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Meet the artists behind the projections | Badu Gili
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First Nations art on the sails
Badu Gili – meaning ‘water light’ in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people – is a free daily spectacular seven-minute projection of First Nations art, illuminating the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail year-round at sunset, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.
Curated by the Opera House’s Head of First Nations Programming, Rhoda Roberts AO, Badu Gili weaves together the work of five eminent First Nations artists from across Australia and the Torres Strait Islands, Jenuarrie (Judith Warrie), Frances Belle Parker, Alick Tipoti and the late Lin Onus and Minnie Pwerle.
The most exciting First Nations cultural experiences are an essential part of the Opera House. Songlines, which turned the Opera House’ sails into an an animated canvas of contemporary Australian Indigenous art in 2016, was experienced online by more than six million people worldwide. Dance Rite is Australia’s national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance competition, brought into existence through the vision of Opera House donors in 2015. It brings together communities from around Australia to revitalise, celebrate and maintain First Nations culture, dance, language and stories.
Schools can experience live performances at the Opera House, or via live-stream through our Digital Creative Learning program. Live, interactive, and free to all Australian public schools, this program also offers a unique suite of digital excursions that take students behind-the-scenes at Bennelong Point and extend the live performance program for deeper learning.
The best of contemporary dancers – Akram Khan Dance Company, DV8, Hofesh Schechter Company, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, María Pagés, Mark Morris Dance Group, Nederlands Dans Theater, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sylvie Guillem, TAO Dance Theatre, Hiroaki Umeda, Eva Yerbabuena, and more – have all moved Australian audiences at their Opera House-presented performances.
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