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15–17 July 2021

Bangarra Dance Theatre presents SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert

Under the vast Kimberley sky, the red pindan dust stretches across the desert homelands of the Walmajarri, where the ancient knowledge of People and of Country is preserved through Songlines that have endured for hundreds of generations. At the heart of this land is the Living Water - Jila – that resides in desert waterholes across the region and is the basis of cultural beliefs and practices. SandSong tells the unique story of this Place and the survival of its People. Between the 1920s and 1960s, Aboriginal people were removed off their Country and onto pastoral stations where they were forced into hard labour, usually for no wages and only minimal rations. Despite this displacement and cultural disruption, the Traditional People of the Western Desert have maintained unbroken connection to Land and Country - keeping songs, stories and kinship strong. This is the Country of Wangkatjungka woman Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf (1967 – 2019), a close cultural collaborator of Bangarra whose spirit, stories and artistic contributions have inspired a number of the company’s works and enriched the broader arts landscape. The Lawford family has long generational ties to this part of the Kimberley and are current owners of the pastoral lease for Bohemia Downs cattle station, allowing them the stability to continue to care for their Land, Culture and Community. SandSong is a journey into ancient story systems framed against the backdrop of ever-changing government policy and of the survival of people determined to hold strong to their Culture. SandSong is created by Bangarra Dance Theatre in consultation with Wangkatjungka/Walmajarri Elders from the Kimberley and Great Sandy Desert regions, drawing on the stories, knowledge and memories of the past to create a new narrative for our Indigenous futures. This work honours the legacy of Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf and her family - past, present and future.

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Synopsis

15–17 July 2021

Bangarra Dance Theatre presents SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert

Under the vast Kimberley sky, the red pindan dust stretches across the desert homelands of the Walmajarri, where the ancient knowledge of People and of Country is preserved through Songlines that have endured for hundreds of generations.

At the heart of this land is the Living Water – Jila – that resides in desert waterholes across the region and is the basis of cultural beliefs and practices. SandSong tells the unique story of this Place and the survival of its People.

Between the 1920s and 1960s, Aboriginal people were removed off their Country and onto pastoral stations where they were forced into hard labour, usually for no wages and only minimal rations. Despite this displacement and cultural disruption, the Traditional People of the Western Desert have maintained unbroken connection to Land and Country – keeping songs, stories and kinship strong.

This is the Country of Wangkatjungka woman Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf (1967 – 2019), a close cultural collaborator of Bangarra whose spirit, stories and artistic contributions have inspired a number of the company’s works and enriched the broader arts landscape.

The Lawford family has long generational ties to this part of the Kimberley and are current owners of the pastoral lease for Bohemia Downs cattle station, allowing them the stability to continue to care for their Land, Culture and Community.

SandSong is a journey into ancient story systems framed against the backdrop of ever-changing government policy and of the survival of people determined to hold strong to their Culture.

SandSong is created by Bangarra Dance Theatre in consultation with Wangkatjungka/Walmajarri Elders from the Kimberley and Great Sandy Desert regions, drawing on the stories, knowledge and memories of the past to create a new narrative for our Indigenous futures.

This work honours the legacy of Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf and her family – past, present and future.

Dates & Times

Thursday 15 July 2021, 7.30pm

Friday 16 July 2021, 7.30pm

Saturday 17 July 2021,  1.30pm

Saturday 17 July 2021,  7.30pm

Credits

Choreographers Stephen Page and Frances Rings

Composer Steve Francis

Set Designer Jacob Nash

Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin

Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper

Lighting Realiser Chris Twyman

Cultural Consultants Putuparri Tom Lawford and Eva Nargoodah

Cultural Contributors Wangkatjungka and Walmajarri Elders

Take Part

Thursday 15 July 2021, 6.30pm
Pre-Show In Conversation with Artistic Director Stephen Page

Additional Information & Seating Map

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Our theatres will be operating with capacity limitations, but our regular seating configuration will be in place in the auditorium. You will be sitting next to other patrons, but please move through the foyers and open spaces with physical distancing considerations in mind.

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Details

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre & Bangarra Dance Theatre

CATEGORY:
Dance

DURATION:
TBC

WARNING:
This performance contains strobe lighting and fog/haze effects.

This production contains political and social themes, including aspects and depictions related to traumatic events suffered by First Nations Peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the performance contains images and voices of deceased persons.

SUIT CHILDREN?:
This performance is suitable for children.

VENUE:
Canberra Theatre
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