Arts & Entertainment

DANCE CLAN 3

Photo: Greg Barrett

Bangarra’s newest production Dance Clan 3, is created by four of the company’s senior female dancer/choreographers.

“Each of the women has a particular story they’ve been inspired by: the Macquarie March that happened in the early 1800s, when Macquarie was in power. A black social issue about the promise of land and the massacres of that time; the 1978 Batik Petition of the central desert movement, similar to the Bark Petition from the mid-1960s; a creation story from Broome about land and respect and the implications about what’s happening to the social environment; and an eight-minute film that tells the story of pearl divers in the Torres Strait,” explains artistic director Stephen Page.

“Oral stories, living language, songs and dance all inspire Bangarra’s contemporary expression; urban stories that we inject fuel into to reawaken the spirit of storytelling,” he adds.

Page, who has been with the company since 1991 says, ”The sustainability of Bangarra, that it’s survived 25 years, that’s my greatest achievement,” he continues.

“It tops directing 1000 Indigenous Aboriginals on stage for the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.” (MS)

Nov 20-Dec 1, Studio Theatre, Pier 4, 15 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, $49, bangarra.com.au/performance/danceclan3

BY MEL SOMERVILLE

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