Locals got a glimpse last night of the spectacle the Mbantua Festival will be presenting on October 9 to 13. The magic of the sun setting on the rocks by the Telegraph Station waterhole was the backdrop for dances (see video on FULL STORY page) by Arrente women and men, to the chants and boomerang clicks from a group of men sitting under a gum tree on the banks of the Todd. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTOS, top: The Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) Dance Group. Centre: Members of the Mpwereingke Anapipe dance troupe, Naree Riley, Ainslie Gorey, Miranda Doolan, Sheena Turner and Anya Riley.
Instead of skating or biking dare-devils on the edge of the half-pipe, it's a crowd of parents and friends. They've come down to the Alice Springs Skate Park to watch Sprung, a new youth dance group. As the sun goes down, there's a familiar rattling sound. The first dancers emerge, shaking out a rhythm: the rattle is from the all but empty spraycans in their hands. They brandish them almost like a weapon, they inscribe bold flourishes in the air. The image is clear: this is about making your mark, as is spelled out in the overall title for the piece, Graffiti. KIERAN FINNANE went to last Friday's performance. Click on FULL STORY for video.