Bangarra Dance Theatre


Choreographed by Frances Rings

A hymn to country through contemporary dance.

Choreographed by Frances Rings, Terrain transports us to Lake Eyre, the place of Australia’s inland sea: one of the few untouched natural waterways in the world. Premiering in 2012, Terrain received two Helpmann Awards for Best Ballet/Dance Work and Best Female Dancer in a Dance of Physical Theatre Work for dancer Deborah Brown. This tour to Victoria and Tasmania is the fourth tour of the much-loved Bangarra work.

Production photography by Greg Barrett

Award-winning Aboriginal artists – choreographer Frances Rings, composer David Page and set designer Jacob Nash – have created a powerful and evocative production inspired by the timeless beauty of Lake Eyre. A powerful fusion of contemporary dance and storytelling, Terrain takes the audience on a journey through drought and deluge where nature delivers in abundance, promises all but guarantees nothing.

Following its premiere in 2012, Terrain reopened in 2016 to 5 star reviews and toured to regional Western Australia and South Australia. In 2017 Arts on Tour brings this celebrated work to regional audiences in Victoria and Tasmania, exploring the relationship of Indigenous people to Country and how landscape becomes a second skin.

Bangarra is one of Australia’s leading performing arts organisations with a unique dance technique forged from over 40,000 years of culture, infused with contemporary movement. Witness the power of its dance ensemble in this spectacular and meaningful work.

Frances Rings’s choreography is as rich as her concept [...] some of the most detailed, original and challenging dance attempted by Bangarra in its history


Landscape is at the core of our existence and is a fundamental connection between us and the natural world. The power of that connection is immeasurable. It cleanses, it heals, it awakens and it renews. It gives us perspective. It reminds us of something beyond ourselves and it frees us. But more importantly when we are surrounded by nature we begin to understand our place and how we are a very, very small part of a much larger, much bigger picture. … Terrain is where spirit and place meet.


Her Majesty's Theatre, Ballarat, 11 Feb
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, 15 Feb
Mildura Arts Centre, 18 February

Theatre Royal, Hobart 23-25 Feb
Geelong PAC, 2-4 March
Westside PAC, 8 March

Previous Tour

February to March, 2017


Artistic Director Stephen Page
Choreography Frances Rings
Music David Page
Set Design Jacob Nash
Costume Design Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Design Karen Norris

If you are interested in touring get in contact!

Arts on Tour
02 8038 1880