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Dark Emu: Creative Learning

Featuring unique choreographic language and some of the country’s most acclaimed artists, Bangarra Dance Theatre celebrates the continuation of life and culture through the power, artistry, passion and physicality of dance.

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“The best kind of integrated contemporary performance on offer.”

Australian Stage on Bangarra Dance Theatre

World Premiere

For compelling contemporary dance and uniquely Australian stories, look no further than Dark Emu. Following a sold-out, critically acclaimed 2017 season of Bennelong, Bangarra’s new production will satisfy your spirit and connect you with Country.

Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book, Dark Emu features four stories directed by Stephen Page; each exploring the vital life force of flora and fauna, and redefining the narrative around the post-colonial myth of the ‘hunter-gatherer’. Long-time Bangarra collaborators Steve Francis (music), Jacob Nash (sets) and Jennifer Irwin (costumes) bring their impeccable aesthetic to the production.

Bangarra are known for their world-class dancing, ravishingly beautiful set and costume design, and soul-stirring soundscapes. Don’t miss the chance for your students to experience them in 2018.

Presented by Sydney Opera House and Bangarra Dance Theatre

NSW Curriculum Links

Subject

Outcomes

Content

Stage 4

Content

Stage 5

Content

Stage 6

General capabilities and cross-curriculum

Dance

Dance appreciation

4.3.1

4.3.2

Dance appreciation

5.3.1

5.3.2

5.3.3

Appreciation

P4.1

P4.2

P4.3
P4.4

P4.5

H4.1

H4.2

H4.4

Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Ethical
understanding

Intercultural understanding

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Aboriginal Studies

Knowledge and understanding of similarities and diversity in Aboriginal identities, communities and cultural expression

4.1

4.2

4.3

Knowledge and understanding of similarities and diversity in Aboriginal identities, communities and cultural expression

5.1

5.2

5.3

Social justice and human rights issues and how they impact on Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples 

P1.1

P1.2

P1.3

H1.1

H1.2

H1.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The diversity of contemporary Aboriginal and other indigenous peoples cultural, political, social and economic life

P2.1

P2.2

H2.1 

H2.2 

 

 

Music

Listening

4.7

Listening

5.7

 

 

Value and appreciate

4.11

4.12

Value and appreciate

5.11

5.12

 

 

History

The Ancient to the Modern World

HT4-3

HT4-4 d

The Modern World and  Australia

 

HT5-3

HT5-4

 

 

Geography

Places and liveability

Interconnections

 

 

 

 

GE4-3

Changing paces

 

GE5-3

 

 

Ticket and Travel Subsidy

The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing the very best national and international performing arts experiences to NSW students as part of their educational studies.

The Sydney Opera House Arts Assist program provides the full cost of the Creative Learning performance ticket and $5 per student toward travel costs. School applications are assessed according to socioeconomic disadvantage, schools with special needs and individual responses regarding the School Profile and School Community.

The Sydney Opera House thanks and acknowledges our generous Arts Assist donors; The Greatorex Foundation and Sydney Opera House Ladies’ Committee.

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