Ones Country – The Spine of Our Stories by Bangarra Dance Theatre was phenomenal. The dancing was based on mythology and storytelling from North East Arnhem Land, the Torres Strait Islands and contemporary Sydney. Nathu was about the elusive cycad nut; Place was about being Black and gay (incredibly pertinent given the recent success of the national postal survey on marriage equality that was passed by the Senate at the end of 2017); and Whistler was about the sacred significance of the dugong, a grey whale-like marine mammal. They’ve been protected by conservation legislation since 1999. Continue reading Bangarra: Ones Country
Drawing on the life and paintings of artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Our Land People Stories explores genocide and reclaiming culture in the face of British invasion. This is Bangarra Dance Theatre’s wonderful exploration of Indigenous Australian dance and colonial violence – an ever-relevant fixture of our national history and present-day life.
Ochres by Bangarra Dance Theatre was amazing! The music was moving but also incredibly melodic and made me want to dance.
Most of it was in Indigenous Australian languages until the final piece which also included English lyrics.
The whole show was tremendous but my favourite was a series centred on relationships: two girls play with a boy joyously first, and two lovers caress at the end. In between was a profound but distressing story of a jealous man and his partner who fought viciously.
Special cultural advisor and dancer Djakapurra Munyarryun appears throughout, dancing and singing with deep resonance. Elma Kris remains the most enchanting dancer I’ve ever seen. She is graceful and powerful.
Lore by Bangarra Dance Theatre brings the dance, culture and stories of the Torres Strait Islands to broader Australian audiences at the Sydney Opera House. In this gorgeous and uplifting show, Elma Kris plays the lead and she is just exquisite. Some of the songs are in the Ka La Lagau Ya language. My favourite parts are the beautiful turtle egg sequence as well as “Freezer” with the dancers emerging from the chilly freezer in the supermarket in contrast to the hot air outside. Continue reading Bangarra: Lore