Bangarra’s “Terrain” Returns for 10th Anniversary Tour
In 2022, Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of iconic work Terrain with a special tour to Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. This is a rare opportunity to see the multi-award winning work re-staged: an insight into a world where the connection to land is ever present and ever powerful.
Terrain was the remarkable first full-length commission choreographed by Bangarra’s Associate Artistic Director, Frances Rings. After its acclaimed world premiere season, it went on to win two Helpmann Awards including Best Ballet/Dance Work, and was also selected as a text for the HSC Dance curriculum as a defining piece of Australian choreography.
Terrain explores the timeless wonder of Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre) in South Australia, Australia’s largest salt lake and one of the few untouched natural waterways in the world. Created in consultation with Arabunna Elder, Reginald Dodd, it explores the fundamental connection between people and land.
A breathtaking nine-part performance, Terrain is an homage to Country, inspired by the power of natural forces and the vulnerability of ecosystems within a landscape that has existed across millennia. As the power of body and land converge, spirit and place meet to connect us with our ancestral past, and empower and inform our contemporary lives.
Bangarra Associate Artistic Director, Frances Rings, said: “I am excited and thrilled to return a new season of Terrain to our audiences. The inspiration for Terrain is as enduring today as it was when it was created 10 years ago. I look forward to staging Terrain on a new generation of young artists and share the rich Cultural and geographical wonder that is Kati Thanda.”
Terrain showcases outstanding Australian creative talent, featuring David Page’s irrepressible score. The textures of Kati Thanda take shape in Jacob Nash’s sets, Jennifer Irwin’s costumes and lighting by Karen Norris, with Cultural Consultant, Arabunna Elder Reginald Dodd, sharing with Bangarra his role and responsibility in caring for the land, waters and precious cultural resources of the region.
Also in 2022, Bangarra will tour critically acclaimed production, SandSong: Stories of the Great Sandy Desert to audiences across Australia from June to November.
Bangarra will perform Terrain in Sydney from June 9-25, in Canberra from July 28-30, and in Queensland from August 4-13. Tickets begin at $49 and are available at https://www.bangarra.com.au/