Yuldea
Bangarra Dance Theatre presents
Yuldea

22 Feb 2024 to 24 Feb 2024

Yuldea 

We are memory. 

Glimpsed through shimmering light on water.

A story place where black oaks stand watch.

Carved into trees and painted on rocks.

North – South – East – West.

A brittle landscape of life and loss.

 

At Yuldea, stories hover in the sky. The stars reveal a divine Songline, stretching between earth and sky. 

From the incomparable storytellers of Bangarra Dance Theatre comes a major new work.  

Frances Rings’ first work as Artistic Director is a ceremonial affirmation of history and heritage. Yuldea awakens the earth and sky worlds to tell the story of the Aṉangu people of the Great Victorian Desert. 

Yuldea explores the moment traditional life collided with the industrial ambition of a growing nation. In 1917, the two halves of the Transcontinental Railway met at the precious water soak on the edge of the Nullarbor, Yuldi Kapi. 

Great metal serpents scarred the landscape, draining all water from the sacred soak. Then came the black mist of the atomic testing at Maralinga, forcing the Aṉangu people to leave their desert homelands where they had lived for millennia.

Now memories lay scattered, like the Aṉangu people, displaced from their home. Remnants of colonial progress are swallowed by sand. But the Aṉangu endure, determined to keep strong their knowledge systems of land and sky, honouring their eternal bonds of kinship between people and place.

Yuldea features original music by Leon Rodgers and guest composers, multi-award-winning duo, Electric Fields (Zaachariaha Fielding and Michael Ross). Designers Elizabeth Gadsby (Set), Jennifer Irwin (Costume) and Karen Norris (Lighting) create a desert world on stage. 

 

Arts Hub | ★★★★★ - “Yuldea is an embodiment of harmony between story, vision and being”

Sydney Morning Herald /The Age/Brisbane Times | “Yuldea is so fresh and uninhibited it almost bursts off the stage”

Time Out Sydney | "This powerful piece of theatre will move, astonish and enlighten"

Limelight | “Yuldea is a powerful work, confirming Bangarra is in good hands with Rings as Artistic Director”

Broadway World | “A sublime, magnificent and engaging production”

Dance Australia | "There is no doubt Bangarra Dance Theatre is on the right track – continuing to produce works that inform and enchant their audiences"

Aboriginal Art Directory | “Rings proves herself a master of dynamic, eye-catching choreography” 

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