Filmed on Yolngu Country, North East Arnhem Land, in November 2022
Film by Aris & Grimes
Created and produced by Miku Performing Arts, Hui Jia Creatives, Kath Papas Productions & Artback NT
Gapu Ngupan (known in its initial development phase by the name of The Voyage of Bayini), is a collaboration of two cultures, the Yolngu people of North East Arnhem Land and the Paiwan and Amis tribes of Taiwan.
Captured through songlines and dances that are still practiced today, the two groups work together to share the stories of their ancestors’ journeys through music, song, and dance.
Since millennia voyagers have travelled to Yolngu country in peace and with respect. They tell of connections and exchanges by interweaving different stories, myths, and legends that have been passed down from families and loved ones.
Each artist weaves pieces of their contemporary self into this historical retelling, adding to the fabric of these treasured stories.
Gapu Ngupan shines a light for the world to experience some of the untold and unknown histories of First Nations peoples.
This project is supported by Arts Centre Melbourne, Playing Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts.
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Cast & crew
Miku Performing Arts: Rachael Wallis, Artistic Director, plus seven performers from Arnhem Land, Australia
Senior Story Custodian and Cultural Director: Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr Stubbs
Composer and musician, Paiwan Tribe, Taiwan: Sang Mei-Chuan
Composer and musician, Truku Tribe, Taiwan: Labaga Taru
Dancer, Paiwan Tribe, Taiwan: Piya Talalima
Dancer, Paiwan Tribe, Taiwan: Lavjaus Chen
Co-producers, Australia: Artback NT & Kath Papas Productions
Collaborating producer, Paiwan Tribe, Taiwan: Manie Liao