• Torres Strait Islands

I.B.I.S is a story from the Torres Strait Islands, a beautiful and isolated collection of islands full of laughter and sunny smiles. This joyful work explores life on the islands: a place where, despite challenges of displacement and climate change, the culture remains strong and the people optimistic.



"I.B.I.S stands for Island Board of Industry and Services, a little local store on a few of the islands. In our work, we’ve created a fictional I.B.I.S store where the people are modern day hunters and gatherers.

It was Stephen who came to us with the initial concept for I.B.I.S – he posed the question to us: What would happen if we highlighted moments that you would see at the store? What happens at the store at night when this frozen aquarium of jellyfish, stingrays and crayfish comes to life? and that was our jumping off point for the work.

We’ve chartered the evolution of this small trading company to how it’s grown through the commitment and engagement of the Torres Strait people to make it the strong entity it is today. It’s this sense of community that flows through into the studio as we work with our fellow dancers, who are helping us shape our story."
- Deborah Brown & Waangenga Blanco, 2015

This production features the First Nations' languages Kala Lagaw Ya (Central and Western Torres Strait Islands) and Meriam Mer (Eastern Torres Strait Islands).

Sections of I.B.I.S

DEBE IDIM (Good Morning) - It’s morning on the island. The community begins to stir

  • Ni Ngoe Dhe Goiga (You are My Sunshine)
  • Gathering
  • Tup Song (Sardine Song)

WARU (Turtle) - It’s egg laying season. The men are called to gather their prized turtle eggs

  • Stalking
  • Turtle Egg
  • Neck Tie

FREEZER - Back in the store, what will we find in the freezer section?

  • Cool Down
  • Rising Water
  • Crayfish

DEBE KI (Good Night) - It’s closing time but the community still shines

  • Re-Gather
  • Company Rice
  • Lore
  • Ooura (Kir Kir Keber Dance)

Duration: 41 Minutes

I.B.I.S premiered in 2015 as part of the double bill Lore, which included Sheoak and I.B.I.S.





Premiere Season: National Tour | 2015
Lore: Sheoak Program 2015

Return to Country Tour | 2017

International Tour | 2018
I.B.I.S Program and Cast Sheet 2018

    • Saitama Arts Theater, Japan
      9 November - 10 November