Sacred Grooves for Secular Spaces



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Join us for this participatory dance project led by dancer, curator and researcher Dr Nithya Nagarajan; sound artist Ria Soemardjo; and dancers Raina Peterson, Niharika Senapati, Jessie Oshodi and Tra Mi Dinh. Via abstraction, Sacred Grooves for Secular Spaces will work with movement, gesture and symbolism drawn from the religious practice of the many people who now call Australia home. At sunset, four female dancers—facing the four cardinal directions—will lead a radical congregation of hope.

You’ll then be invited to participate in a ‘satsang’, a Sanskrit term that translates as ‘in the company of absolute truth’. This will be facilitated by High Priestess Jamie Marie Lewis, in conversation with a range of local faith leaders in contemporary Australia.

Sacred Grooves for Secular Spaces begins as an intimate prayer and culminates in a collective ritual. In an age when religion is both ammunition and shield, can a temporary structure offer refuge? We invite you to address this question alongside us—come by the MPavilion, enjoy a remarkable riverside sunset and share a contemplative space.

This event is supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria and Lucy Gueirn Inc.

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Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.