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Wudjang: Not the Past presented by Bangarra Dance Theatre
Wudjang: Not the Past presented by Bangarra Dance Theatre
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Wudjang: Not the Past presented by Bangarra Dance Theatre

Walsh Bay, NSW
A world premiere of epic-scale by Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company, in association with Sydney Festival.
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About Wudjang: Not the Past presented by Bangarra Dance Theatre

Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company, in association with Sydney Festival, reveal a world premiere of epic-scale contemporary work Wudjang: Not the Past

In the deep darkness just before dawn, workmen find bones while excavating for a dam. Among them is a Yugambeh man, Bilin, who convinces his colleagues to let him keep the ancestral bones. This ancestor is Wudjang, who longs to be reburied the proper way. With her young companion spirit, Gurai, she dances and teaches and sings of the past, of the earth, of songlines. With grace and authentic power, a new generation is taught how to listen, learn and carry their ancestral energy into the future. Wudjang: Not the Past follows the journey to honour Wudjang with a traditional resting place on Country.

This new work brings together 17 dancers, four musicians and five actors for Bangarra's largest stage production to date.

Directed and choreographed by Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page and co-written with award-winning playwright Alana Valentine (Bangarra’s Bennelong, Barbara and the Camp Dogs), Wudjang: Not the Past is deeply rooted in Page’s own Yugambeh Country, in a story with branches spreading across our continent’s past and troubled present.

Combining poetry, spoken storytelling and live music with our unique dance language, this profoundly evocative piece of First Nations performance promises to be a benchmark Australian production.

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Please note
Recommended ages 12+. This production contains political and social themes, including aspects and depictions related to traumatic events suffered by First Nations Peoples.

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“How is culture and knowledge being passed on from generation to generation? How are today’s young people from assimilated communities living with or without ceremonial knowledge? There’s a large conversation right now about sharing knowledge among First Nation’s People, a continual conversation going on in our back yard. Wudjang: Not the Past is about reclaiming our stories and carrying the Wudjang spirit forward for the next generation.” Bangarra Artistic Director, Stephen Page

DIRECTOR: Stephen Page

CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Page, Bangarra Dancers

WRITERS: Stephen Page, Alana Valentine

COMPOSER: Steve Francis

DANCERS: Beau Dean Riley Smith, Rikki Mason, Rika Hamaguchi, Glory Tuohy-Daniell, Baden Hitchcock, Ryan Pearson, Lillian Banks, Bradley Smith, Courtney Radford, Kassidy Waters, Kalum Goolagong, Gusta Mara, Kiarn Doyle, Maddison Paluch, Daniel Mateo, Emily Flannery

CAST: Elaine Crombie, Jess Hitchcock, Trevor Jamieson, Elma Kris, Justin Smith

MUSICIANS: Brendon Boney, Amaru Derwent, Tessa Nuku, Véronique Serret

Start date

January 13th, 2022

End date

February 12th, 2022

Genre

Dance, Theatre

Venue

Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay

A world premiere of epic-scale by Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company, in association with Sydney Festival.

From $85
Prices you'll brag about

We're your one-stop shop for everything theatre. We work with theatre partners from around the world to bring you unbeatable prices for must-see shows.

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