Bangarra dance group gifted an evocative and stirring performance under the stars in front of an appreciative outback gathering. Tribal, contemporary and modern movements, the carried the narrative poetically through stages of the indigenous land struggle with the British Colonists. The timeless journey of the artesian waters across the continent to arrive home to Lake Eyre – a fitting metaphor to the ongoing land rights movement.
Echoing the ancient wisdom of the elders the urban dancers connect to the timeless nature of the landscape, as choreographer Frances Rings describes:
The land defines who we are, the way we live, whether we are sat water, fresh water, desert, or island people. It is these ties to Country that have made us resilient, allowing us to see beyond the injustice and adversity.
As the sun set and the stars prepared to glisten Arubunna Elder Reg Dodd warmed up the crowd with a few of his classic country numbers. The dancers then took us on a journey through time and landscape – RED BRICK – SHIELDS – REBORN – SPINIFEX – SALT – SCAR – LANDFORM – REFLECT – DELUGE.