Next big project is about death, family and community
THE latest announcement of the three-year Arts NSW funding for Norpa means the professional arts organisation can continue bringing shows like Bangarra Dance Theatre's Kinship to the area, but also produce original works like Three Brothers and Dreamer.
Set to premiere in 2017, Bundjalung Nghari / Three Brothers is based on the Bundjalung dreamtime story of the creation of the universe, according to David Page.
"(Sydney Opera House and Boomerang Festival director) Rhoda Roberts, who is a formidable Bundjalung woman, wanted to do a story from that area," he said. "The story came about when Norpa's artistic director Julian Louis and Rhoda asked me to be part of a new project.
"I suggested to them to take their time with this and not to rush it, so it went into development in 2014.
"You want to put a show together that is true to the community and where it is from, and that's what we are doing with Three Brothers."
Other creatives that are part of the project are curator and writer Djon Mundine (Bundjalung), author Melissa Lucashenko (Bundjalung) and Bangarra choreographer and dancer Frances Rings (Kokatha).
The work is also devised and developed with Billy McPherson, Thomas E. S. Kelly, Damion Hunter and Kirk Page.
David said Three Brothers revolves around the notions of death, family and community.
"It will touch on the struggles of contemporary life, healing old wounds and addressing the truth."
Norpa has been invited to showcase the work in its development stage at the Australian Performing Art Market, Brisbane, in February.
This is where new Australian works are showcased to producers and venue representatives from around the world for potential bookings.
Bundjalung Nghari/Three Brothers is supported by Arts NSW, REgional Arts NSW, the Northern Rivers Conservatorium and Bundjalung Elders Council.