Legendary Wiradjuri tracker Alec Riley was the first Indigenous police sergeant on the New South Wales Police Force, where he served for 40 years from 1911.

In parallel to that now, many years later, his Great-Great nephew Daniel Riley has been named the first Indigenous director of an Australian dance company, in his new role as Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre.

In one of his first works in this role, Tracker, Daniel explores the path his Great-Great Uncle forged between the enforced colonial system of the time and his own Wiradjuri lore.

This remarkable and deeply personal story is brought to life on stage by a team of talented First Nations creatives using different pillars of storytelling such as ceremony, music, theatre, and contemporary dance, inviting audiences to engage with the work, not simply observe it.

After sold-out seasons in both Sydney and Perth, Tracker will be performed across eight days as part of the Adelaide Festival from 10-18 March at The Odeon Theatre in Norwood. It will return to South Australia in October and November, touring across the state with the support of Country Arts SA.

“It is almost impossible to leave Tracker without feeling deeply moved.” The Saturday Paper

Australian Dance Theatre offers First Nations community members FREE tickets to a special preview performance of Tracker on Friday 10 March 3:00 pm at The Odeon Theatre. Find out more about Tracker, part of the Adelaide Festival here

Image: Daniel Riley by Jonathan VDK, courtesy of ADT