Acknowledgement of Country


Bayadyinyang budyari Dharug yiyura Dharug Ngurra.
Bayady’u budyari Dharug Warunggadgu baranyiin barribugu.
Bayady’u budyari wagulgu yiyuragu Ngurra bimalgu Blacktown City. Flannel flowers dyurali bulbuwul.
Yanmannyang mudayi Dharug Ngurrawa. Walama ngyini budbud dali Dharug Ngurra Dharug yiyura baranyiin barribugu.


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Land, the Dharug people, and their continued connection to Country.
We pay our respects to Elders from yesterday to tomorrow.
We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Blacktown City where the flannel flowers still grow proud and strong.
We will walk softly on this land and open our hearts to Country as the Dharug people have for tens of thousands of years.

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Watch the origin story of Australia’s bravest dance crew in a dance-theatre work, PIONEERS.  
Following a pumping premiere at City of Sydney’s Art & AboutPYT Fairfield’s PIONEERS heads back to western Sydney for its next season.

PIONEERS brings young queer and culturally diverse western Sydney artists together to explore dance, activism, and identity through the contemporary social, psychological, and physical relationships with public space. 

This work reinvigorates and reinforces optimism and freedom, reclaiming the beauty and urgency of young people’s survival in the 21st century. 

With love and dedication to dance, The Pioneers are Australia’s bravest dance crew.

Created and performed by Eliam Royalness, Neda Taha, Rennard Velasco and Roseleen Velasco, with music by Jamaica Moana. 

Creative Team

Choreographer Eliam Royalness
Choreographic Support Larissa McGowan
Performer/ Devisors Jamaica Moana, Neda Taha, Rennard Velasco, Roseleen Velasco, Eliam Royalness
Music Jamaica Moana
Visual Artist Feras Shaheen
Lighting Design / Production Manager Elyse Drenth
Dramaturg Nick Power
Producer PYT Fairfield – Gabriela Green Olea/Olivia Xegas

PIONEERS at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre is presented by PYT Fairfield and Blacktown Arts with Blacktown City Council. PIONEERS is produced by PYT Fairfield.
PIONEERS is supported by the NSW Government through Culture Up Late Western Sydney.


Image Credits:

PIONEERS courtesy of the PYT Fairfield

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