Ngalaka Daa means “our tongue” in Noongar.
Driven by the sharing of Noongar language and culture, the program provides participants with the opportunity to receive intensive development in theatre making, performance and language skills at a professional level.
Successful participants partake in an intense series of workshops and rehearsals culminating in a curated public performance.
As a member of the Ngalaka Daa Ensemble, participants gain access to training with industry leaders including performance preparation, vocal techniques, movement techniques/ physicality, Noongar language (comprehension and articulation), acting techniques (various forms and styles), monologues, dialogues and ensemble work, embodiment of text and Noongar physical theatre processes.
In addition to providing both indigenous and non-indigenous young people with opportunities to participate in the arts, the Ngalaka Daa Ensemble program is an avenue for promoting the sustainability of one of the oldest languages in the world. The program promotes cultural awareness and reconciliation, along with a greater sense of connection between Whadjuk Boodja and Wadjela youth.
The 2023 Ngalaka Daa Ensemble training has already commenced for this year. You can still come along for the magical showcase event, under the Blue Whale bones of WA Museum Boola Bardip (just two performances on 10 and 11 August), and keep an eye out for 2024 auditions in March/April next year.