June 11, 2013

1. Bangarra Blak-Kaine Sultan Babij-Photo Greg Barrett

Australia’s premier national Indigenous performing arts company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, brought the audience to a standing ovation at the opening performance of Blak in the Drama Theatre at Sydney Opera House on Friday night.

The Governor of New South Wales, Professor Marie Bashir AC, CVO was in the audience along with Minister for the Arts, George Souris and Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Linda Burney.

Scar -male ensemble. Photographer Greg BarrettStephen Page, Bangarra’s Artistic Director, along with Choreographer/Dancer Daniel Riley McKinley have presented a physically dynamic work with a modern urban perspective that maintains the cultural integrity and spirit of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tradition, giving contemporary expressions to stories, that create a unique theatrical experience.

David Page’s soundscape, with the electronic mixes of Paul Mac, combined with the mood enhancing lighting of Matt Cox gives the performance its edginess.  Luke Ede’s costumes added to the urban feeling.

As this was my first visit to Bangarra Dance Theatre, I did not know what to expect.  The performance, with no interval to disrupt the mood, was exciting and vibrant, I really enjoyed it.  I am now a huge fan.

Blak is playing at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House until 22 June 2013.     Sandra Tiltman    PHOTOS:Greg Barrett.