Kinship

Choreography:

Stephen Page (Brolga and ID)

Artistic Director:

Stephen Page

Premiered in 2013 at Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Rekindling the Aboriginal culture of Australia, internationally acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre presented an original and breathtaking theatrical experience: Kinship by award-winning choreographer Stephen Page.

Kinship opens with Brolga, a creation story inspired by the totemic systems in Australian Aboriginal culture, where every person is assigned a totem related to their clan. Set in North East Arnhem Land, a young girl ventures out before sunset and finds herself on a brolga (large birds) feeding ground. She takes us on a journey of exploring relationships between humans and creatures, reflecting on the intrinsic spirituality of the natural world.

The program continues with ID, investigating what it means to be Aboriginal in the 21st century. In a series of dramatic and humorous observations, Page contemplates human nature in modern society where skin colour can drive perceptions rather than embracing differences.

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Cleansing and empowering, celebrating the continuation of Aboriginal culture through countless generations

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Credits

Brolga Choreography
  • Stephen Page
Brolga Music
  • David Page & Steve Francis
Brolga Costume Design
  • Jennifer Irwin
Brolga Nesting Kulum Design
  • Peter England
Brolga Original Lighting Design
  • Joe Mercurio
Brolga Original Set Design
  • John Matkovic & Stephen Page
Brolga Cultural Advisors
  • Djakapurra Munyarryun & Kathy Balngayngu Marika
ID Choreography
  • Stephen Page
ID Music
  • David Page
ID Set Design
  • Jacob Nash
ID Lighting Design
  • Matt Cox
ID Costume Design
  • Emma Howell
ID Cultural Advisors
  • Djakapurra Munyarryun & Kathy Balngayngu Marika

Touring Info

  • 2015 Regional tour, QLD, NSW
  • 2014 International tour, Netherlands (a part of Holland Dance Festival)
  • 2014 Regional tour, SA, NT, QLD
  • 2013 Regional tour, VIC, TAS