New Delhi, India
Dr. B.R. Ambedkhar Bhavana
National Centre for the Performing Arts
- 2018 International Tour - India
In our second visit to India, we present Spirit 2018, showcasing the best of Bangarra’s 29-year repertoire in a powerful celebration of culture. Th company will present performances in Bangalore and Mumbai as well as a major free outdoor performance at the Qutb Minar in New Delhi, as part of the Australian Government's Australia Festprogram.
With contemporary movement forged from 65,000 years of culture, Bangarra is an unforgettable dance experience. Spirit 2018 is a powerful collection of dance stories by Artistic Director Stephen Page, drawn from the company’s 29-year history.
Set to a beautiful and haunting score composed by David Page and Steve Francis, Spirit 2018 takes audiences into a mysterious and secret space to witness nature’s sacred poetry. With stories and songlines drawn from all over Australia, it celebrates the spirit of the dingo, the ephemeral life of the moth, and throughout, Indigenous peoples’ unbroken connection to the land.
In a series of shifting incarnations, Spirit has been performed to audience and critical acclaim in Copenhagen, Bonn, New York, Vietnam, Mongolia and China. This is a true celebration of Australia’s rich culture and history, fused with outstanding dance technique.
Further to these performances, the company will split into three groups to simultaneously travel across India to undertake a variety of regional community engagement opportunities and share our knowledge and stories with a range of Indigenous groups. Bangarra will travel to Purulia, home of the Chhau mask dance, Bhopal, the site of the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (National Museum of Humankind), and Aizawl in Northeast India to learn and experience a variety of traditional dances in a series of artistic collaborations with these communities.
Bangarra’s performances in India and community engagement activity across the country is made possible because of the generous support of the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Communications and the Arts.