About Us
Dance in Fire — Indigenous Dance & Ceremonies in Cairns, QLD

About Us


In Yidinji language, Minjil means “spark from a fire that shoots up into the night sky.” Fire is very important in Aboriginal culture as it brings people and communities together. Artistic Director of Minjil and company owner, Carl Fourmile is a Yidinji man from the land of Gimuy in Far North Queensland.

A cultural performer, practitioner and local leader in Indigenous arts, Carl has strong roots in dance, lore and education. He is a cultural performer, ceremonial practitioner and local leader in Indigenous Arts in Cairns, FNQ. His passion for the arts, his people and their history extends to mentoring youth and those who want a greater connection and understanding of Aboriginal culture.

Carl has been a key facilitator in workshops, Welcome to Country ceremonies and local cultural tours for the past 15 years in Cairns. He is proud to be an ambassador for his people and to work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities alike.

Minjil is bigger than just one person, however Carl is at the centre, coordinating and directing local Indigenous performers who are enthusiastic and skilled in their craft.
Minjil has performed at many major events in FNQ including:
  • The Commonwealth Games
  • Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair (CIAF)
  • Anzac Day National commemorations
  • Dance Rites at the Sydney Opera House
Our mesmerising performances transport and encourage audiences to come on a journey where dreamtime and the bond with all living things are strong and powerful. Every movement, action and delivery has meaning. Sharing our experiences with the broader community enhances knowledge and strengthens understanding of Aboriginal culture.

Minjil works with companies and events of all sizes, the dynamic energy of our performances will enrich the experience of your next event. If you are looking for ideas that are interesting, entertaining and educational, we will work with you to tailor a program and performance that aligns with your requirements.