Spinifex Gum is an album and critically acclaimed live show featuring Marliya – a choir of talented young Indigenous female singers aged 12-19 from North Queensland and the Torres Strait.
The show is conceived and directed by a collective of Indigenous and non-Indigenous creatives including Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill (The Cat Empire), Deborah Brown (Bangarra) and Lyn Williams AM (Gondwana Choirs) who have come together to make music and art that challenge contemporary Australia.
Made with the permission from all individuals and families whose stories feature in the songs, in particular the Yindjibarndi Community, Spinifex Gum takes the audience on a journey through the Pilbara.
On stage, Marliya perform a 70-minute song-cycle that reflects the dramatic contrasts of Australian life. Songs are performed in a combination of English and Yindjibarndi - the language of the Yindjibarndi people from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Bespoke choreography, spoken interludes, video and projections drawn from the Pilbara accompany the performance, placing additional context around the origins of each song and story.
The choir have quickly built a strong reputation as a significant voice of their generation, and through this project have grown into community leaders and role models for young people across the country. They have the ability to challenge and inspire like no individual can. To date they have been invited to perform at the AFL’s “Dreamtime at the ‘G”, the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony, Monash Academy of Performing Arts and Adelaide Festival and at Sydney Opera House as part of the 2019 Sydney Festival.
The creative developmentof Spinifex Gum was assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Monash Academy of Performing Arts, Australia Council for the Arts, Ryan Cooper Family Foundation, Lightfolk Foundation, and Creative Partnerships Australian through the Australian Cultural Fund.