I.B.I.S (lore)

International Tour Program | 2018

  • Torres Strait Islands
  • Program, Resources

I.B.I.S is a story from Murray Island in the Torres Strait, a beautiful and isolated land 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.

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I.B.I.S stands for Island Board of Industry and Services, a little local store on a few of the islands. In this work, Choreographers Deborah Brown and Waangenga Blanco created a fictional I.B.I.S store where the people are modern day hunters and gatherers. They charted 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.