Bangarra Dance Company brings triple bill, OUR land people stories to the Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 12 to 20 August.
Featuring works by Artistic Director Stephen Page and a trio of Bangarra dancers. OUR land people stories premieres at the Sydney Opera House on 16 June before heading around the country on a national tour dedicated to the late David Page.
Stephen Page marks his 25th anniversary as Artistic Director of the company with his new work Nyapanyapa, inspired by the life story and paintings of internationally acclaimed visual artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu from North East Arnhem Land.
Page has long admired Nyapanyapa’s paintings and her latest series featuring dancing girls sparked the idea for this creative exchange. Composer Steve Francis, who has previously created scores for eight Bangarra productions, is collaborating with Stephen to create a vivid soundscape for this work.
Jasmin Sheppard’s Macq (first performed in 2013 during Dance Clan 3) is brought to the main stage, exploring the 1816 March of Macquarie on its 200th anniversary; a historical chapter that decimated Sydney’s Aboriginal community. Many landmarks in Australia are named after Lachlan Macquarie, but who was he is the question posed by Sheppard.
The music for Macq was composed by David Page in 2013, and was the last piece of music he worked on for the company before he passed away in April this year.
Beau Dean, Riley Smith and Daniel Riley create Miyagan (“our family”, pronounced Me-ya-gun), a poignant dance story mapping their cultural heritage from Wiradjuri country in New South Wales.
Tickets are on sale now via qpac.com.au or phone 136 246.
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