Nyapanyapa (OUR land people stories)

Nyapanyapa Image Gallery | On Stage

  • North East Arnhem Land
  • Choreography, Costumes, Sets & Lighting, Highlights, Performance

Created by Stephen Page, Nyapanaypa is inspired by the beautifully textured paintings of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

"Nyapanyapa Yunupingu is an inspiration. She is a proud Yolngu woman from the Gumatj clan of North East Arnhem Land, a strong figure in her community who creates her art simply because it’s in her blood.

Nyapanyapa is so innately talented that her works give endless joy to those who see them. Each time I visit Yirrkala, I’ve always felt drawn to her energy, her spirit. I’ve long admired her paintings and her last series featuring young dancing girls fascinated me and sparked the idea for a creative exchange. But it is her Buffalo Story painting, which won her the prestigious Telstra Art prize in 2008, that was a jumping off point for this work."

- Stephen Page, 2016

This production features the First Nations' language Yolngu Matha (North East Arnhem Land).

    • Lighting Design
      Matt Cox
    • Featured Bangarra Dancers
      2016 Nyapanyapa Cast - please see downloadable cast sheet for details