Get Moving | Terrain

  • Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre
  • Choreography

Rikki Mason guides you through a short warm up and then teaches a movement phrase from Salt, a section of Terrain.

PLEASE NOTE: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that Terrain and this content contain images, audio, video, quotes and the names of people who have passed away.

This Nandhu immersion into Terrain culminates in a creative and physical experience. For First Nations people, dance and visual art is a knowledge tool; the cognitive, the visceral and the physical connect into understanding and memory formation. We invite you to learn Salt from Terrain. You might want to refresh your memory of Salt by exploring this Image Gallery, taking note of the qualities and textures within the movement shapes and thinking about what ideas these images capture and unravel.

This video is divided into 4 sections. You will find the modified version at the end of the video.

1. Introduction and preparation - Rikki Mason is a descendent of the Kullili people from South West Queensland and grew up in Inverell, NSW. Rikki will guide you through a simple warm up to ensure your body is ready to move - it is really important that you prepare your body for dancing!

Please note, this activity has been modified to suit small rooms. Please ensure you have clear space to move around in, that the surface you are on is smooth but not slippery and that you are wearing comfortable clothes. For the warm up, you might like to have something secure beside you to hold on to in order to assist with balance. The back of chair is ideal.

2. Learn a section of ‘Terrain’ Rikki will teach you a phrase from Salt, slowly breaking it down – step-by-step - so that you can practise it slowly and learn it well.

3. Time to Dance - Now is your chance to dance the whole phrase, thinking about the motivations behind the choreography and using your imagination to make the connections to the spirit of Terrain.

4. Modified Version - a modified version is offered at the end of the video so that anyone can give this a go. Dance is a universal language and is for everyone. We are all individuals and our bodies respond in different ways to ideas and inspirations.


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Please understand that when participating in this activity you are responsible for your own safety, and discharge Bangarra Dance Theatre from any and all claims or cause of action, known or unknown, arising out of participation. You are responsible for ensuring a safe dance space free from potential dangers. Participants should be aware of physical limitations and agree not to exceed them.