Performance dates & times

Wednesday 8 Aug
8:00 PM (Preview)
Thursday 9 Aug
8:00 PM
Friday 10 Aug
8:00 PM
Saturday 11 Aug
8:00 PM

Running Time 90 mins

Price range

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Native Tongue is an intimate look at the stories behind the songs from Mojo Juju’s third album of the same name. 

Since cutting her teeth and making a name for herself on the Australian touring circuit in the late 2000’s, Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga, a.k.a Mojo Juju, has been many things to many people. She's been a troubadour, a soothsayer, a shapeshifter and a darn good songwriter. Now, after a decade honing the art of story-telling, she's made the boldest move imaginable; she has decided to finally just be the story.

Native Tongue is exactly that; It is a show that is raw, honest, emotional and intrinsically political. Contemplating her Mother’s Indigenous heritage, her Father’s experience as a Filipino immigrant and her own place in the cultural landscape of modern Australia, this is a show about self-discovery, revealing the true stories that inspired the songs from her latest release.

“To know who you are, you must know where you’ve come from. We’ve all heard it before but this really started to resonate with me. I wanted to document these stories from my family, as well as my own experiences with identity and culture. Delving into my family history is only the beginning of the story, but I think it’s a very good place to start.” – Mojo Juju

Stylistically Mojo Juju’s music is a blend of live instrumentation and electronic production, a way of stitching together the traditional, contemporary and future culture. Part organic and part machine, it has a heavy focus on the human voice. The incredible house band includes Mojo’s brother, Steven Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Yeo and guest artists include Mirrah, Joshua Taveres, Lay the Mystic and the Pasefika Vitoria Choir.

Native Tongue is part of Big World, Up Close - a powerhouse performance series showcasing the most compelling new works from across the globe. Tapping urgent energies from Africa to the Middle East and Australia’s own shores, each piece in the series reveals profound and personal stories told by vital voices in music and theatre.


Creative Director / Musical Director / Performer
Mojo Juju
Steven Ruiz de Luzuriaga and Yeo
Guest performers
Joshua Tavares, Mirrah Fay-Parker, Ileini Kabalan and the Pasefika Choir
Director / Producer
Russall Beattie
Craig Ridgewell
Cesar Rodrigues
Rebecca Church

  • Big World Up Close