SandSong is the first Bangarra work inspired by the Land and People of the Kimberley and Great Sandy Desert regions in WA.
"New blood brings fresh life to familiar story... SandSong is a thoughtful and well-presented piece of storytelling." ★★★★½
Under the vast Kimberley sky, the red pindan dust stretches across the desert homelands of the Walmajarri, where the ancient knowledge of People and of Country is preserved through Songlines that have endured for hundreds of generations.
At the heart of this land is the Living Water - Jila – that resides in desert waterholes across the region and is the basis of cultural beliefs and practices. Sandsong tells the unique story of this Place and the survival of its People.
Between the 1920s and 1960s, Aboriginal people were removed off their Country and onto pastoral stations where they were forced into hard labour, usually for no wages and only minimal rations. Despite this displacement and cultural disruption, the Traditional People of the Western Desert have maintained unbroken connection to Land and Country - keeping songs, stories and kinship strong.
This is the Country of Wangkatjunga woman Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf (1967 – 2019), a close cultural collaborator of Bangarra whose spirit, stories and artistic contributions have inspired a number of the company’s works and enriched the broader arts landscape.
The Lawford family has long generational ties to this part of the Kimberley and are current owners of the pastoral lease for Bohemia Downs cattle station, allowing them the stability to continue to care for their Land, Culture and Community.
SandSong is a journey into ancient story systems framed against the backdrop of ever-changing government policy and of the survival of people determined to hold strong to their Culture.
“SandSong is a gift back to the people of the Kimberley who bore some of the darkest moments of our nation’s history, yet today stand strong, proud and resilient in their cultural governance, a testament to the survival of our First Nations Peoples across Australia,”
Stephen Page and Frances Rings
"SandSong is a profound experience, enlightening and moving "
"SandSong proves Bangarra is one of Australia’s best dance companies "
"You leave the performance knowing you’ve witnessed something deeply powerful and intimate. "
October - November 2022
Artistic Director Stephen Page
Associate Artistic Director Frances Rings
Choreographers Stephen Page, Frances Rings
Cultural Consultants Putuparri Tom Lawford, Eva Nargoodah, Wangkatjunga & Walmajarri Elders
Composer Steve Francis
Set Designer Jacob Nash
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
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Bangarra Dance Theatre
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Arts on Tour
If you are interested in touring get in contact!
Arts on Tour
02 8038 1880
Arts on Tour is based in Redfern NSW and we respectfully acknowledge the Gadigal people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the unceded land on which we work.
As we tour artists and productions across these vast lands, we pay our respect to all First Nations Elders, past, present and future.
We celebrate their continuing connection and contribution to culture, country and community, and thank all First Nations peoples for their wisdom in caring for the land, the sky, the rivers and the sea.