Dutch audiences will experience an outstanding performance of Indigenous contemporary dance theatre as well as have the opportunity to participate in two workshops presented by the dancers of Bangarra Dance Theatre.
Prior to the festival opening, Bangarra dancers Deborah Brown and Leonard Mickelo will perform the short work Moth in the Festival Gala on 25 January 2014. The full company will then perform Kinship on 14 & 15 February as part of the festival program.
‘The company was very pleased to receive an invitation for Bangarra to perform at the prestigious Holland Dance Festival,” says Bangarra’s Executive Director Catherine Baldwin.
“We are excited about bringing a truly Australian Indigenous theatrical experience to such a diverse new audience, alongside the world’s most exciting dance companies.”
Kinship brings together two of Bangarra’s most loved dance works in a breathtaking theatrical experience by award-winning choreographer Stephen Page. The first section will feature Brolga, originally presented as part of the iconic Bangarra production Corroboree. The second work will be ID, originally performed in the acclaimed production, Belong.
Brolga is a creation story inspired by the totemic systems in Australian Aboriginal culture, where every person is assigned a totem related to their clan.
Set in North East Arnhem Land, a young girl ventures out before sunset and finds herself on a brolga feeding ground. As she is challenged by her totemic temptation, she takes us on a journey of exploring relationships between humans and creatures, reflecting on the intrinsic spirituality of the natural world.
ID investigates what it means to be Aboriginal in the 21st century, asking important questions of identity. In a series of dramatic and humorous observations, Stephen Page contemplates human nature in modern society where skin colour can drive perceptions rather than embracing differences.
This bold dance theatre work celebrates the resilience of Australian Aboriginal culture in both its traditional and contemporary forms.
Performing as part of the dance ensemble is Bangarra’s artist in residence and respected elder from Yirrkala, North East Arnhem Land, Kathy Balngayngu Marika. Kathy’s traditional knowledge and spirit is at the heart of Bangarra, informing the skills, culture, language, music and storytelling that come together to create the company’s distinctive work.
Holland Dance Festival, the most important dance festival of the Netherlands, will once again form the jewel in the crown of dance city The Hague, from 25 January to 16 February 2014. In its fourteenth edition, the festival is presenting dance from the Netherlands and abroad. For three whole weeks, Holland Dance Festival will let audiences experience the great diversity of dance.
“We are so excited that Holland Dance Festival is presenting Bangarra Dance Theatre for the first time in the dancing capital of The Netherlands, The Hague,” says Artistic Director of the Festival Samuel Wuersten.
Bangarra Dance Theatre creates a truly Australian theatrical experience that connects the spirit of traditional culture with our contemporary lives, creating inspiring dance theatre productions of integrity and excellence that resonate with people throughout Australia and the world.
For more information, visit: www.bangarra.com.au for details.
Image: Kinship – photo by Greg Barrett