Stamping Ground

Bangarra: 30 years of sixty five thousand

  • North East Arnhem Land

For the first time in the company’s history, Bangarra presented a work created beyond Australian shores - Stamping Ground by renowned Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián.



Stamping Ground is the work of renowned Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián, inspired by his 1980 visit to Groote Eylandt, North East Arnhem Land, when he attended the largest recorded dance gathering of Aboriginal people – a week-long corroboree where one thousand men, women and children came from across Australia to dance, sing and share their culture. In 1983, Kylián created Stamping Ground for the Nederlands Dance Theater.

Kylián’s startlingly original dance vocabulary pays tribute to the essence of Indigenous dance traditions, which have been vital to the continuation of culture for thousands of years. As Bangarra Dancers recreate Kylián’s steps with their own style and sensibility, Stamping Ground continues its creation cycle by returning to the culture and the land that gave it life.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stamping Ground premiered in 2019 as a part of the triple bill Bangarra: 30 years of sixty five thousand which included Unaipon, Stamping Ground and to make fire.



    • Artistic Director
      Stephen Page
    • Choreography
      Jiří Kylián
    • Assistant to the Choreographer
      Roslyn Anderson
    • Music
      Carlos Chávez - ‘Toccata para instrumentos de percusión’. Premiered 1942
    • Set Design
      Jiří Kylián
    • Costume Design
      Heidi de Raad
    • Lighting Concept
      Jiří Kylián
    • Lighting Realisation (1983)
      Joop Caboort
    • Lighting Redesign
      Kees Tjebbes



Premiere Season: Australian Tour | 2019