Program Excerpt | 1996

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Alchemy is a metaphor for mankind's propensity to quest for gold, versus our need to respect the spiritual essence of nature.

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In 1996, Artistic Director Stephen Page was invited to create a work for The Australian Ballet, in collaboration with Bangarra Dancers. Alchemy is an exploration of four mineral substances, and the tensions resulting from their dual importance in Indigenous ritual and western industrialism.