A journey of adventure, a journey of discovery, a journey of learning.

Jina is about to embark on an adventure, along twisting paths, through mysterious lands, meeting friends and foes along the way, where it will end nobody knows….

Told through original music, dance and mischievous characters, come and join Jina on his journey, help him navigate the unknown and reach his destination.

Featuring original choreography developed by Miriki Performing Arts, Jina’s Journey shares an important message that bridges cultures and generations.

Miriki Performing Arts (formerly Biddigal Performing Arts) was created to encourage and give opportunity to the Indigenous Australian youth (based in Cairns) to create, choreograph and perform their Australian Indigenous heritage through theatre based performances.


Devised by Miriki Performing Arts with guest performers Goondoi Dancers. Cultural Advisors Uncle David Mudraby and John Fejo. Produced by Cairns Regional Council in assoc with Miriki Performing Arts. Story Advisor John Harvey. Text Support Kathryn Ash. Music by Carl Fourmile. Director Mark Shepherd Choreographer Tanya Seaton and Shellie Bingarap

With support from Cairns Regional Council, Bemac, BBRF

Venue Format
Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
Technical Rating
C, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party

The purchaser will need provide funds for simple props, costumes (ie red / white / yellow tshirts) and lunches for the young people while they are in residence and performance mode.

Miriki gives opportunity to Indigenous youth to create, choreograph & perform their Indigenous heritage through storytelling, drama, dance & song.

Miriki has captured a tapestry of Australia's Indigenous heritage and history by sitting with elders from the nations of Yidinji, Wiradjuri, Bundjalung, Arukubindi, Giddamay and descendants from Tafea Province who are now Australian South Sea Island descendants.

The stories we showcase are passed on from generation to generation. Miriki Performing Arts is truly honoured to be bearers of such intimate and personal stories which reflect our elders' storyline and cultural identity.

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Unique Selling Point

This work is for young people, created by young people, involving a First Nations creative team and First Nations young artists. It blends contemporary music, dance and language with traditional - all steeped in cultural protocol.

Marketing Materials

Professional publicity images Full 2 camera edit vision of the performance 2 min and 30 second vision of the performance. synopsis and marketing blurbs

Community Engagement

Jina’s Journey is a result of a residency style engagement. The world premier show at Cairns Children's Festival in 2019 evolved as Miriki Performing Arts worked with their young people to understand world themes relevant to their lives in regional North Queensland. A script development process then occurred whereby members of Miriki were mentored through an 'on the floor' creative process lead by local experienced First Nations creatives - Pauline Lampton (producer and Artistic Director of Miriki), Shellie Bingarap and Tanya Seaton (Choreographers), Mark Shepherd (Director), Carl Fourmile (Music), John Harvey (Dramaturg), all the while working within Cultural Protocols, ensuring each step of the process was passed with Traditional Owners and cultural consultants, ensuring young people are carrying a message for future generations.

The development has formed the shell of a script, which can be translated to suit participants, their interests and the locality of the production. Artistic Director and central members of the Miriki team, will work with your community to devise and manipulate the content of the script, working with young First Nations people of the region to move and speak words that mean something to them in the context of the journey of this work.