Recorded on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt, 2019
Dance Rites — Australia’s First Nations dance competition — is the Sydney Opera House’s free, two-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dance and cultures on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt each spring.
Last year on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November, Dance Rites returned bigger than ever. More than 350 performers from 19 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island groups celebrated the dance and culture of the first inhabitants of this land.
Each night at sunset, Badu Gili would light up the eastern Bennelong Sail with ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection. As the lights are dimmed on the sails, we bring you Badu Gili to your living room.
Rhyan Clapham, aka DOBBY, is a Filipino and Aboriginal rapper, drummer and speaker. Direct from the Joan Sutherland Theatre, he combines his cultural stories and experiences to create rap that is timely, contagious and unforgettable.