EORA | Vivid Sydney

  • Sydney
  • Stories, Songs & Language, Highlights, Concept

As Bangarra Dance Theatre celebrated 25 years, the company created a first ever Indigenous contribution to Vivid Lighting 2014 with the spectacular large scale projection on the southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, EORA.

Page says the work was created in celebration and continuation of Eora knowledge. Following the re-awakening of Patyegarang last year with our first video projection on the pylon, we wanted to reclaim this significant place that is Dawes Point by continuing the sharing and celebration of the Eora, said Page. We invite people to cast their mind back to just a few hundreds years ago and re-imagine the place we live on today. We look forward to many more years of celebration of our culture.

As the sun sets in Sydney and the city lights up for Vivid Sydney, the southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge featured a spectacular projection of contemporary dance and Eora history, thanks to a partnership between Bangarra Dance Theatre and the University of Sydney.

EORA is a three minute video starring Bangarra dancers Kaine Sultan-Babij and Nicola Sabatino in a piece created by Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page and Head of Design Jacob Nash. This was a chance for Sydneysiders and visitors to discover Sydney’s Aboriginal history through contemporary dance and language.

For tens of thousands of years, the Eora people have been custodians of this land, which we now call Sydney. This piece transports the viewer back in time to re-imagine the harbour and the great Eora fisherwomen who dedicated their lives to provide for their families. Together Bangarra and the University of Sydney acknowledge the custodians of this place.

EORA was visible from 6pm - midnight nightly for the duration of Vivid Sydney, 2015. Vivid is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, owned and managed by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.

    • Grip
      David Litchfield
    • Gaffer/Lighting Assistant
      Ting Adisung
    • Lighting & Rigging
      Andrew Hutchinson
    • Production support
      Darcy Anderson
    • Bangarra Digital Team
      Tiffany Parker
    • Manager, Marketing & Communications
      Nathalie Vallejo