FRINGE REVIEW: DJUKI MALA, THE VAGABOND, FEBRUARY 2017

Direct from NE Arnhem Land, Indigenous dance and YouTube sensations Djuki Mala have returned to the Garden of Unearthly Delights for another season.

They wowed at WOMADelaide and fascinated at Fringe in 2016, but in 2017, the lads from the Lands will make you laugh, cry, stamp your feet and leave you feeling absolute elation.

Beginning with traditional dance of Aboriginal people, the Djuki guys are skilful in their craft and the movement was beautiful, enagaging and affecting.

But this didn’t last long, as the dancers launched into their world famous Zorba the Greek, taking the show on a very different turn -and it was awesome!

Splicing the dance routines with video from the friends and family of Djuki Mala founder, the late Frank Djirrimbilpilwuy, the hour long show clearly proved the love of the boys from the community, and the guys’ love of dance as genuine and palpable.

Djuki Mala is joy enhancing. It’s inspiring, enthralling, thrilling and utterly intoxicating.

From hip hop to pop and lock, musicals to Motown, these guys cover all genres through their unique routines, sophisticated showmanship and hilarious clowning around.

If you’re looking for a quality show that is uplifting, clever, sexy, funny and oozing with talent and skill, Djuki Mala is the one for you.

Grab your tickets HERE and check out Zorba the Greek: Yolngu style.

5 stars

Reviewed by Libby Parker

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