Internationally recognized the Bangarra Dance Theatre, for its distinctive dance performances that reflects many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures, is to perform in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on this upcoming weekend.
The Bangarra Dance Theatre will stage the compilation of recent works themed "Spirit" that has been commissioned by the Mongolian Arts Council in collaboration with sponsorship partner Rio Tinto; besides will have a nine-day tour in Mongolia.
The tour will continue in Umnugovi Aimag
, Mongolia, as the Rio Tinto prepares to launch its Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper mine from September 24-27, 2012.
Fourteen artists from the Bangarra Dance Theatre a Sydney-based company, many of whose recent dance works reference the effects of mining on traditional Aboriginal land, will also hold workshops with local groups and colleges, and embark on a three-day trip into the desert to speak to locals about their culture and exchange ideas.
Bangarra's executive director Ms. Catherine Baldwin said the visit was a watershed for the company.
"This is the first time an Australian company has toured Mongolia, and we are very pleased to have been chosen as representatives of Australia's arts community," she said.
"Even though it's a developing country, there's an active performing arts scene in Mongolia and the company is excited to see what it looks like. There will be some great cultural exchange."
Showcasing the best of Bangarra’s internationally acclaimed repertoire, the majority of Spirit features highlights from the company’s sell-out production Bush, as well as treasured moments from Bangarra’s repertoire.
Set to a beautiful and haunting score composed by David Page and Steve Francis, "Spirit" is a lush and contemporary celebration of beauty, ritual and music. From the last breath of sunset to the first finger-light of dawn, the audience enters a mysterious and secret space to witness nature’s sacred poetry.
Featuring Kathy Balngayngu Marika, a traditional elder from North East Arnhem, "Spirit" weaves storytelling, dance, theatre and music into an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Choreography: Stephen Page, Frances Rings, Bernadette Walong-Sene
Music: David Page & Steve Francis
Set Design: Peter England
Lighting Design: Nick Schlieper
Costume Design: Jennifer Irwin