Bangarra: 30 years of sixty five thousand. Photo: Daniel Boud
Bangarra: 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand
From mid-June, Australia's premier Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, marks its 30th anniversary season with "Bangarra: 30 years of sixty five thousand", a production of three contemporary dance works that embody the passionate storytelling, rich artistry and deep community connections that have been at the heart of the company since its inception. Performances included in this multi-tiered celebration include Frances Rings’ "Unaipon", an absorbing portrait of the great Aboriginal inventor, philosopher, writer and storyteller, Ngarrindjeri man David Unaipon (who features on the Australian $50 note); Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián's "Stamping Ground", created as an homage to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their cultures; and "to make fire", curated by artistic director Stephen Page to highlight the breadth, power and beauty of Bangarra’s creations over three decades.