Tammi Gissell – Rainbow Serpent

In association with Canberra International Music Festival, National Gallery of Australia, ANU School of Music and Ausdance ACT Dance Week
Fairfax Theatre National Gallery of Australia
Sunday 9 May 2021 at 12pm and 2pm

Dancer/choreographer Tammi Gissell, a woman of the Muruwarri nation of north-western New South Wales, has responded to music by Brian Howard to create a work honouring the spirit of the Rainbow Serpent, known by the Murrawarri people as Mundaguddah. This spirit is of the water and provides a portent, a message in signs on the land that must be observed and followed to avert disaster and to maintain the order of things.

Barbie spoke to Tammi Giselle about Rainbow Serpent

Drawing on her Indigenous heritage and a contemporary practice, Tammi brings together a consciousness of contemporary climate events and millennia of a philosophy of connection to and respect for the land, for country, for the voice of nature.

Tammi will also present a workshop as part of Ausdance ACT Dance Week on 8 May from 3pm to 4pm at Canberra Dance Theatre and focuses on accessing personal pre-history.

The workshop is suitable for all dancers, performers and creatives aged 12+ who are keen to explore tools for creating and performing dance theatre. It is FREE however registration via Eventbrite is required.

Image: supplied by Ausdance ACT, credit Anthony Browell.