SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert
Bangarra Dance Theatre
Canberra Theatre Centre
15 Jul 2021 to 17 Jul 2021
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Premium Concession/ Groups 6+ $79.00
Premium Under 30 $69.00
A Reserve $79.00
A Reserve Concession/ Groups 6+ $69.00
A Reserve Under 30 $59.00
B Reserve $69.00
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Duration - 80 minutes, no interval
Strobe lighting effects used
Smoke effects used
Contains political and social themes, including aspects and depictions related to traumatic events suffered by First Nations Peoples. Contains images and voices of deceased persons.

Tour Dates and Locations
15 Jul 202117 Jul 2021Canberra Theatre Centre
Tickets & Sessions: From $59.00 ...more
30 Jun 202223 Jul 2022Sydney Opera House - Drama Theatre
Tickets & Sessions: $49 - $109 ...more
24 Aug 20223 Sep 2022Arts Centre Melbourne - Playhouse
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9 Sep 202210 Sep 2022Ulumbarra Theatre
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25 Nov 202226 Nov 2022Darwin Entertainment Centre - The Playhouse
Tickets & Sessions: $25.00 - $69.00 ...more

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Bangarra Dance Theatre presents SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert

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 Wangkatjungka 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 created by Bangarra Dance Theatre in consultation with Wangkajunga and Walmajarri Elders from the Kimberley and Great Sandy Desert regions, drawing on the stories, knowledge and memories of the past to create a new narrative for our Indigenous futures.

This work honours the legacy of Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf and her family – past, present and future.



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