"Nibjlm" the Finale in a Busy TK Season
Annual Circus Show

Posted by Meredith Benke Bell

The Sandfly-Dreamtime Project of Dance ensemble in "Nibjlm". Photo courtesy of Steve Cutts


Well, I don't know about you, but some of us in the office are still in a daze as TK’s main performance season wraps up for 2016. Within six weeks Theatre Kimberley produced Worn Art Revamped, the fourth annual Bust Out Cabaret, and finally, “Nibjlm” by the Sandfly Circus in collaboration with the Dreamtime Project of Dance. Hats off to everyone involved in each of these diverse projects - what a rich series of productions it was!

“Nibjlm” was a collaboration between the Sandfly Circus and the Dreamtime Project of Dance that started in the first half of 2015. Robert Dann approached Gwen Knox to discuss creation of a collaborative work based on contemporary and traditional Nyul Nyul stories. The idea of the project was to have a performance outcome that involved these stories told through circus and dance.

For Robert’s Dreamtime dancers, the next step was to receive some circus instruction. This started with classes being offered by a NICA visiting student/instructor team in June 2015, and continued with a circus and dance intensive over the subsequent October school holidays with Claudia Alessi. Having had an introduction to circus in 2015, the Sandfly Circus program invited the Dreamtime dancers to join our classes in 2016 to continue to develop their skills. All classes were offered free of charge. A group of dancers joined our Marchflies class and attended weekly until it was showtime. It was great to have them working alongside our long-term circus nuts for several terms, so that by the time of the show, the group was more cohesive. The Sandfly kids shared their circus knowledge, and in return the dancers taught our kids the “Man of Culture” dance that bookended the “Nibjlm” performance.

When Anni Davey and other visiting artists arrived, Gwen and Robert handed over the reigns of rehearsals. The visiting creatives developed the stories more fully into acts with Gwen and Robert’s direction. Through the process, we’ve now got some Dreamtime dancers who’ve been bitten by the circus bug, and we hope to keep them on in our program for many years to come!

Theatre Kimberley and the Sandfly Circus would like to thank everyone involved who helped make "Nibjlm" such a great success and an enjoyable experience for audience and participants alike. We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors, families and community friends. We will try to name everyone – but please forgive us if we forget a name or two – the sheer numbers of people involved just goes to show what an amazing effort has been made. Well done everyone!

Thanks go to: WA State Department of Culture and the Arts, Royalties for Regions, Country Arts WA, Shinju Matsuri, the Healthway Act-Belong-Commit Campaign, Lotterywest, The Tate Family Foundation, The Dreamtime Project of Dance – including Robert and Cissy Dann. Generous local contributors include: Broome Builders, Roadline Civil Contractors, K.D. Harburn Gardening, Centurion Transport, Goolarri Media Enterprises, Paul Bell & Feral Films, The Shire of Broome – and especially the staff at BRAC, Gwen Knox, Andrew Chambers, Jaye Smoker, Karen Hethey, Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman, Anni Davey, Catherine Daniel, Matty Swan, all our fantastic Bust Out cast and crew, the Broome Dance Coop, Sarah Dobson, Chris Lane, Claudia Alessi, Sobrane Simcock, ABC Kimberley, Redwave Media, Damian Kelly, Jael Johnson, Val Burgess, Marrugeku Theatre, Mira Holzmann, Meredith Bell, Megan Wiebrecht, Nerrie Tucker, Yo-Play Frozen Yogurt, Nicola Kalmar, Stephen Pigram & the Pigram Brothers, the Board and Staff at Theatre Kimberley, Melissa Hartmann at KPP, Ushan Boyd, Chris Hill, Lotteries House, Goolarri Radio, Jan Lewis, Tim Malone, Hayden Love, Domino’s Pizza, Life & Soul Fitness, Lucy Dann, Julia Rau Photography, Steve Cutts Photography, Michelle at Folklore Photography, the Broome Visitors Centre, Phil Thompson, Ashley Eastwood and all the Bust Out bar staff, Lily Chin, Tracy Lowe, Lesley Marsh, Clancy McDowell, Carolyn Pickett, Robyn Stacey, Maggie MacFie, Rosie Linton, Emily Fryer, Vivienne O’Shea, Amanda Matthews, Emily Gabb, Elisa Pernich, Luna Lippert, Peter Park, Shayne Clark, Gina Hailes, Fleur Pedlar, Jen Bird, Sue Ford, Justine De Bruyn, Lisa Russell, Shelley Stansfield, Shellene Cossey, Wez and Jo Fowler, Krystina Smith, Lisa Paterson, Julie Borsboom, Seb & Zamahl. And last but not least - thank you to all our amazing and dedicated cast - it was fantastic to watch you shine!

Categories AAA Publish, Act-Belong-Commit Sandfly Circus 2016, Anni Davey