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Dance Rites and Sydney Opera House
by Sydney Opera House is Australia's national Indigenous dance competition.
celebrates the continued cultural dance practices of Australia's first peoples and is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
In 2016, the
competition finals will staged as part of
, the Opera House's annual celebration of First Nations' culture, on Sunday 09 October 2016. Contact us to find out more
competition for participants, including registrations, requirements and prizes.
Created by Rhoda Roberts, the Opera House's Head of Indigenous Programming,
is revitalising fast-vanishing indigenous cultural leadership and practices - including language, dance, traditional instruments and skin markings - by creating a contemporary and competitive forum for performance by communities. Urbanisation has had a huge impact on authentic local cultural practices in many Aboriginal communities.
supports Indigenous communities to re-establish and develop their local cultural practices and connection to country and ensure that both are vital and evolving. As Rhoda says:
"All cultures keep their classics alive, but if things continue, in 30 years the songman and woman and their classic art form, and audience, will be entirely lost.
is about reinvigorating those classics for current and future generations."
Watch Rhoda talk about
In 2015, Sydney Opera House, with the support of its donors and Foundation Partner
Creative Music Fund
enabled the pilot program for
For the pilot, Rhoda Roberts travelled to 15 regions, establishing relationships with more than 30 Indigenous communities along Australia's East coast. Those relationships bore fruit at
premiere in November 2015 at
. More than 150 artists from 10 Indigenous communities, from NSW and QLD to the Torres Straits, performed remarkable work for a capacity audience of more than 1,200 people.
also generated significant TV, radio, print and online coverage, reaching a cumulative audience of 1.8 million.
ABC TV's Lateline
captured just how powerful and joyous the event was and centred on Waang Djarii, a group from Taree who also featured on
Radio National's Awaye
White Fella Dreaming
web series, a mockumentary series about getting culture right - and wrong, and designed to drive awareness of
, attracted more than 250,000 views alone on Facebook.
In 2016, Sydney Opera House has committed to stage the second
competition finals as part of
on Sunday 09 October 2016.
We are working also to secure
long-term success, through its own increased investment and through securing the philanthropic support, partnerships, and funding that will take
into the future.
In addition to consolidating its extraordinary initial success, and restaging
, our goal is expand the foundational community consultation process that will allow
to mature, develop and achieve truly national scale. In 2016, while continuing to work with East Coast indigenous communities, Rhoda Roberts is also in conversation with communities in Western and South Australia to broaden
reach, increase engagement and encourage registrations.
In 2016, Sydney Opera House has increased its commitment of direct financial support for
to underwrite the core program and the
performances on 09 October 2016.
' Foundation Partner the Creative Music Fund has also committed to support the 2016 program.
We are seeking additional philanthropic and partner support to ensure that
2016 is bigger, better and expands its artistic and geographic horizons at this critical and exciting time in its evolution. Our donors' investment complements the Opera House's co-investment in the development and presentation of
and will help to enable the project to attain a scale that is sustainable long-term. Our donors will be acknowledged as the supporters of
. At each stage of
development, our donors will have exclusive opportunities to work with Rhoda Roberts and to observe and engage in the community consultation and in the development of the performance works for
To become a supporter of
simply download and complete the
donation form (PDF - 200kb)
or contact us to discuss alternate payment options.
To find out more about supporting
please contact the Philanthropy team on 02 9250 7077 or
Not only is Sydney Opera House the symbol of modern Australia, but the land upon which it is situated, Tubowghule, now known as Bennelong Point, was for thousands of years a gathering place for the Gadigal and Eora people, who danced and sang here. Sydney continues to be home to the largest Indigenous community in Australia.
is a particularly appropriate extension of the Opera House's commitment to the promotion of First Nations arts and culture, as both the first major performing arts organisation to implement a
Reconciliation Action Plan
and the only one to have a Head of Indigenous programming.
Sydney Opera House acknowledges the generous support of the Creative Music Fund, Dance Rites Foundation Partner.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Please join us in thanking our Dance Rites donors for their vision and generosity.
We are especially grateful to our Founding Dance Rites Donors (*) for your commitment and ongoing generosity which has made Dance Rites real.
To join our donors with your tax-deductible gift, donate online now, or contact our Philanthropy team on +612 9250 7077 email@example.com.
The Alexandra & Lloyd Martin Family Foundation
The Penn Foundation^
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
Jane Albert and Andrew Fisher*^
Ian Andrews and Jane Hall*^
Michael and Janie Austin*^
Tony Cavanagh and Jann Gardner*^
Anne Coombs and Susan Varga^
Kate Friis and James O'Toole^
Susan Johnston and Pauline Garde*^
James Kirby and Claire Wivell Plater*^
Scott Marinchek and David Wynne*^
Martin Portus and Martyn Smith*^
Regal Health Group*^
Stephen Wells and Mischa Way*^
* Founding Dance Rites Donor
^ Creative Music Fund Investor