Sandsong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert

Sandsong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert

Between the 1920s and 1960s, Aboriginal people were removed off their Country and onto pastoral stations where they were forced into hard labour, usually for no wages and only minimal rations. Despite this displacement and cultural disruption, the Traditional People of the Western Desert have maintained unbroken connection to Land and Country – keeping songs, stories and kinship strong.

The Lawford family has long generational ties to the Kimberley and are current owners of the pastoral lease for Bohemia Downs cattle station, allowing them the stability to continue to care for their Land, Culture and Community.

Wangkatjungka woman Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf (1967 – 2019) is a close cultural collaborator of Bangarra whose spirit, stories and artistic contributions have inspired a number of the company’s works and enriched the broader arts landscape.

SandSong is a journey into ancient story systems framed against the backdrop of ever-changing government policy and of the survival of people determined to hold strong to their Culture.

SandSong is created by Bangarra Dance Theatre in consultation with Wangkatjungka/Walmajarri Elders from the Kimberley and Great Sandy Desert regions, drawing on the stories, knowledge and memories of the past to create a new narrative for our Indigenous futures.

This work honours the legacy of Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf and her family – past, present and future.
  • Four Bangarra Dance Theatre dancers pose in front of a painted rock face
    SANDSONG: STORIES FROM THE GREAT SANDY DESERT

DETAILS

DATES

15-17 Jul 2021

Next occurrence: 15 Jul 2021

OPENING HOURS

15-17 Jul 7:30pm-8:30pm; 17 Jul 1:30pm-3pm

COSTS

Not specified

ACCESSIBILITY

Disabled access available, contact operator for details

Location

Sandsong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert

Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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