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Bulnuruwanha Taking Flight

With Emily Flannery

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Bulnuruwanha - Taking Flight is a contemporary Indigenous dance work exploring the Wiradjuri Dreamtime stories of the Magpie, Willy Wagtail, Kookaburra and Cockatoo, choreographed by First Nations dancer Emily Flannery.

In the Centre for Creativity | Sydney Opera House Presents | Kids & Families

"Bulnuruwanha is about the creation story of the birds and how they created the land."

Explore the Wiradjuri Dreamtime through dance

Bulnuruwanha - Taking Flight is a contemporary Indigenous dance work exploring the Wiradjuri Dreamtime stories of the Magpie, Willy Wagtail, Kookaburra and Cockatoo and their roles in the creation of the land. Developed and delivered by recent NAISDA graduate, new Bangarra member, and First Nations choreographer and dancer Emily Flannery, Bulnuruwanha takes kids and families through four different dances inspired by the birds and animals of the NSW Central Coast. Kids and families will learn parts of the choreography and respond with reflections on animals and birds from their own country.

Bulnuruwanha is a DirtyFeet production commissioned by the Sydney Opera House, as part of New Work Now, enabled by The Wolanski Foundation.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

About the Artist...

Emily Flannery

Emily Flannery is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Forbes in the Central West of NSW. Emily began her training at the McDonald College focusing on classical ballet. After graduating, Emily decided to further her studies and her connection to culture at NAISDA Dance College. While at NAISDA Emily was fortunate enough to spend time in both Yolngu and Moa Island communities.

Emily was the recipient of Young Regional Artist Scholarship (YRAS) which enabled her to spend five months at Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel during her final year of study. Since graduating, Emily has performed with Opera Australia, Phunktional Arts and Karul Projects, and collaborated with Cloe Fournier and Yolande Brown. Emily was the recipient of a Dirty Feet Choreographic Lab, which enabled her to begin her choreographic journey.

Emily is an Artist in Residence at PACT Theatre with the Lost All Sorts Collective for 2020. Emily is the recipient of the Joanne Harris Graduate Scholarship for 2020, which will enable her to study with Jasmin Vardimon Company in 2021.

As an emerging Indigenous dancer and choreographer Emily hopes to share her culture and her spirit through movement.

Emily Flannery headshot
Emily Flannery Image: Natalia Cartney

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