8 June, 2021
Creative and cultural residencies in remote communities across Australia are an essential component of the Bangarra experience: for the development of our artists and for our audiences.
Our loyal supporters enable Bangarra to strengthen traditional bonds with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, to innovate artistically through contemporary storytelling and to share these stories with audiences in our capital cities and in regional and remote Australia.
Each of Bangarra’s productions is created from the stories and knowledge of the land and its people. Spending time on Country with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and members of the community allows a process of deep immersion for our artists to establish and maintain respectful connections with the cultural traditions that shape these stories.
To complete the Cultural Creative Cycle we pay respect and acknowledge this incredible gift of knowledge when we Return to Country – performing for the community and delivering workshops with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
We share in the video above our experience of being on Country and explain why this step in our Cultural Creative Cycle is vital to the creative process and the dancer’s connection to the stories they are entrusted with on stage.
Whilst these visits to community have a significant cost associated with them, it is essential to the development of new work. When you donate to Bangarra you make it possible for us to take these stories to audiences nationally and regionally across the country - sharing this knowledge, language and culture with all.
If you are in a position to do so, we kindly ask you to help us to continue our work on and off the stage by making a tax-deductible end of financial year donation.
Photo: Daniel Boud