Macq (OUR land people stories)

Emblems and earth: grafting cultural values to the fabric: Macq

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  • Costumes, Highlights, Behind the Scenes

The Costumes

Viewed from out in the audience, the finer details within the costumes add volumes to a production. These details are important for a number of reasons. They often affect the way a costume responds to the dancers movement - quality of flow, weightiness, stiffness - which in turn impacts upon the story-telling. They also have an interplay with the lighting. The earth soaked skirts from Macq included within this image gallery speak of not only a weighted grief but of connection to country and return to earth. The blood of the massacred drenches the earth and the stained soil is drawn into the dancers physicality. The details within the Jacket worn by Bangarra Dance Artist Daniel Riley speak of societal values and culture and of class and hierarchy.