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SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert — Bangarra Dance Theatre

Set in Walmajarri Country, this powerful performance explores the displacement and survival of First Nations people.
By Courtney Ammenhauser
August 15, 2022
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By Courtney Ammenhauser
August 15, 2022
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This winter, Bangarra Dance Theatre is returning to the stage with its striking work SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert, off the back of a popular second run in Sydney. Debuted last year, it marks the company's first new production since Australia's pandemic closures, now hitting Arts Centre Melbourne from Wednesday, August 24–Saturday, September 3.

Set in Walmajarri Country, which spans the Great Sandy Desert and Kimberley regions of Western Australia, this powerful performance explores the displacement and survival of First Nations people in this part of Australia, particularly between the 1920–1960s. It draws on compelling stories of the past, while looking towards a new Indigenous future.

Artistic Director Stephen Page and Associate Artistic Director Frances Rings have choreographed this breathtaking work in consultation with Wangkajunga and Walmajarri Elders, reaffirming Bangarra's position as the leading performing arts company for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Following the show's Melbourne run, it'll head to Bendigo's Ulumbarra Theatre, before setting off on a monthlong regional Australia tour.

Images: Daniel Boud

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