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30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand
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Bangarra Dance Theatre celebrates its landmark 30th anniversary season with a diverse program of three contemporary works. Each displays the passionate storytelling, rich artistry and deep community connections that have made Bangarra the premier Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company in Australia.

Frances Rings’ Unaipon is an absorbing portrait of the great Aboriginal inventor, philosopher, writer and storyteller, Ngarrindjeri man David Unaipon, who features on the Australian $50 note. Through Rings’ modern, propulsive choreography, performed to a powerful score by David Page, dancers trace the themes and preoccupations of David Unaipon’s vibrant intellect: the secret of perpetual motion, the philosophy of human existence, religion, power, and man’s relationship to land.

Stamping Ground, created by Czech choreographer Jirí Kylián, marks the first time in the company’s history that Bangarra presents a work created beyond Australian shores. Inspired by Kylián’s 1980 visit to Groote Eylandt, the startlingly original dance vocabulary pays tribute to the essence of Indigenous dance traditions, which have been vital to the continuation of culture for thousands of years. As Bangarra dancers recreate Kylián’s steps with their own style and sensibility, Stamping Ground continues its creation cycle by returning to the culture and the land that gave it life.

Curated by Bangarra artistic director Stephen Page, to make fire highlights the breadth, power and beauty of Bangarra’s creations over 30 years with memorable moments from the company’s repertoire. Spanning Australian history from pre-contact times to contemporary life, these stories speak of traditional ceremonies and practices, great artists and leaders, land and Country, loss, survival and hope.

With roots in the world’s oldest continuing culture, 30 years of sixty five thousand carries the spirit of Bangarra into its fourth decade, promising many more years of deeply moving and authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories.

  • Extraordinarily powerful... a benchmark in Australian dance creativity.

    Sydney Morning Herald
  • Irrespective of the colour of your skin, your connection to country or your interest in the performing arts, [Bangarra presents] the best kind of integrated contemporary performance on offer.

    Australian Stage
  • Photo: Daniel Boud

Supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, Australian Ethical, Broadcast Australia (BAI Communications), Boral, Lendlease and Qantas

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