India Tour: Spirit 2018

New Delhi, India 
Qutb Minar
25 October

Bangalore, India
Dr. B.R. Ambedkhar Bhavana
29 October

Mumbai, India
National Centre for the Performing Arts
1 November

  • 2018 International Tour - India

Credits

Choreography
  • Stephen Page
Traditional Choreography and Music
  • Djakapurra Munyarryun
Music
  • David Page and Steve Francis
Costumes
  • Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Design
  • Nick Schlieper, Karen Norris, Joseph Mercurio and Matt Cox

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 Fest program. 

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.


"Drawing from Bangarra’s 29-year history, Spirit weaves storytelling, dance and music into an inspirational theatrical experience. It explores the heart and strength of land formations, the nurturing of land as women hunt and gather nourishment; and the ritual of initiation and passing on of knowledge. It is a celebration of the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, embracing the diversity and inspiration that comes from our connection to Country and culture."

Stephen Page