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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 with featured songs by 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.
What people said about the show:
★★★★★ - “Yuldea is an embodiment of harmony between story, vision and being” Arts Hub
“Yuldea is so fresh and uninhibited it almost bursts off the stage” Sydney Morning Herald /The Age/Brisbane Times
"This powerful piece of theatre will move, astonish and enlighten" Time Out Sydney
Choreographer Frances Rings and the dancers of Bangarra Dance Theatre Set Designer Elizabeth Gadsby Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin Lighting Designer Karen Norris Composer Leon Rodgers Guest Composers Electric Fields Yalata Cultural Consultant Ms Smart (dec.)
Bangarra Dance Theatre in collaboration with presenters offer Audio Described (AD) performances to enable people with vision impairment or other sensory disabilities to experience the spirit of our stories and the emotion of their telling, as fully as possible. Physical, tactile and visual elements are described through a pre-recorded commentary that is woven into the music and sound of the production.
The audio description is spoken in English language and is relayed via a free receiver and headphones set which patrons collect from the foyer when they arrive at the theatre. We request that AD patrons arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the performance starts.
Prior to the performance, AD ticket holders (and/or carer companions) will receive, via email, a short recording plus written document describing sections of the production that cannot be described during the performance due to cultural protocols and/or sections of loud music, vocals, or sound.
If you would like to book an audio description pack, for yourself or someone in your group, please contact the Box Office on 6926 9688 or email@example.com.
Date & Time:
Wednesday 13 March, 7:30pm
Foyers, Box Office and Bar open one hour before the show starts.
1 hour (no interval)
Adult $70 Concession/Member $65 Group 4+ $65 Youth Under 25 $40 Child Under 15 $25 Adult Subscriber $65 Concession Subscriber $60 Youth Under 25 Subscriber $35 School group $29
First Nations Community Ticket $15 (limited availability – contact the Civic Theatre Box Office on 6926 9688 for more information). Community ticketing for Bangarra Dance Theatre performances is made possible through the generous support of The Balnaves Foundation
Please note that this production contains elevated sound levels, strobe, haze, smoke effects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences should be aware that this production contains voices of deceased persons.
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