Touring Nationally

In the footsteps of Ancestors

TRACKER, a multidisciplinary work by Wiradjuri choreographer and director, Daniel Riley, explores the life and story of his Great-Great Uncle Alec ‘Tracker’ Riley, a Wiradjuri Elder from Dubbo NSW, who served the NSW Police Force as a tracker for 40 years through the beginning of the 20th century.

TRACKER was the first work in development emerging out of our support for creative practitioners through our Executive Leadership Program. Now in its second year of development, it is a culturally rich and ambitiously original work, exploring the legacy of Alec Riley’s decisions in the face of a forcefully implemented colonial system, a legacy that fuels our continued cultural resilience.

Featuring interwoven dance, music and text, TRACKER is developed collaboratively by an experienced team of First Nations creatives, led by Daniel Riley, and consisting of award-winning playwright Ursula Yovich, ILBIJERRI's Artistic Director Rachael Maza AM, composer James Henry, visual artist Jonathan Jones and an all First Nations cast.

2023 Tour

Sydney Festival
10-14 January 2023
Carriageworks - Bay 20
245 Wilson St
Eveleigh NSW 2015

Perth Festival
1-4 March 2023
Studio Underground
178 William St
Perth WA 6000

Adelaide Festival
10-18 March 2023
Odeon Theatre
57a Queen St
Norwood SA 5067

RISING: Festival
7-18 June 2023
Arts House
521 Queensberry St
North Melbourne VIC 3051

Brisbane Festival
20-23 September 2023
Brisbane Powerhouse
119 Lamington St,
New Farm QLD 4005

25-27 October 2023
Odeon Theatre
57a Queen St
Norwood SA 5067

SA Regional Tour
31 October - 9 November 2023
Mount Gambier

Australian Dance Theatre in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company who commissioned the work.


Tyrel Dulvarie
Rika Hamaguchi
Ari Maza Long (Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and SA Regional Tour)
Kaine Sultan-Babij
Ella Ferris (Melbourne)
Abbie-lee Lewis (Sydney)


Photo: Jonathan VDK. Performer: Tyrel Dulvarie.

Sydney Festival Creative Team

Co-Director & Choreographer Daniel Riley

Co-Director Dr Rachael Maza AM

Writer Ursula Yovich

Composer & Sound Designer James Henry

Dramaturg Amy Sole & Jennifer Medway

Visual & Spatial Designer Jonathan Jones Development

Composer & Live Musician Gary Watling

Producer Erin Milne

Set Designer Johnathan Jones

Lighting Designer Chloë Ogilvie

Production Manager Simon Greer

Stage Manager Lyndie Li Wan Po

Wiradjuri Language Translator Aunty Dianne Riley McNaboe

Development Creative Team

Co-director/Choreographer Daniel Riley

Co-director Dr Rachael Maza AM

Writer Ursula Yovich

Composer James Henry

Dramaturg Jennifer Medway

Visual/Spatial Designer Jonathan Jones Development

Performers Dion Williams, Tamara Bouman, Ren Hammat, Zoë Brown

Performer/Musician Gary Watling

Producer Erin Milne


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