This work draws on 3 different generations of First Nations women: Marilyn Miller, Jasmin Sheppard, Katina Olsen. These 3 women carrying the blood of 6 clans: Kuku Yalanji, Waanyi, Tagalaka, Kurtijar, Wakka Wakka, Kombumerri. All Murris reigning from the land now known as Queensland, using the knowledge of their forebears for their own foresight.
Marilyn Miller is of Kukuyalanji / Waanyi heritage. Marilyn toured with Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre and Bangarra, has a business degree, and is a leader in arts management. Marilyn collaborated with artist Fiona Wirrer-George forming multi-dance project Dark Cheri. Preparing Ground will draw on her rich career with like-skilled First Nations female dancers.
Jasmin Sheppard, a Tagalak woman, joined Bangarra Dance Theatre in 2007, dancing in numerous senior artist roles. Choreographic works include: MACQ (Bangarra) 2013, No Remittance (Legs on the Wall) 2017, Choice-Cut (Yirramboi Festival, FFDNorth Festival, Toronto) 2019. Jasmin premiers her full-length work in 2020 at Campbelltown Arts Centre.
Katina Olsen, a proud Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri woman, interrogates contemporary dance and Indigenous cultural dance and story. Katina choreographed Yalu Dad and namu nunar for Festival 2018, and Mother’s Cry for Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed 2018. Her full-length solo work namu nunar will be presented in 2020.