The New York TimesBush is a stimulating, rich and textured portrait of spirituality
Washington PostBush is one of those works where the content fills every last corner of the canvas
Stephen Page‘s spellbinding work Bush is inspired by the Dreamtime creation stories of Arnhem Land.
They sang the songs and danced over the land. They struck the ground with their walking sticks and created fresh water, created the different landmarks, animals, sacred sites, created all living things. (From the traditional story ‘Two Sisters’ (Wirrkul Manda), Dhuwa language group)
From the last breath of sunset to the first finger-light of dawn, the audience enters a mysterious and secret space – reptilian creatures slither from dark caves, a moth emerges from its cocoon, the land erupts pushing up mountains and carving waterholes – the world is being born.
Bush is a lush and hypnotic celebration of dance, ritual and music. It’s inspiration comes from Stephen Page’s relationship over many years with Arnhem Land and his traditional mothers like Kathy Balngayngu Marika.
Choreography Stephen Page
Music David Page & Steve Francis
Set Design Peter England
Costume Design Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Design Nick Schlieper
Guest Performer & Cultural Consultant Kathy Balgayngu Marika
2003 National Tour – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane
2004 International Tour – USA (Washington, Honolulu, Kamuela, Maui, Raleigh, Hampton, New York)
2005 International Tour – Japan, New Zealand
2006 International Tour – United Kingdom
Moth – Education Resource
Bangarra Dance Theatre – Best Dance Work, Helpmann Award, 2004
Nick Schlieper – Best Lighting Design, Helpmann Award, 2004