A 'Best of Bangarra' production, Up Until Now weaves storytelling, dance, theatre and music into an inspirational theatrical experience. It is the celebration of Indigenous culture.
Sections of Up Until Now
Urban Yarn - These works draw their inspiration from urban aboriginal existence today. exploring issues that have a profound impact on the lives of aboriginal people.
- Proud Black Woman
- Silamai and Ubil (Fighting and Loving)
- Old Man
- Born Again
- Traditional Yirrkala - Traditional Aboriginal Dances draw on over 40,0CX) of culture, expressing the origins of Aboriginal life and the mystic quality of the wDreaming".
These traditional dances are from Yirrkala, north-east Arnhem Land. in the far north of Australia. As with most Aboriginal dances, they combine the mystical or mythical essence of Aboriginal culture with keen observations of natural motion and actions. The dances and their accompanying songs and rhythms are one, and are often short but part of larger cycles performed for a variety of ceremonies. which can sometimes last for many days.
Clap Sticks and Story Telling: Clouds - Gamadala, Water- Gapu, Kingfish - Gunmarra, Farewell - Sunset
Berty's Choice - A Comedy set in a park on Pension Day/Gambling Day.
Ochre Dreaming - This dance is inspired by the essence of traditional Aboriginal movements. The Ochre Spirits emerge from the earth at dusk when the land is still. The Spirits take great delight in their imitation of the different native animals as they play. The growing light of the dawn disperses the Spirits back into the earth where they rest and patiently await the soft rays of the coming sunset.
Crayfish - Based on the lifestyle of the traditional Torres Strait Island people.
Torres Strait Island - Torres Strait Island Dances are usually celebrations of births, marriages, feast days, returning sailors or the departure of loved ones. One of the most important ceremonies in the Torres Strait Island are tombstone openings. Sections include: Dhibal (Raindance), Zodhali (Mark Time), Fulgar (Bamboo Dance), Kaba (Paddle Dance), Bow and Arrow, Gai Gai Thaiak (Kulup Rhythm Dance)
Sia dance style from Papua New Guinea lead by special guest artist Markham Galut
Paliwe Lona - This song celebrates the light of the full moon. The whole village comes alive to enjoy the full moon - telling stories. singing. dancing and playing moonlight games. The dance comes from Siassi Island in Lae Province.
Talk - with guest artist Markham Galut (Markham is a senior actor/dancer/mime performer with the National Theatre of Papua New Guinea based in Port Morseby.)
Treaty - inspired by the unique fusion of traditional and contemporary sounds from Yothu Yindi, a rock bank from Yirrkala, North East Arnhem Land.