Bush

Choreography:

Stephen Page and Frances Rings

Artistic Director:

Stephen Page

Premiered in 2003 at QPAC Playhouse

Stephen Page‘s spellbinding work Bush is inspired by the Dreamtime creation stories of Arnhem Land.

From the last breath of sunset to the first finger-light of dawn, the audience enters a mysterious and secret space – reptilian creatures slither from dark caves, a moth emerges from its cocoon, the land erupts pushing up mountains and carving waterholes – the world is being born.

Bush is a lush and hypnotic celebration of dance, ritual and music. It’s inspiration comes from Stephen Page’s relationship over many years with Arnhem Land and his traditional mothers like Kathy Balngayngu Marika.

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Bush is Bangarra at its finest, never a reproduction of authentic rituals, but always a contemporary commentary on the living traditions and beliefs of the Aborigines.”

The New York Times


Credits

Choreography
  • Stephen Page and Frances Rings
Music
  • David Page and Steve Francis
Set Design
  • Peter England
Costume Design
  • Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer
  • Nick Schlieper
Guest Performer and Cultural Consultant
  • Kathy Balgayngu Marika

Touring Info

  • 2006 International tour, United Kingdom
  • 2005 International tour Japan, New Zealand
  • 2004 International tour, Washington, Honolulu, Kamuela, Maui, Raleigh, Hampton, New York
  • 2003 National Tour VIC, NSW, QLD

Awards

Best Dance Work, Helpmann Award, 2004
  • Bangarra Dance Theatre
Best Lighting Design, Helpmann Award, 2004
  • Nick Schlieper

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