Aseel Tayah: Ardna

Ardna (“our land”) is an innovative new work by Aseel Tayah for primary school children, that uses Indigenous and Middle Eastern dance, songs and storytelling to explore our connection to physical land. Ardna is a beautiful, tactile experience for children that takes place in an open indoor/outdoor space that is transformed into an island of bushland.

Content Warning: Darkness

Project idea and creator: Aseel Tayah

Co-production: Kush Kuiy

Production Consultant: Jason Tamiru

Remount Dramaturgy and Director: Sarah Krigler

Script by Didem Caia, Jason Tamiru, Aseel Tayah, Rania Ahmad

Actors: Kush Kuiy, Oz Malik

Dance: Caleena Sansbury

Dramaturgy: Stéphanie Ghajar

Cultural Mentor: Auntie Lou Bennet AM

Videography by Jason Cheetham

Musical direction: Meena Shamaly

Music by Allara, Jason Tamiru, Camile Fegahli

Image by Aseel Tayah


Access Information:

Age Group: 7 years up / Family

Visual rating

50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating

100%: Entirely sound-based with no visual elements and can be fully experienced by blind or low vision audiences.

  • Date : June 27, 2023 - June 29, 2023
  • Time : 2:00 pm (Australia/Melbourne)
  • Venue : La Mama HQ 205 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053