Unbroken Land

Unbroken Land is a performative community event that provides a platform for collective community storytelling. This unique program was first presented at the Alice Springs Desert Park in 2015, and again in 2016 and 2018. The program was presented virtually in 2020 and 2021, then also screened live in 2021.

Unbroken Land is an Incite Arts’ branded framework; a performative community arts event that provides a platform for collective community storytelling.

Unbroken Land is about bringing people together through community arts practice to experience diverse stories of belonging, celebrations of culture and our place in the landscape.

Unbroken Land asks the questions: What ‘dreaming’ are we creating today? What will those that follow in our footsteps inherit from us? Unbroken Land creates art that is about a world we want to live in and not the one currently shown in much of popular culture. So much is overwhelmingly, negative and self-perpetuating. We are told we are a divided, racist, intolerant and bigoted society.

Unbroken Land allows us to tell our own stories to redefine who we are as individuals and as a community, who we want to be and how we want to be seen; and so, create the world we want to be a part of!

Engaging Alice Spring’s rich and creative community diversity, Unbroken Land sweeps art into the heart of participants and audiences alike; supports connections between communities and gives expression to powerful and passionate feelings of belonging and our place in the landscape.

In 2020 Incite Arts re-visioning of Unbroken Land saw the event and community participation program presented virtually. Incite produced twenty one water themed short films that were released online between June 2020 and May 2022 via our website, YouTube and Facebook.

Virtual presentation offers unique opportunities to showcase the talents of our Alice Springs community on more far reaching online platforms, and to far greater audiences than the original planned live event.

Access and inclusion remains at the very heart of the virtual Unbroken Land, with closed captioning and audio description access features.

Water is everywhere
Water is powerful, fragile and precious
Water is life
From the mythical to the mundane
From ritual to resource, water connects us all
We all have water stories to share

Enjoy the Unbroken Land journey…

Episode 21 – Lantern Parade

In our final episode of Unbroken Land, join us as we travel through the exquisitely lit gums of Central Australia following the beautifully illuminated Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists lanterns.

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Episode 20 – Tari Puspanjali

Tari Puspanjali is a traditional Balinese dance which was created by the great Balinese artist, Swasthi Widjaja Bandem. Tari Puspanjali is a welcome dance and the name reflects the concept of honouring guests with the reverence dedicated to flowers; “Puspa” means...

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Episode 19 – Ngapa

The Southern Ngaliya Dancers are from Yuendumu. This film about Ngapa Jukurrpa (water dreaming) was filmed during the performance of Unbroken Land 2018 at the Desert Park. The film also includes footage of Juka Juka, a water dreaming site on Warlpiri country. “We...

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Episode 18 – Water in Nepal

Nepal is a land rich in water resources due to the many Himalayan Glacier, rivers, lakes, and Monsoonal rain. Traditionally, brass, copper and clay pots were used to carry drinking water from beautifully carved stone taps, rivers and water holes. As water has always...

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Episode 17 – Water is Life

Zimbabwean Outback Melodies are a lady’s choir group based in Alice Springs. This song is about water being life. It describes the water that we share, the well where they get their water in Africa, and the water that is here in Alice Springs/Mparntwe, put together...

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Episode 16 – The Tinikling Dancers

The Mabuhay Multicultural Community of Mparntwe (Alice Springs) presents The Tinikling Dancers. The Tinikling dance is one of the most popular folk dances in the Philippines. Traditionally, as rice crops near harvest time and after rainfall, bamboo traps are...

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Episode 15 – Desert Rain

Desert Rain is created by two Centralian youth dancers Leah Cato, 17, and Eli Clarke, 15. It is a piece inspired by their memories and expresses the happiness and enjoyment they felt as children when, on rare occasions, the rain came to Mparntwe (Alice Springs). Leah,...

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Episode 14 – In Our Element

Midnight Feast are thrilled to be teaming with Incite Arts to bring Erica Halvorsen’s film ‘In Our Element’ to life. Reflecting on the theme of water, Erica was inspired to make a film that paid tribute to her father; master boat builder and five-time Sydney to Hobart...

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Episode Thirteen – Gumtrees By The River

“Water is my dreaming. My ancestors were the rainmakers.” Maureen O’Keefe is a Kaytetye-Warlpiri woman from Ali Curung. She is a dedicated writer living in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. The songs are sung in Kaytetye-Warlpiri by her mother’s sister, Mona and sister-in-law,...

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Episode Twelve – Top End Water

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts is a Darwin based organisation working with young people around the Northern Territory. A long-standing relationship with Incite Arts has led to Corrugated Iron's involvement in Unbroken Land over the years. This year it has become a project...

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Episode Eleven – Kwatye Waru

As part of the Unbroken Land 2020 program, this Connect2Culture film shows the importance of water and fire in the desert and adds new dimensions to the already released self-titled episodes. Created by First Nations Disabled Artists Tiffany Malthouse and Lizzie Trew,...

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Episode Ten – There Was A River

In There Was A River, the artists from the stArts with D Performance Ensemble tell their story of a river flowing through the red hills. Written by Tiffany Malthouse, Devona Palmer and the stArts with D Performance Ensemble, There Was A River is told in English,...

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Episode Nine – Ripples Through The Desert

GUTS Dance // Central Australia youth dancers tell their story of waiting for the rain in the desert. The sun is hot in the sky, white clouds are wispy, birds soar overhead with a brief glimpse of a rainbow. Everyone is waiting for the rain. Rain that makes puddles...

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Episode Eight – Letter to the Future

Dance artist Miriam Nicholls has collaborated with her students at OLSH Catholic College to create this Unbroken Land 2020 episode. Letter to the Future has been inspired by the young performers' wish to express a hopeful vision of the future, in which people are...

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Episode Seven – Clouds

As part of the Unbroken Land 2020 program, this Connect2Culture film "Clouds" tells First Nations Disabled Artist Tiffany Malthouse’s story about clouds. Connect2Culture has supported Tiffany to explore dance, movement, language, song, art, cultural knowledge,...

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Episode Six – Bloom

Following on with the Unbroken Land 2020 water themed works comes Bloom. After the rain, the inevitable new life blossoms out from the red earth. This episode is a stop motion animation of chalk artwork created by Alice Springs/Mparntwe based artist, Sarah Cook. A...

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Episode Five – Rain

As part of the Unbroken Land 2020 program, the ‘stArts with D’ Performance Ensemble have created a series of short films, telling their stories about water. From the dramatic storms with thunder and lightning, water flowing from the sky and flooding the rivers, to...

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Episode Four – Storm

As part of the Unbroken Land 2020 program, the ‘stArts with D’ Performance Ensemble have created a series of short films, telling their stories about water. From the dramatic storms with thunder and lightning, water flowing from the sky and flooding the rivers, to...

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Episode Three – Flood

As part of the Unbroken Land 2020 program, the ‘stArts with D’ Performance Ensemble have created a series of short films, telling their stories about water. From the dramatic storms with thunder and lightning, water flowing from the sky and flooding the rivers, to...

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Episode Two – Fire

As part of the Unbroken Land 2020 program, these two Connect2Culture films show the importance of water and fire in the desert. First Nations Disabled Artists Tiffany Malthouse and Lizzie Trew want the audience to experience how vital both fire and water are to them,...

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Episode One – Water

In this Connect2Culture film, First Nations Disabled artist, Tiffany Malthouse, shows the importance of water in the desert as part of the Unbroken Land 2020 program. Through a series of short films in the Unbroken Land program, Tiffany, along with another FIrst...

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