Praying Mantis Dreaming
- 1992 National tour ACT, NSW, VIC, QLD
- 1993 National tour NSW, QLD, WA, NT
- Stephen Page
- David Page
- Jennifer Irwin
- Joe Hurst
- Jo Mercurio
Premiered in 1992 at Parade Theatre, Kensington
Praying Mantis Dreaming tells the story of a young Aboriginal girl on her journey from her traditional homelands to the city. The Spirit of the Praying Mantis Dreaming watches over both worlds, guiding and protecting the Aboriginals inhabitants, and encouraging the girl to seek her cultural heritage.
The first full length work created by Stephen Page for Bangarra Dance Theatre with original music composed by David Page, Praying Mantis Dreaming combined three distinctive and different styles of dance – traditional Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and contemporary dance.