Dalisa Pigram


A Yawuru/Bardi woman born and raised in Broome, Dalisa has worked with Marrugeku since the first production Mimi

and has been Co-Artistic Director since 2008. A co-devising performer on all Marrugeku’s productions, touring

 extensively overseas and throughout Australia. Dalisa’s solo work Gudirr Gudirr earned an Australian Dance Award (Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance 2014) and a Green Room Award (Best Female Performer 2014). Dalisa co-conceived Marrugeku’s Burning Daylight and Cut the Sky with Rachael Swain, co-choreographing both works with Serge Aimé Coulibaly. Together with Swain she co-directed Buru, Ngarlimbah and co-curated Marrugeku’s four International Indigenous Choreographic Labs and Burrbgaja Yalirra. Marrugeku’s most recent work Jurrungu Ngan-ga was co-conceived and choreographed by Dalisa. In her community, Dalisa teaches the Yawuru Language Programme at Cable Beach Primary School and is

 committed to the maintenance of Yawuru language and culture through the arts and education. Dalisa is co-editor of Marrugeku: Telling That Story—25 years of trans-Indigenous and intercultural exchange (Performance Research 2021).