Following last year’s critically acclaimed national tour of Belong, Bangarra Dance Theatre presents a new work TERRAIN – the wonder of Lake Eyre; by award winning Aboriginal choreographer Frances Rings. A powerful fusion of contemporary dance and storytelling, TERRAIN is commissioned by Bangarra’s artistic director Stephen Page.
Tickets are on sale today, Monday 27 February, for the premiere Sydney season of TERRAIN at the Opera House from Wednesday 18 July – Saturday 18 August.
Described as a hymn to country, TERRAIN is inspired by Lake Eyre, Australia’s inland sea and one of the few untouched natural waterways in the world. Beyond the ancient vastness, the audience will be transported through drought and deluge, witnessing the ephemeral transformation of place where nature delivers in abundance, promises all, but guarantees nothing.
TERRAIN reunites the powerhouse team of David Page (Helpmann award winning composer) and Jacob Nash (Greenroom award winning designer) following their collaboration for the award winning national tour of Belong last year. Together with the choreographic brilliance of fellow artist-in-residence Frances Rings, lighting designer Karen Norris and costume designer Jennifer Irwin, the team will present a powerful and evocative production inspired by Lake Eyre.
Frances Rings says “Landscape is an intrinsic part of our identity and who we are. Our second skin we carry with us. My stories are drawn from the country from which we come. The landscape can translate into many forms through, costume, movement and design. Through TERRAIN I hope to show audiences that our landscape is unique and powerful and that this is one of the last untouched Australian landscapes and needs to be honoured and protected."
Frances Rings presented her debut work, Rations, for Bangarra in 2002 to outstanding critical acclaim. She has since produced consistently dynamic and vibrant new works. TERRAIN marks Frances’ sixth choreographic work for the company, following the success of her work Artefact in 2010 (to be performed as a part of Bangarra’s 2012 Regional Tour of earth & sky). During 2010 Frances Rings received the prestigious Greenroom Betty Pounder Award for Choreography for Artefact. Frances’ success is a testament to Bangarra and Stephen Page’s commitment to nurturing a new generation of Indigenous storytellers.
This year, in addition to the national tour of TERRAIN, Frances will be traveling internationally to the Edinburgh Festival with Leigh Warren and Dancers and will also travel to the United Kingdom as a finalist of the British Council Accelerate Initiative to participate in tailored leadership and professional development.
Bangarra Dance Theatre is Australia’s premier national Indigenous performing arts company. Under the brilliant and inspirational artistic direction of Stephen Page, Bangarra has strived to maintain the cultural integrity and spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tradition, combining it with contemporary expressions of stories, dance and music. Bangarra creates dynamic, moving theatrical experiences, and delivers these experiences to audiences across Australia and around the world.
Tickets for the premiere Sydney season of TERRAIN are available from sydneyoperahouse.com now.
Artistic Director Stephen Page
Choreographer Frances Rings
Music Composer David Page
Set Designer Jacob Nash
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer Karen Norris
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera
Season: 18 July – 18 August 2012
Opening Night: Wednesday 18
Wednesday – Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm (no matinee Saturday 30 June)
Tickets: Premium – $85, Adult – $70, Concession – $50, Student – $25
Student Rush – 2 for $40 (Tuesday & Wednesday only. Available from 9am on day of performance)
Group (8 or more) – $60 per ticket, Family (2 adults, 2 children) $160
Bookings: sydneyoperahouse.com p 02 9250 7777
TERRAIN national tour dates
Arts Centre, Playhouse Melbourne: 29 June – 7 July
Sydney Opera House: 18 July – 18 August
IPAC, Wollongong: 24 – 25 August
Adelaide Festival Centre: 29 August – 1 September
Canberra Theatre Centre: 13 – 15 September
QPAC, Brisbane: 3 – 7 October