Available worldwide from 21st Oct to 4th Nov 2023.
Bangarra Dance Theatre present the streaming premiere of Frances Rings’ first work as Artistic Director - the acclaimed 2023 production ‘Yuldea’, a ceremonial affirmation of history and heritage.
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.
Frances Rings’ first work as Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre is a ceremonial affirmation of history and heritage. Yuldea awakens the earth and sky worlds to tell the story of the Anangu 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 Anangu people to leave their desert homelands where they had lived for millennia.
Now memories lay scattered, like the Anangu people, displaced from their home. Remnants of colonial progress are swallowed by sand. But the Anangu 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 electronic pop 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.
MIRNING CULTURAL CONSULTANT
YALATA CULTURAL CONSULTANT
Representatives from the Yalata Anangu Aboriginal Community Council
AERIAL AND ACROBATIC CREATIVE CONSULTANT