Brisbane Festival 2023
20-23 Sep


Wiradjuri choreographer and Australian Dance Theatre Artistic Director, Daniel Riley, evokes an immensely powerful and personal story of his Great-Great Uncle, Alec “Tracker” Riley.

Alec, a Wiradjuri Elder and Tracker, served the New South Wales Police Force for 40 years, leading numerous high-profile cases. As an Elder of his community he forged a path between the enforced colonial system in which he worked and his Wiradjuri lore. Tracker takes inspiration from his legacy and examines the battles First Nations people have shared for generations.

Weaving together dance, music and text, Tracker invites the audience into an open and transformative ceremonial space. This remarkable story is brought to life by a team of celebrated first Nations creatives and an all-First Nations cast.

Culturally rich and ambitiously original, this multidisciplinary work rethinks how we engage with and experience First Nations storytelling.


Australian Dance Theatre is the country’s oldest contemporary dance company, located on Karuna Yerta (Adelaide, South Australia). For nearly 60 years Australian Dance Theatre has pioneered new work that has continually redefined dance and pushed the art form.

Australian Dance Theatre is committed to the presentation of work reflective of Australia’s diverse voices, landscapes and histories. Collaborative relationships and a commitment to community engagement are at the core of the company’s values.

Daniel Riley – Co-Director & Choreographer
Rachael Maza AM – Co-Director
Ursula Yovich and Amy Sole – Writers
Jonathan Jones – Set Designer
James Henry – Composer & Sound Designer
Gary Watling – Composer & Live Musician
Chloë Ogilvie – Lighting Designer
Ailsa Paterson – Costume Designer
Tyrel Dulvarie – Performer
Rika Hamaguchi – Performer
Ari Maza Long – Performer
Kaine Sultan-Babij – Performer
Amy Sole and Jennifer Medway – Dramaturgs
Aunty Shirley Mathews – Project Elder
Aunty Ann Cribb – Project Elder
Aunty Dianne Riley-McNaboe – Wiradjuri Language Translator
Merindah Funnell – Scenic Artist
Nathan Evers – Production Manager
Clinton Camac – Technical Supervisor

We thank and pay our deep respects to members of the Riley family, for their generosity and support in the creation of this work. We acknowledge Wiradjuri people, and their social, spiritual and cultural connection to their traditional land and stories. We extend that respect to Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia where this work has been created over its many stages.

We acknowledge the Jagera people and Turrbal people as the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which the Festival takes place, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

This project was initiated by Daniel Riley and initially commissioned by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company. Produced by Bureau of Works and Australian Dance Theatre.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, Adelaide Festival, Rising and Brisbane Festival.

Tracker has also been supported by the Australian Government through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund and the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; the City of Melbourne through Arts House; Besen Family Foundation; Dubbo Regional Council; Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre; Annamila Foundation; and the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Knowledge Institute.

Australian Dance Theatre is supported by the Government of South Australia through the Department of the Premier and cabinet, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; Tanja Liedtke Foundation; SA Power Networks; Boileau Business Technology; Enoki; Novatech; Quest Apartment Hotels and Schwartz Media.

“It is the type of theatre that simply must be experienced.” Time Out Sydney




Wed 20 Sep 2023
Thu 21 Sep 2023
Fri 22 Sep 2023
Sat 23 Sep 2023
Sat 23 Sep 2023


Powerhouse Theatre


*plus booking fees


60 minutes


Suitable for ages 15+

Contains adult themes

Contains coarse language

Contains sexual references

Contains simulated violence

Auslan performance Fri 22 Sep

Presented by Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Powerhouse.