Mathinna Image Gallery: First Contact

  • Tasmania
  • Choreography, Costumes, Sets & Lighting, Highlights, Performance
First Contact

First Contact explores the critical cultural and socio- political differences between the colonists and the Aboriginal people of Tasmania. The couple that represents the British colonists move in a way that infers the principles of 19th century western civilised society where form and rules would underpin behaviour. In contrast, the movements of the dancers who represent the Aboriginal people are very orientated to the floor, and depict elements of their own cultural formalities and ceremony.

The images within this gallery were captured by photographers Jeff Busby (Main Stage Season, 2008) and Greg Barrett (Regional Tour, Cairns, 2010).

Inspired by a young girl’s journey between two cultures, Mathinna traces the story of a young Aboriginal girl removed from her traditional home and adopted into western colonial society, only to be ultimately returned to the fragments of her original heritage.

Explore Mathinna Image Gallery to view more more images from this production.