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Australian Dance Theatre in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

In a culturally rich interweaving of dance, ceremony and text, choreographer-director Daniel Riley takes inspiration from his Great-Great Uncle, famed Wiradjuri tracker Alec Riley, to explore shared cultural resilience across generations.

14-18 June 2023
Sessions During APAM Gathering: Wed 14, Thu 15, Fri 16 June at 6:30pm; Sat 17 June at 2:30pm & 6:30pm; Sun 18 June at 4:00pm
Venue: Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall


In one of his first works as Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre, Wiradjuri director-choreographer Daniel Riley evokes an immensely powerful and personal story of his Great-Great Uncle, Alec “Tracker” Riley.

Alec, a Wiradjuri Elder and tracker, served the New South Wales Police Force for 40 years, leading numerous high-profile cases. As an Elder of his community he forged a path between the enforced colonial system in which he worked and his Wiradjuri lore. Tracker takes inspiration from his legacy and examines the battles First Nations people have shared for generations.

Weaving together dance, music and text, Tracker invites the audience into an open and transformative ceremonial space. This remarkable story is brought to life by a team of celebrated First Nations creatives, including award-winning playwright Ursula Yovich , co-director Rachael Maza AM, composers James Henry and Gary Watling, visual artist Jonathan Jones, lighting designer Chloe Ogilvie and an all-First Nations cast.

Culturally rich and ambitiously original, this multidisciplinary work rethinks how we engage with and experience First Nations storytelling.


Co-Director & Choreographer: Daniel Riley
Co-Director: Rachael Maza AM
Writers: Ursula Yovich and Amy Sole
Set Designer: Jonathan Jones
Composer & Sound Designer: James Henry
Composer & Live Musician: Gary Watling
Lighting Designer: Chloë Ogilvie
Costume Designer: Ailsa Paterson

Dramaturgs: Amy Sole and Jennifer Medway
Project Elders: Aunty Shirley Mathews, Aunty Ann Cribb
Wiradjuri Language Translator: Aunty Dianne Riley-McNaboe
Scenic Artist: Merindah Funnell
Producer: Erin Milne
Production Manager: Nathan Evers
Stage Manager: Lyndie Li Wan Po
Technical Supervisor: Clinton Camac