Breathtaking...even mindblowing The Australian
Bangarra Dance Theatre breaks the silence with an exciting, physically dynamic production Blak; exploding with stories about a contemporary clan and the collision of two worlds.
Artistic Director Stephen Page and dancer/choreographer Daniel Riley McKinley peel back the layers of men’s business and women’s business, crossing the worlds of old and modern, exposing our universal yearning for spiritual connection. Acclaimed for its celebration of the world’s oldest living culture, Bangarra invites you to share this contemporary dance theatre experience.
For the first time, the soundscape of award-winning composer David Page will be fused with the electronic sounds of Paul Mac, both legends in creating cutting edge Australian music. Jacob Nash’s sensational set designs will again bring depth and mood to Bangarra’s evocative theatrical journey.
Blak is physical and edgy, drawn from the artists’ urban perspective, telling the stories of Indigenous Australia in a powerful and moving work of dance theatre.
Choreography Stephen Page & Daniel Riley McKinley
Music David Page
Set Design Jacob Nash
From 8 June 2013
About Bangarra Dance Theatre
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Bangarra is Australia's premier Indigenous performing arts company. Established in 1989, Bangarra produces distinctive dance theatre productions that tour each year to capital cities, regional towns and remote communities of Australia. As cultural ambassadors, Bangarra presents its truly Australian contemporary Indigenous theatrical experiences throughout the world.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Stephen Page since 1991, Bangarra embraces, celebrates and respects Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their cultures. Always uplifting and deeply moving, Bangarra unifies the past and the present by connecting traditional Indigenous culture with our contemporary lives.
Bangarra has created an extraordinary signature body of work that has secured the company’s national and international reputation. Stephen Page is committed to developing the next generation of Indigenous storytellers by mentoring creative artists and providing opportunities for Indigenous young people.
Four artists-in-residence have been appointed to Bangarra in 2011: Kathy Marika, Jacob Nash, David Page and Frances Rings. A new Indigenous trainee program has enabled three young Aboriginal theatre practitioners to join Bangarra for formal training and career development.
With studios based in the arts precinct at Walsh Bay in Sydney, the company has 14 dancers who come from all over Australia reflecting many Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures. Bangarra is a significant Indigenous employer with 70% of its 34 full time staff being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent. The board is chaired by Larissa Behrendt who is a leading Aboriginal lawyer and academic.
Supported by our enthusiastic audiences, the Commonwealth and NSW Governments, a loyal cohort of corporate sponsors and a number of outstandingly generous private donors, Bangarra plays an important role in Australia’s creative and cultural future.
Bangarra Dance Theatre
Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay 2000, Sydney, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9251 5333
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