Bangarra liberates Patyegarang from the library shelves, putting spirit into her heart, as a striking visionary and educator.
The incidents documented in the diaries of Lieutenant William Dawes have formed the spine, and inspired the consciousness of this work, choreographed by Stephen Page with the Bangarra dancers.
This production features the First Nations' language, Sydney Language (also know as Dharag) (from the Sydney area).
Sections of Patyegarang
Eora - The spirit of Patyegarang awakens in a celebration of people and land
Dawes - A new arrival, a new connection to country
Time - A dedicated tracing of the universal law of time
Maugrai Nawi Banga - Honouring the integral role of women and the beauty in living off the land
2 Breaths - An observation of this special first contact through language
Dungaree (to dance) - A sacred ritual, refuelling for the hunt
Proclamation - The resolution to resist assimilation
Hunt - The absence of honour for sacrifice
Night Sky - A gift of cultural knowledge
Intimacy - A conscious connection
Sacred - Territorial tension
Departure - A decision honouring friendship and spirit
Resilience - Always was, always will be, our land
Duration: 70 Minutes