19 July, 2021
Bangarra Dance Theatre is delighted to offer Audio Described Performances during our premiere season of SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert at Arts Centre Melbourne, for people who are blind or visually impaired.
SandSong Melbourne: Audio Described Performance & Tactile Experience
Date: Saturday 4 September 2021
Duration: 80 mins (no interval)
Location: Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road
Accessibility: Further information about access at Arts Centre Melbourne can be read here.
Mode: The audio description service is a spoken word commentary in English language of the visual elements of the performance. Audio description is relayed via a free receiver, which you can collect from a special collection table in the foyer when you arrive at the theatre. We request that you arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the performance starts. Due to COVID-Safe regulations we ask that you bring your own set of ear phones (preferably ear buds).
2. Prior to the performance ticket holders (or carer companions) will receive, via email, a short recording plus written document describing sections that cannot be audio described during the performance due to cultural protocols and/or sections of loud music, vocals, or sound. Ticket holders will also be sent the program (PDF) and the SandSong study guide which will provide additional information.
3. When Audio Description ticket holders arrive at the theatre, they will receive a small ‘showbag’ of tactile elements that are used in the production. For example, costume fabrics and prop materials. (this is of course conditional on Covid-safe rules on the day)
4. At the conclusion of the performance Audio Description ticket holders and their accompanying audience member/s, are invited to stay in the theatre for a short chat with some of the artists and creative team.
Image is of four dancers. One woman in the centre surrounded by two other women and a man. They are positioned against a red stone-like back drop. Only their torsos are visible. They look into the distance to their left. The central woman wears a blue, orange and silver roughly woven bodice and head dress made of emu feathers with blue string like tendrils attached. The other two women wear a garment consisting of black, orange and blue strips of fabric. The man is bare chested. Glistening body paint adorns their arms and faces in random swipes of colour. The image reflects the heat of the sandy desert and the reflection of the Jila - the waterhole.
Pictured are dancers Bradley Smith, Nicola Sabatino, Lillian Banks and Rika Hamaguchi.
Photo: Daniel Boud