Praying Mantis Dreaming

Australian Tour Program | 1992

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Praying Mantis Dreaming is based around the dreaming of a woman whose mother is Aboriginal and whose father was of European ancestry. The Spirit of the Praying Mantis watches over her and guides her through her dreams.

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Praying Mantis Dreaming tells the story of a young Aboriginal girl on her journey from her traditional homelands to the city. The Spirit of the Praying Mantis watches over both worlds, guiding and protecting the Aboriginal inhabitants, and encouraging the girl to seek her cultural heritage.

The first full length work created by Stephen Page for Bangarra Dance Theatre with original music composed by David Page, Praying Mantis Dreaming combined three distinctive and different styles of dance – traditional Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and contemporary dance.