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Australian Dance Theatre in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

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$25 - $49
  • General Admission
  • 60 minutes no interval
  • Children to be accompanied by an adult or guardian

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  • Assistive Listening
  • Auslan Translation
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • 50% Visual Rating


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The legendary story of director-choreographer Daniel Riley’s great-great-uncle. Brought into the now with dance, ceremony and oration.
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Alec Riley was a Wiradjuri Elder and skilled tracker who joined the New South Wales Police Force in 1911 and served for 40 years. He forged a path between the enforced colonial system in which he worked and the lore of his people. In the end, he earned a King’s Medal, and a gold watch for his ability to solve high profile crimes. But he was never entitled to a pension.

In his first show as Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre, Daniel Riley explores his ancestor’s lived experience. Tracker is performed in the round by an all First Peoples cast, and anchored firmly in the present, it’s an intimate and restlessly inventive ode to shared cultural resilience across generations.

Artistic Team

Co-Director and Choreographer | Daniel Riley

Co-Director | Rachael Maza AM

Writers | Ursula Yovich and Amy Sole

Set Designer | Jonathan Jones

Composer and Sound Designer | James Henry

Composer and Live Musician | Gary Watling

Lighting Designer | Chloë Ogilvie

Costume Design | Ailsa Paterson

Performers | Tyrel Dulvarie, Rika Hamaguchi, Ella Ferris and Kaine Sultan-Babij

Dramaturgs | Amy Sole and Jennifer Medway

Project Elders | Aunty Shirley Mathews and Aunty Ann Cribb

Wiradjuri Language Translator | Aunty Dianne Riley McNaboe

Scenic Artist | Merindah Funnell

Producer | Erin Milne

Production Manager | Nathan Evers

Voiceover | Archie Riley (Wiradjuri)

We thank and pay our respects to the Wiradjuri people with whom this work has been created, including the Riley family, and the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia where this work has been created over its many stages.

This project was initiated by Daniel Riley and initially commissioned by Ilbijerri Theatre Company. Produced by Bureau of Works and Australian Dance Theatre.

Australian Dance Theatre is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; Government of South Australia; Tanja Liedtke Foundation; SA Power Networks; Boileau Business Technology; Enoki; Novatech; The Monthly, The Saturday Paper and 7AM.


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, Adelaide Festival, Rising and Brisbane Festival. With sincere thanks to the Scully Fund and all our private donors whose generosity and support make projects like this possible. *Tracker* has also been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; the City of Melbourne through Arts House; Besen Family Foundation; Dubbo Regional Council; Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre; Annamila Foundation; and the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Knowledge Institute. RISING thanks the Dancing Architects, a group of like-minded donors who support Melbourne’s local dance industry through the festival each year.

  • Major Festivals Initiative
  • Dancing Architects

Image Credits

Tracker by Daniel Riley and Australian Dance Theatre. Photo: Pedro Greig

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