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Sunday, 24 June 2007

Wai, Palya?

Welcome to the online world and archive of Big hART’s Ngapartji Ngapartji project.

Conceived in 2004 based on research undertaken since 1999 Ngapartji Ngapartji was based on Arrernte country in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) from early 2005 - mid 2010.

Ngapartji Ngapartji had many layers involving language learning, teaching and maintenance, community development, crime prevention, cross cultural collaboration and creating new literacy training models as well as film, art, policy and theatre making.

We invite you to have a look around and get to know a bit more about what the project involved.

The project is now complete, if you want to get in touch with to find out more please contact Big hART.

For more information about our documentary Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji visit the film's website and contact Ronin Films to buy a copy of the DVD.

Palya! From the Ngapartji Ngapartji Team

Last Updated ( Saturday, 16 July 2011 )
 
With which dances will we celebrate?
Thursday, 18 March 2010

Nearing the end! And still so much going on!

The online edit of the documentary 'Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji’  was finalised in Melbourne in January and after a lot more detailed work by Suzy the film is now officially completed! It is now in the process of submitted to national and international festivals. Director Suzy Bates and co-producer Shannon Owen recently attended the Australian International Documentary Conference in Adelaide to promote the film. The documentary premiere screening will take place in Alice Springs on April 9th at the Olive Pink botanical gardens with many of the Ernabella Community (where the documentary was filmed) in attendance. The also documentary now has it’s own website www.nothingrhymeswithngapartji.com

In February the Nyuntu Ngali team (Trevor, Scott, Beth, Derek, Jennifer, Gina and Anne) came together again to present a twenty five minute spotlight at the Australian Performing Arts Market in Adelaide. A particular highlight of this trip was observing the developed professional approach of young Pitjantjatjara performer Jennifer Wells as she seamlessly slipped back into an intensive rehearsal period. Her performance in both music and projection improved as she took on greater creative responsibility. Nyuntu Ngali performs its next season of the full show in Sydney at Wharf Two as part of the Sydney Theatre Company’s 2010 program May 5th-14th. http://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/stced/2010/nyuntu-ngali

March has been an exciting month for the Namatjira project as they undertook the first major community oriented creative development. Producer Sophia Marinos has brought together the team in Alice Springs including co-directors Scott Rankin and Wayne Blair, key cast members Trevor Jamieson and Derek Lynch, community liaison workers (Alice based) Sia Cox and Pru Gell and a dynamic group of Namatjira descendents including Ngapartji Ngapartji participant Elton Wirri. The group traveled to Hermannsburg to consult with family and spent time studying watercolour painting at the Ngurratjuta Arts Centre. For more information check out the Namatjira project blog http://www.namatjira.bighart.org/

Ngapartji Ngapartji’s ninti website www.ngapartji.ninti.org received a spotlight at an exhibition at SA Museum detailing geological work across the APY region and expressions of country from elders through visual art.

The ‘Wanti Watjilpa’ CD from Ernabella, released at the end of 2009 is receiving airplay on the 5NKY network via PY Media and Ngaanyatjara Media and on the CAAMA network, and is reported to be selling well at the CAAMA shop. Beth has received orders for it from around Australia also!

The Memory Basket is very near completion as of March – the team will be scrambling to compile all the goodies into the specially designed tins once the final CD and DVD’s arrive, in preparation for the April 9th launch.

Planning for the April wrap-up celebrations are in full swing. The ladies have been talking to Beth on the phone about which inma (dances) they’d like to perform on the night, there’s pruning planned for Olive Pink gardens to fit the truck in which supports the screen for the film, working out how to get everyone in from out bush, and getting the word out around town. Anyone in Alice Springs on Friday the 9th is invited to attend! Look forward to as many people coming along to share celebrating what is not exactly ‘the end’ but an emotional moment for us to recognise our achievements.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 March 2010 )
 
November Ngapartji News
Tuesday, 03 November 2009

Nynutu Ngali nailed, deadly doco decisions & au revoir Alex!

Wai! Palya?

Hey all, it’s been a long time between news bulletins, but as usual that doesn’t mean that nothing’s been happening. The last few months have seen the Ngapartji Ngapartji team begin to prepare for the finish of the project in March 2010. This has included moving and downsizing the office from IAD to the IRCA building at 10b Wilkinson St, locking in content and design for the Memory Basket, and the departure of our much loved and inspirational team leader and creative producer Alex Kelly to take up a position in Canberra. Other project activity has seen Nyuntu Ngali complete a successful season in Adelaide, the almost-locked-off doco be officially commissioned by ABCTV, the achievements of project’s young people be showcased at a youth learning Symposium in Darwin, more funding and development work by Sophia Marinos on the proposed Namatjira project and Mariaa take the Mimili student dancers to victory in the Ernabella Dance comp.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 November 2009 )
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Sydney Theatre Awards 2008
Ngapartji Ngapartji nominated for Best Mainstage Production, Best Direction and Best Actor in a Lead Role.
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The Age Review Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji
Pitjantjatjara actor Trevor Jamieson has taken his hit stage show, Ngapartji Ngapartji, around the country winning acclaim, awards and the respect of everyone who has seen him perform.
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