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Bangarra’s award-winning work Terrain, choreographed by Artistic Director designate Frances Rings, returns for a 10th anniversary tour of Australia. The nine-part performance transports audiences to Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre) in South Australia, our largest salt lake, using the body to evoke the landscape and the spirt of the place, and explore the connection between Aboriginal people and Country.
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Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of iconic work Terrain in Sydney from 11-25 June 2022. 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 Awardsincluding 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 – how our land looks after us, how we connect with its spirit, and how we regard its future.
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.