In partnership with Arts House
Australian Dance Theatre in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company
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.
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.