Jurrungu Ngan-ga / Straight Talk

German Premiere in cooperation with International Summer Festival Kampnagel

5.8., 20:00 | 6.8., 19:00 | 7.8., 17:00 | Haus der Berliner Festspiele

6.8. ● Meet the Artist

Recommended for age 16 and older

Duration 85 min

English  With German surtitles 

The latest work by Australian-based company Marrugeku is a unique interplay of dance, sound and installation – emotionally charged with sadness, anger, joy and resistance. With „Jurrungu Ngan-ga” (Yawuru for “straight talk”) the company boldly investigates that which Australia wishes to lock away. The dancers address the human rights violations in Australia's prisons, and confront Australia’s shameful fixation with incarceration by connecting outrageous levels of Indigenous prisoners to the indefinite detaining of asylum seekers.  The starting point of their work are reports by Yawuru leader and activist Patrick Dodson, as well as the factual account "No Friend but the Mountains", which won Australia's most prestigious literary award, by Kurdish-Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani, interned for several years on Manus Island.

Marrageku tours worldwide and is dedicated to introducing audiences to Indigenous knowledge systems and the compelling experience of intercultural performance. The company is a pioneer in intercultural performances that give a voice to the most marginalised. Based between Broome in Western Australia and Sydney, Marrugeku is led by choreographer/dancer Dalisa Pigram and director/dramaturg Rachael Swain. Working together for 27 years, they co-conceive the company’s productions, collaborating with an intercultural cast of performers stemming from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.


Concept Dalisa Pigram, Rachael Swain, Patrick Dodson

Choreographer Dalisa Pigram

By & with Czack 'Ses' Bero, Emmanuel James Brown, Chandler Connell, Luke Currie-Richardson, Issa el Assaad, Zachary Lopez / Macon Esteban Riley, Bhenji Ra, Feras Shaheen, Miranda Wheen

Director Rachael Swain

Dramaturgy Hildegard de Vuyst

Cultural dramaturgy Behrouz Boochani, Patrick Dodson, Omid Tofighian

Music Sam Serruys, Paul Charlier, Rhyan Clapham aka DOBBY

Sound designer Sam Serruys, Paul Charlier

Stagedesigner Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

Costume designer Andrew Treloar

Lighting designer Damien Cooper

Additional choreography Stacy Peke aka Red Ladybrui5er (Krump Army)

Production manager & lighting Control Aiden Brennan

Sound engineer Raine Paul

Company manager Denise Wilson

Producer & tour manager Natalie Smith

Trailer of Jurrungu Ngan-ga / Straight Talk

German Premiere
  • Credits

    Co-commissioned by: Carriageworks, International Summer Festival Kampnagel Hamburg with the Körber Foundation, the City of Melbourne through Arts House. Funded by: the Australian Government through Arts Funding, the Advisory Council of the Australia Council, the Indigenous Language and Arts Program, the Western Government through the Department of Local, Sport and the Cultural Industries, Create NSW, the Nelson Meers Foundation, International Kampnagel Summer Festival with the Körber Foundation.

    Tanz im August as a guest at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

Price: 45 / 35 / 25 / 15 €
Discount: 35 / 25 / 15 / 15 €
Ticket information

Stroboscope light


Bus Transfers:

6.8. | Amala Dianor (HAU1) → Marrugeku (Haus der Berliner Festspiele)

7.8. | Marrugeku (Haus der Berliner Festspiele) → Amala Dianor (HAU1)

The festival bus allows you to travel free of charge between selected festival events and venues using your event tickets. No reservation needed.


Past dates

Fri 5.8.

from 20:00 to 22:00 Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Notes: Extended duration due to opening speeches

Sat 6.8.

from 19:00 to 20:25 Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Sun 7.8.

from 17:00 to 18:25 Haus der Berliner Festspiele


Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Schaperstr. 24, 10719 Berlin

The Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Schaperstraße 24 has wheelchair access without steps to the foyer and to the auditorium on the ground floor. A wheelchair accessible lift is available for the upper foyers. This lift is equipped with tactile lettering. There is a WC on the ground floor for persons with restricted mobility.