Season 2012



In Yolngu painting, bir’yun describes the brilliance, shimmer and shine of a pattern that seems to move before the eyes, animated by the essence of ancestral forces.

This is the inspiration for Vicki Van Hout’s Briwyant, a work of choreographic dexterity and interdisciplinary innovation that brings to the stage an experience both ageless and fleeting; a moment of connection.

Dance, dynamic projections and a layered, textured soundscape will transport you well beyond the confines of the theatre into a realm of literal and figurative stories. With precision and a wholly original vision of Indigenous dance, Van Hout evokes, with compelling conviction, a future for the form that teams humour, history and raw physicality.

‘In its rich imagery and ideas, its detailed and thoughtful integration of movement and live media, and in its humorous take on the reconciliation of indigenous identity with modern life, Briwyant manages to break new ground and surprise us every step of the way.’


Directed by / Vicki Van Hout
Choreographed by / Vicki Van Hout in collaboration with the performers
Produced by / Performance Space
Interactive Media / Imogen Cranna  
Videography / Marian Abboud
Lighting Design / Neil Simpson
Composition / Elias Constantopedos
Dramaturgy / Kay Armstrong
Performed by / Henrietta Baird, Raghav Handa, Rosealee Pearson, Beau Smith, Melinda Tyquin, Vicki Van Hout

Briwyant was developed with the support  of the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body,  Arts NSW, City of Sydney, Redfern Community Centre and Critical Path.

Malthouse Theatre’s Indigenous Theatre Program is made possible with the generous support of The Tom Kantor Fund.