For three decades, Bangarra Dance Theatre has been a major force in bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures into the national and international consciousness through its powerful and unique dance theatre story-telling.
In September 2020, and owing to the support of the Victorian Government, Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo is proud to be a ‘home away from home’ to this iconic Indigenous company offering workshops, youth programs and of course, a performance season of Bangarra’s latest work – SandSong, inspired by stories from the Great Sandy Desert. The second performance will be followed by an ‘in Conversation’ with the creative team – a chance to learn about the creative process and the stories behind the stories.
SandSong will take us to the southern Kimberley, where pindan red dust, dry spinifex grass and undulating sand hills are the backdrop to significant social, economic and cultural disruption. At the heart of this is the Jila (Living Water), a symbol of ancient knowledge and power. SandSong relives the memories of the old ways and questions our responsibility to the current generation who are faced with the challenges that erupt as a result of government policy, social dysfunction and a fractured cultural divide.
Bangarra‘s mission, ‘to create inspiring experiences that change society’ is not only reflected in the repertoire of its productions. Bangarra’s mission guides all Bangarra’s activities and programs and when Bangarra arrives next September, our Bendigo community will have the unique chance to experience several of these first hand.
Bangarra Dance Theatre’s passionate storytelling, rich artistry and deep community connections are a powerful voice for Australia’s First Nations People, and a touchstone for all people to connect with the world most ancient living Culture.
The Venue: Ulumbarra Theatre
Meaning ‘gather together’ or ‘meeting place’ in the language of the local Dja Dja Wurrung people, Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from what was once the Sandhurst Gaol.More about Ulumbarra Theatre
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