Frances Rings’ Unaipon is an absorbing portrait of the great
Aboriginal inventor, philosopher, writer and storyteller, Ngarrindjeri
man David Unaipon, who features on the Australian $50 note.Stamping Ground
was created by Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián as an homage to
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their cultures. Curated
by Artistic Director Stephen Page,to make fire highlights the breadth, power and beauty of Bangarra’s creations over three decades.
With roots in the world’s oldest continuing culture, Bangarra: 30 years of sixty five thousand carries
the spirit of Bangarra into its fourth decade, promising many more
years of deeply moving and authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Inventor, author, philosopher, visionary. Unaipon is Frances
Rings’ monumental 2004 work about the man on the Australian $50 note.
Born on a South Australian mission in the late 19th century, David
Unaipon was a proud Ngarrindjeri man, a Christian, and a scholar of
science and culture.Unaipon tells of his advocacy for better
treatment of Aboriginal Australians, and his staunch belief that
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people could coexist as equals, despite
the incredible challenges he faced in his lifetime. Through Rings’
modern, propulsive choreography, performed to a powerful score by David
Page, dancers trace the themes and preoccupations of David Unaipon’s
vibrant intellect: the secret of perpetual motion, the philosophy of
human existence, religion, power, and man’s relationship to land.
Against a devastating background of destructive government policies,
Unaipon’s proud Warrawaldi heritage shines forth as he reconciles a
changing world while holding strong the customs and traditions of his
For the first time in the company’s history, Bangarra presents a work
created beyond Australian shores. Stamping Ground is the work of
renowned Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián, inspired by his 1980 visit to
Groote Eylandt, north east of Arnhem Land, when he attended the largest
recorded dance gathering of Aboriginal people – a week-long corroboree
where 1,000 men, women and children came from across Australia to dance,
sing and share their culture. In 1983, Kylián created Stamping Ground
for the Nederlands Dance Theater.
Kylián’s startlingly original dance vocabulary pays tribute to the
essence of Indigenous dance traditions, which have been vital to the
continuation of culture for thousands of years. As Bangarra dancers
recreate Kylián’s steps with their own style and sensibility, Stamping
Ground continues its creation cycle by returning to the culture and the
land that gave it life.
to make fire
to make fire celebrates 30 years of original Bangarra
creations with memorable moments from the company’s repertoire, curated
by Artistic Director and Choreographer Stephen Page. Spanning Australian
history from pre-contact times to contemporary life, these stories
speak of traditional ceremonies and practices, great artists and
leaders, land and Country, loss, survival and hope.
In thirty years the company has celebrated the power, strength and
beauty of Indigenous Australians, never shying from the devastating
impact of colonisation, yet always celebrating the continuation of the
oldest surviving culture on this planet.
Each of the works in this retrospective has its origins on Country,
and Bangarra acknowledges the generosity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander communities around Australia who have shared their stories
with the company over the past three decades. Connections to these
communities are at the heart of the company’s work and continue to
nourish Bangarra’s spirit as it enters the next decade.
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