Quietly political and evocative, Corroboree strives to bring attention to the origins of life. Corroboree takes a journey through the songlines of three dreamings that are central to the lives of Indigenous people. To learn more about Corroboree please explore: Brolga, Roo and Turtle.
In Corroboree I wanted to explore the transformation of the human spirit, the relationship between Aboriginal people, creatures and the land and what it is that unifies us as one.
Corroboree is about challenging, awakening and cleansing the spirit.
I think the Olympics affected me a lot. Working with a thousand Indigenous people, all the elders trusting me to take their stories and put it on that ground, bringing black clans together, gathering in our own backyard. I think we, as a black nation, need to get together and work sacredly to develop a new language that speaks to the 980 different clans around the country. I believe that's what Bangarra is committed to doing - building a foundation, a strong spiritual philosophy that people can work from to tell whatever dreaming they want, in whatever medium.
The Bangarra family is always inspiring me, as well as my peers doing work in other mediums, like visual art, film and theatre that has a strong aboriginal consciousness. There's a good clan of us, we're the next elders - us mob that come together, we talk and inspire each other. It's a great medicine, as it has been for thousands of years.
There's a wonderful trust and exchange with the audience of a Bangarra performance. We guide you on a journey. It's a meeting of the urban social, traditional dreaming and pure abstract dance - that's why we can speak to all peoples. Passion, emotion and respect - this is what people have to have to survive, its got to be part of the human immune system. If you are honest to the process it will naturally attract those people who want to listen.
Corroboree is a conscious awakening of the spirit, it's challenging the political arena and it's about just being good young artists that take on the responsibilities and disciplines of maintaining this evolving storytelling. Bangarra is living the Dreaming; it's the Dreaming becoming in front of our eyes.
Stephen Page, 2001
Corroboree was performed as a one off 'Best of' Bangarra production for the 2001 USA Tour and the 2002 Monaco Tour.
2001 USA tour included the following sections (creatives as respective to sections): Awakening (Ochres, 1994), Hunting and Gathering (Skin, 2000), Dingo (Skin, 2000), Nesting (Skin, 2000) Cocoon (Fish, 1997), Toxic (Skin, 2000), Roo (Corroboree, 2001), White (Ochres, 1994).
2002 Monaco tour included the following sections (creatives as respective to sections): Hunting and Gathering (Skin, 2000), Black (Ochres, 1994), Toxic (Skin, 2000), Kangaroo (traditional), Cocoon (Fish, 1997), Bow and Arrow (traditional - Saibai Island), White (Ochres, 1994).
Duration: 70 Minutes (Excluding Interval)