ONES COUNTRY - the spine of our stories

Carriageworks Season Program | 2017

  • North East Arnhem Land, Torres Strait Islands
  • Program, Resources

ONES COUNTRY - the spine of our stories takes you on an Australian journey of discovery, from the myths and stories of North East Arnhem Land, to the concrete jungle of urban Sydney, and the azure salt waters of the Torres Strait Islands.

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ONES COUNTRY - the spine of our stories is a triple bill comprised of Ngathu, Place and Whistler.

Djakapurra Munyarryun is a respected Yolngu Songman from Dhalinybuy in North East Arnhem Land. His work Ngathu is inspired by the ngathu (cycad) nut, which only appears for a fleeting moment before the wet season.

Place is Dancer Kaine Sultan-Babij’s first choreographic work for Bangarra. Grounded by his clan, his heritage, and his family totem of the caterpillar, he takes us to an urban Australian setting, drawing on his personal experience to explore what it means to be black and gay in today’s world.

Bangarra Dancers and proud Torres Strait Islander women Elma Kris and Nicola Sabatino have together created Whistler, a story inspired by the sacred call of the dugong and its significance to their people.