Guuranda is a monumental new theatre work telling the Narungga Creation stories of South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula from Narungga/Kaurna theatre-maker Jacob Boehme.
Commissioned by Adelaide Festival, Guuranda has been created by a collective of First Nations artists, Narungga Elders and non-Indigenous artists. It is written and directed by Jacob Boehme with artwork by Narungga visual artist Kylie O’Loughlin and sung by Narungga songwoman Sonya Rankine and songman Warren Milera, supported by the Narungga Family Choir.
Boehme’s poetic writing is a perfect balance of heart-wrenching and heart-warming.
Taking its title from the Narungga language name for the Yorke Peninsula, Guuranda tells of a people and place that teach us about being human, drawing on history to speak into the present. These ancient stories are not myths, nor are they old, quaint tales. These stories are vital, violent, delightful and dangerous. They are stories to charm, shock and instruct audiences of all ages.
Effortlessly weaving together theatre, song, puppetry, dance and visual art, Guuranda shares stories that offer insight and balance, with chaos and death ever-present. You must look, listen and tread carefully.
Guuranda has been commissioned by Adelaide Festival and produced by Insite Arts.
Generously supported by the donors of the Adelaide Festival First Nations Commissioning Programme.
Event additional information
Artistic Director, Writer & Choreographer Jacob Boehme
Narungga Elders / Dramaturges / cultural consultants Aunty Lynette Newchurch Aunty Deanna Newchurch Uncle Rex Angie Uncle Edward Newchurch
Senior Consulting Elders Uncle Lewis O’Brien Aunty Pauline O’Brien Aunty Lynette Crocker Uncle Kevin ‘Dookie’ O’Loughlin
Associate-Choreographers & Performers Caleena Sansbury Cheeky Chandler Edan Porter Jada Narkle Jordan O’Davis Luke Currie Richardson Shana O’Brien Zoe Brown Holton
Artistic Team Narungga Song Woman & Translator Sonya Rankine Translator Tanya Wanganeen Visual Artist Kylie O’Loughlin Composer James Henry Dramaturge Chris Mead Staging & Lighting Design Jenny Hector Audio-Visual Design Keith Deverell Costume Design Kathryn Sproul Puppet Designer & Maker Philip Millar Movement Coach & Associate Choreographer Rinske Ginsberg Leatherworker Sue Manski
Production Team Production Manager Nathan Evers Stage Manager Cecily Rabey
Producers – Insite Arts international Executive Producer Jason Cross Associate Producer Stella Webster
Narungga Family Choir Choir Director & Vocal Producer Grace Robinson Choir Facilitator Jessica Vangelista Choir Audio Engineer Patrick Telfer
Choir Performers: Richard ‘Shaggy’ Brown Damien Brown Jacob Brown Anja Cruse Jacynta Lehtinen Luke Picone Natalie Pocervina Kelly Rossi Jodie Seiuli Faith Seiuli Kayla Seiuli Christian Seiuli Alyssa Siale Elke Smirl Tegan Smirl Markeeta Smith Jaimie Taunoa Paulie Taunoa Jamayne Taunoa-Brown Rua Taunoa Taree Taunoaa KC Taunoa Jessica Vangelista Isabella Vangelista Kaarl Waldorp Jacob Boehme
Session Musicians Guitar Gary Watling Percussion Alexander Meagher Drumkit Chris Lewis Tenor Trombone & Bass Trombone Adrian Sherriff Trumpet Eugene Ball French Horn Cinzia Posega Audio Engineer Craig Pilkington