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At the heart of Bangarra’s work creation cycle is the honouring of connection to Country and to the People who are custodians of the stories that are so generously shared with our Company. SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert, currently in rehearsals at our new Walsh Bay studios, is our first mainstage work inspired by the Land and People of the Kimberley region, in northern Western Australia.

As part of our SandSong creation series, Stephen Page (Artistic Director) and Frances Rings (Associate Artistic Director) go on Country to learn the unique stories held by this Kimberleys region, which remain vibrant and unbroken despite decades of displacement and cultural disruption.

We’d like to thank the Wangkajunga/Walmajarri Elders and Cultural Consultants from the Kimberley and Great Sandy Desert regions who endorsed and gave permission for Bangarra to use elements of their cultural information for this new production. We also acknowledge the work of cultural consultants, Putuparri Tom Lawford and Eva Lawford (siblings to the late Ningali Lawford-Wolf) for their immense contributions to this development and Bangarra.

Watch Part One & Two of our SandSong: On Country Series below