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.
Bush is a lush and hypnotic celebration of dance, ritual and music. It’s inspiration comes from Stephen Page’s relationship over many years with Arnhem Land and his traditional mothers like Kathy Balngayngu Marika.
This production features the First Nations' language Yolngu Matha (Yirritja language group - 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)
- 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 - Metamorphosis, rejuvenation and the passing on of knowledge
- Life Cycle (Leaf/ Caterpillar/ Cocoon/Moth)
- Leaf (Man'tjarr)
- Caterpillar (Dapal)
- Moth (Dhumar)
- 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
- Wind (Traditional)
- Feather - Preparing the spirit and body for its journey into the next life cycle.
Ceremony - The cycle of rituals in the celebration of death and rebirth.
- The Gift
- Ceremony (Clan)
Duration: 78 Minutes