moves.

‘The opportunity to work with Yonga Boys has been really inspiring,’ he said.

‘It is great to see young people interested in dance, and not only their cultural dances, but also contemporary indigenous dance.’

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said it was an invaluable experience for local youth to work with Mr Stewart.

‘The City is committed in supporting initiatives that foster artistic and cultural development of local groups,’ she said.

‘The collaboration between Yonga Boys and Ochre Contemporary Dance Company provides an excellent opportunity for growth and development for this young group of dancers.

‘It gives them a platform to develop a contemporary repertoire grounded in the context of storytelling,’ she explained.

For more information on Naidoc events in Kwinana call 9439 0200 or visit www.live kwinana.com.au