Productions

Rites

Gathering

This landmark production brought together Bangarra Dance Theatre and The Australian Ballet and was was commissioned for the 1997, Melbourne International Arts festival by former Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, Ross Stretton.

Productions

About

“Rites is an exploration of the natural forces which determine our ancient landscape. I have not tried to harness nature’s elemental forces – this human need for control is futile and meaningless. Rather, I have tried to capture the spiritual essence of these elements in 'snapshots' or flashpoints. Each of the elements - 'Earth', 'Wind', 'Fire', 'Water' – have their own ritual, their own special characteristics. They are complex, ephemeral moments occurring simultaneously in a non-linear time frame. Beginning with Awakening and completed by Dreaming, these elements are part of the great cyclic universal force: our spiritual essence, our Dreaming.

Just as Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring brought together an exciting union of artists, so too does this production. With this work, I wanted to challenge the preconceptions about Indigenous peoples and propel us along the path of reconciliation."

Stephen Page, 1997

Sections of Rites

  • Awakening
  • Earth
  • Wind
  • Fire
  • Water
  • Dreaming

Duration: 18 Minutes

Productions

Credits

Productions

Touring

Premiere Season | 1997
Rites Program Excerpt 1997

    • Victorian Arts Centre - currently known as the Arts Centre Melbourne

National Tour | 1999
Rites Program 1999

    • Victorian Arts Centre - currently known as the Arts Centre Melbourne

International Premiere | 1999

Gathering | 2006
Gathering: Rites Program 2006

    • Victorian Arts Centre - currently known as the Arts Centre Melbourne
      17 March - 29 March

International Tour | 2008 Paris & London
Rites Program Excerpt | 2008: Theatre du Chatelet

    • Le Théatre de Châtelet, Paris, France
      29 September - 30 September
    • Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, England
      7 Octobre - 11 October