Friday, February 19, 2010

Chooky Dancers (Australian Aboriginal Dancers)

A group of traditional dancers from Arnhem Land has become a sudden smash hit on the internet, with their unique interpretation of Zorba the Greek.
The 10 Yolngu dancers on Elcho Island have decided that dancing is the ideal antidote to unemployment.
Their Zorba dance has gone around the world, and even been screened in a public square in Greece.
The offers are now coming in for the group to perform at music festivals.
They are called the Chooky Dancers, a group of young men and boys from Elcho Island, and their interpretation of the Greek Zorba is taking the internet world by storm.
At the recent Ramingining Festival in Arnhem Land, there was not a Greek tunic in sight.
Instead the dancers were like black stick figures, dressed only in loincloths and ceremonial paint. But their performance was captivating and very funny.
Frank Djirrimbilpilwuy's son Lionel, who is 19, is the lead dancer who came up with the idea of fusing modern Yolngu dance with the Greek Zorba.
"The crowd just loved it, you know. If it's three o'clock in the morning, if it's two o'clock in the morning, the crowd just loved them," he said.
"They just pick up whatever style or tune they like to pick, you know, as long as it's a fast moving type, up-tempo music style with a lot of rhythm.
"They do it at home, just to keep themselves busy and fit, and main thing is to keep themselves away from boredom."


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