Fringe interview: Djuki Mala

Unique, infectious, high-energy… like a confetti cannon point blank to the heart! Djuki Mala wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that’s a marvel of timing and comedy with a hefty dose of heart and soul!

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

No, our first season was last year and we had a brilliant time! Really looking forward to returning this year.

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

We are an Indigenous dance/theatre company from the Top End of Australia. We present a stunning fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling. Unique, infectious, high-energy… like a confetti cannon point blank to the heart. The show is informative and joyful with a hefty dose of heart and soul!

How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

This show has been touring for four years so aside from a couple of weeks rehearsal in the lead up, sprucing up some of our props and costumes and adding in some new elements, the show is ready to go!

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Yes, always! It’s always exciting to open a new season to new audiences but also incredibly daunting, but it’s that rush that makes the work exciting.

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

Because we are the ONLY Indigenous Australian company at the Fringe. You will not see anything remotely like this show at the Festival. It’s also been noted that seeing Djuki Mala is like seeing two separate shows… on the one hand you have the traditional elements (with 80,000 + years history) and then we flip the performance on it’s head and bring it backflipping into the 21st century with a little bit of bling!

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

Yes absolutely! Some other great Australian companies at the Fringe this year:

Company Sediment
Hot Brown Honeys
Yana Alana Between The Cracks
Tom Flanagan’s KAPUT

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Murray Hill, Miss Behave’s Gameshow.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Sleep, eat, check out the sights of Edinburgh, see shows…

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

A vibrant celebration of ingenuity and energy. Energetic, hilarious, groundbreaking.

Djuki Mala, Assembly George Square Theatre, George Square, 4.10pm,

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