Kinship, Greg Barrett, 5925

Australia’s leading Indigenous performing arts company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, which creates a truly Australian theatrical experience that connects the spirit of traditional culture with contemporary lives, will be performing at the 2014 Holland Dance Festival in the Netherlands from 25 January to 16 February.

Artistic Director of the Festival, Samuel Wuersten, said “We are so excited that Holland Dance Festival is presenting Bangarra Dance Theatre for the first time in the dancing capital of The Netherlands, The Hague”.

Dutch audiences will not only experience an outstanding performance of contemporary dance theatre but also have the opportunity to participate in two workshops presented by the dancers of Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Prior to the Festival opening, Bangarra dancers Deborah Brown and Leonard Mickelo will perform the short work “Moth” in the Festival Gala on 25 January. The full company will then perform “Kinship” on 14 & 15 February as part of the Festival program.

“Kinship” brings together two of Bangarra’s most loved dance works in a theatrical experience by award winning choreographer Stephen Page. The first section features “Brolga”, a creation story inspired by the totemic systems in Australian Aboriginal culture, where every person is assigned a totem related to their clan.  “Brolga” was originally presented as part of the Bangarra production “Corroboree”. The second work “ID” investigates what it means to be Aboriginal in the 21st century and was originally performed in the acclaimed production “Belong”.

Bangarra’s Executive Director, Catherine Baldwin said “The Company was very pleased to receive an invitation for Bangarra to perform at the prestigious Holland Dance Festival. We are excited about bringing a truly Australian Indigenous theatrical experience to such a diverse new audience, alongside the world’s most exciting dance companies”.

Sandra Tiltman 

Picture Credit: Greg Barrett

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