Bangarra Dance Theatre's Kinship performers Waangenga Blanco mand Tara Robertson in Rockhampton. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Bangarra Dance Theatre's Kinship performers Waangenga Blanco mand Tara Robertson in Rockhampton. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Kinship of body and soul

KINSHIP is the name of the sold out show that Bangarra Dance Theatre is bringing to Lismore next week.

Bundjalung brothers David and Stephen Page are the heart and soul of Bangarra.

Brothers team up

Stephen is Bangarra's artistic director and David has been creating music for the troupe since its inception.

Stephen said the regional tour was an excellent opportunity to reach new audiences.

"This is a special time of year for us as we love going on the road and performing in regional arts centres," he said.

"Audiences are hungry for these experiences and are so receptive and enthusiastic.

"Kinship is a flagship Bangarra program, featuring Brolga and ID, two works which I choreographed at different points in my career."

Relationships on the land

In Brolga, part of the 2001 production Corroboree, Page explores the relationship between humans, creatures and the land, reflecting the intrinsic spirituality of the natural world.

The songs and dances tell the stories of ancient myths that connect to more than 40,000 years of Aboriginal life.

Brolga is inspired by totemic systems in Australian Aboriginal culture, where every person is assigned a creature totem related to their clan, handed down from generation to generation.

ID, first performed as part of Belong in 2011, investigates what it means to be an Australian Aboriginal in the 21st century, asking important questions of identity.

Tracing bloodlines

Based on personal observations of people tracing their bloodlines and reconnecting with traditional culture, ID provokes perceptions about kinship and belonging in contemporary society.

David said he was happy the show was coming to Bundjalung land, where he is working with Norpa to develop an original work of art.

Event

Appearing at Lismore City Hall, November 17 and 18. All shows now sold out.



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