Through our Sydney Opera house channels in the lead up to the finals on the 21st November we will be screening four episodes, consisting of two heats. Heat one is the Traditional Dance – revealing continuance of song cycles and language and age-old welcomes. Heat two is titled the Wildcard Dance and is open to any style, often reflecting our shared histories, with some groups telling old comical stories, and others exploring more recent stories, fusing music and song.
I am so proud of all those who have contributed to this new stage of Dance Rites, continuing the cultural maintenance, that now more than ever is essential for us all to know, as we continue living on and honouring our ancient lands, sea and Sky.
Personally, our tradition bearers have given us a unique gift, by connecting us all, through the healing and medicine that is culture and enlightening to the deep listening encouraged by elders, custodians, and guardians of language.
So enjoy and gather to explore the stories, watch the interviews on our YouTube channels and embrace the competition itself, as we celebrate 2020’s digital Dance Rites. There are so many great moments and inspiring anecdotes, but most importantly we are proud to be continuing the songlines that have always connected us.
Rhoda Roberts AO