Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Dark Emu

Thu 6th September, 2018 – Sat 15th September, 2018
Arts Centre Melbourne
Following its sold-out season of Bennelong, Bangarra draws inspiration from Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning 2014 book for a compelling new performance.

The acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre is gearing up to launch Dark Emu – an original series of dance stories based on the award-winning book by Aboriginal writer Bruce Pascoe – which aims to shatter illusions about First Nations.

Only four years after its publication, Dark Emu is one of the most important Australian books of the 21st century. In it, writer and historian Pascoe debunks the most persistent of colonial myths: that Indigenous Australians were hunter-gatherer nomads who moved across the land. Using records written by European invaders and recently uncovered archaeological evidence, Pascoe describes a new vision of Aboriginal people before colonisation: skilled and deliberate farmers who cultivated crops, built infrastructure and lived in permanent stone houses.

Bangarra Dance Theatre artistic director Stephen Page has crafted a new dance performance exploring the vital life force of native flora and fauna. Renowned Bangarra collaborators Steve Francis (music), Jacob Nash (sets) and Jennifer Irwin (costumes) bring their talents to the production, which features choreography by Page, Yolande Brown, Daniel Riley, and the dancers of Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia's leading performing arts companies, acclaimed nationally and around the world. Anyone who saw last year’s sold-out season of Bennelong will know Bangarra is on a roll. For those who didn’t, Dark Emu provides another chance to catch Australian arts culture at its most exciting.

Bangarra’s Dark Emu will tour nationally from June to September 2018, playing Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne. Book tickets.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Bangarra.