"Rings's choreography is some of the most detailed, original & challenging attempted by the co. in its 23-year history" The Australian, 2012
Internationally acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre
presents a fusion of contemporary dance and storytelling commissioned by artistic director Stephen Page
Described as a hymn to country, TERRAIN
transports us to Lake Eyre, the place of Australia's inland sea: one of the few untouched natural waterways in the world. Bangarra artists explore the innate connection of Indigenous people to country and how the landscape is a second skin.
The award-winning Aboriginal artists: choreographer Frances Rings
, composer David Page
and set designer Jacob Nash
create a powerful and evocative production inspired by the timeless beauty of Lake Eyre.
Beyond the ancient vastness we travel through drought and deluge, we witness the ephemeral transformation of place where nature delivers in abundance, promises all but guarantees nothing.
"A beautiful dance theatre exploration of spirituality, culture and the body". The Age
“a beautiful and vividly exquisite imagining from one of Australia's brightest stars in contemporary dance and culturally important artwork...” www.theatrepeople.com.au
Read the Dancers' Blog
TERRAIN on TV
Watch the segment on SBS's Living Black about Terrain and hear Frances talk about why this work is so significant.
Watch the segment from Terrain that Bangarra perfored as part of the Sydney media call, filmed by The Sydney Morning Herald.
PRESS REVIEWS OF TERRAIN
"The movement is complex and highly symbolic." Sydney Morning Herald
"Jennifer Irwin's costumes are masterful. Layers of textured fabric create iridescent shells, cut back to reveal the lines and muscles of the bodies." Sydney Morning Herald
"It is hard not to be inspired every time you have the pleasure of seeing these dancers tell their stories." Sydney Morning Herald
Read the full Sydney Morning Herald review
"If there was a single word to describe Bangarra's latest production, and Frances Rings' first full length commissioned work, it would have to be strength... This is a story told with passion and with pride." Australian Stage
"David Page's soundscape is particularly evocative." Australian Stage
Take a look at the image gallery The Age posted for Terrain.
For choreographer Frances Rings, Terrain is her sixth production with the company and her first full length work... "This is a creative piece informed by the relationships Indigenous people have with our country," explains Rings, "The land is the central focus and how we as custodians have a responsibility to take care of the land." With this work in development for nearly a year, Rings along with composer David Page and set Designer Jacob Nash have all spent time at Lake Eyre with Arabunna Elder Uncle Reg Dodd. Read the full article.
Watch Sydney Opera House's TERRAIN video
, which includes interviews with the choreographer, composer, set and costume designer.
Bangarra have provided Teachers' Notes
that have been designed to assist in preparation for classes attending Terrain
. We hope this resource will aid your students to further enjoy and enhance their performing arts experience back in the classroom.
QPAC and Bangarra Dance Theatre in association with Musgrave Park Cultural Centre