After Bangarra's successful season of Bennelong in Canberra the dance ensemble fly to Thursday Island in the Torres Strait this month for their annual on Country residency.
A small group will also travel to remote Mer Island to hold dance workshops with both primary and high school students. NBA superstar and NAIDOC Person of the Year 2017 Patty Mills will also be on Mer Island visiting local schools, alongside his cousin Bangarra dancer Luke Currie-Richardson.
On Thursday Island, the company will hold several dance workshops with local youth – a highlight for the dancers and an opportunity to give back to the community and inspire the next generation of cultural leaders.
They will also hold a free dance performance of I.B.I.S, created by dancers Deborah Brown and Waangenga Blanco as part of 2015’s double billlore.I.B.I.S was inspired by the Torres Strait Islander community and will be a homecoming for the work.
The Artistic Director of Bangarra, Stephen Page, said taking works back to Country is a vital part of the company’s cultural creation life cycle.
“Our entire repertoire is inspired by our land and our people. For Bangarra to takeI.B.I.S back to its origins, and where Deborah and Waangenga’s families are from, is incredibly special,” said Page.
“It will be the perfect time for the dancers to rejuvenate their spirit and connect to Country during the busyBennelong season.”
To round out the trip, the dancers will also take part in a cultural day with respected Elders, with activities such as weaving and fishing. Dancers Elma Kris and Nicola Sabatino will also research their upcoming workWhistler, part of the ONES COUNTRY – the spine of our stories season at Carriageworks in late November.
After just under a week in Thursday Island, the company will travel to Brisbane and Melbourne to resume theBennelong national tour.