Dark Emu

EORA - Dark Emu

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Bangarra Dance Theatre unveiled EORA Dark Emu, a large-scale projection designed especially for the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s Southern Pylon as part of Vivid Sydney 2018.

The captivating projection marries Aboriginal history, dance, art and architecture in a striking visual aesthetic as the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas celebrates its 10th anniversary year from 25 May to 16 June 2018.


Created by Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page and Head of Design Jacob Nash, the work features Bangarra dancers Tara Robertson, Yolanda Lowatta, Rika Hamaguchi, and Tyrel Dulvarie and shows the unbreakable connection between earth and sky.

The projection is inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book, Dark Emu, which explores the vital lifeforce of flora and fauna and challenges the ‘hunter-gatherer’ myth of pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians.

Bangarra Dance Theatre, Head of Design, Jacob Nash said: “EORA Dark Emu was created using abstract moving images of four dancers, evoking the Spirit Emu, who left the earth after its creation to reside as a dark shape in the Milky Way. The result is ethereal and unlike anything we’ve created before.”

The innovative artwork was made in collaboration with some of Sydney’s leading creatives, including award- winning Director of Photography Bonnie Elliott, film editor Simon Njoo, post-production team Experience The Pulse, and Bangarra composer Steve Francis.

EORA Dark Emu is the fifth in a series of EORA stories told by Bangarra as part of Vivid Sydney, following EORA Bennelong (2017), EORA The Land (2016), EORA The Fisherwoman (2015) and EORA The Spirit of Patyegarang (2014).