Bangarra Dance Theatre: 30th Anniversary Season

A celebration of contemporary dance, story and culture.

Dance

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Join Bangarra as the company celebrates its landmark 30th anniversary season with a stunning display of contemporary dance theatre. As Australia’s only major performing arts company with its origins in the land, Bangarra is inspired by over 65,000 years of culture and the continual evolution of Indigenous storytelling. 

Proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from all over Australia come together as a creative clan to harness a shared, instinctual spirit. The result is Bangarra’s powerful dance language and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design. At the helm is award-winning artistic director and choreographer Stephen Page. Together, they create original and breath-taking experiences. This is your chance to be part of it.

Australian Curriculum: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Intercultural Understanding, Critical and Creative Thinking, The Arts: Dance

SACE: Dance, Creative Arts, Aboriginal Studies

Date Thursday 19 September (T3 Wk9)
Time 12.30pm
Venue Dunstan Playhouse
Cost School $16 / Equity $9
Duration 70 minutes including post show In Conversation
Year Level 3-12
Warning Haze (very minimal). Contains audio of people who have passed away.

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The schools performance will be Frances Rings’ work, Unaipon, an incredible cross-curricular work which delves into dance, music, design, science, history and social sciences.

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 people.

Education resource available on our resources page

Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre and Bangarra Dance Theatre

South Australian regional and equity schools are invited to contact centrED to apply for transport subsidies should travel costs prohibit attendance at an Adelaide Festival Centre presented performance or workshop. Email centrED@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au