From the last breath of sunset to the first finger-light of dawn, the audience enters a mysterious and secret space – reptilian creatures slither from dark caves, a moth emerges from its cocoon, the land erupts pushing up mountains and carving waterholes – the world is being born.
This production features the First Nations language Yolngu Matha (Yirritja) (North East Arnhem Land).
Sections of Bush
Creation (Wirrkul Manda) - "They sang the songs and danced over the land ... Created all living things" (Two Sisters, Wirrkul Manda)
Goanna (Djanda) - Each goanna (male totem) is given his sense of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch.
Slither - Every one hundred years a sacred creature emerges from its journey through the Earth. The women are chosen as keepers of the knowledge.
Life Cycle: Leaf (Man'tjarr), Caterpillar (Dapal), Moth (Dhumar) - Metamorphosis, rejuvenation and the passing on of knowledge.
Stick (Nanook) - Nganuk or Mimi spirits appear as spiritual messengers - they can come as good or bad signs.
Bush Pearl - A celebration of female sensuality
Feather (But'tju) - Preparing the spirit and body for its journey into the next life cycle.
Ceremony: Water (Gapu), Passing, Gift, Clan - The cycle of rituals in the celebration of death and rebirth.
Duration: 80 minutes
Bush premiered in 2003.