Bangarra Dance Theatre's latest production of earth & sky is impressive in its beauty and intricate detail
Daily Telegraph, July 2010
Bangarra is a dance theatre company that visibly breathes. Lighting, soundscapes, imagery and movement come together to create a work of art that is both reflective and provocative
Australian Stage, July 2010


Always original and evocative, Bangarra Dance Theatre presents two works inspired by old and new customs in a theatrical fusion of dance and visual art.

Commissioned by Bangarra’s Artistic Director, Stephen Page, of earth & sky features the work of celebrated choreographer Frances Rings and Daniel Riley in his choreographic debut.

Artefact by Frances Rings, breathes life back into Aboriginal objects that represent the continuum of practices that date back thousands of years. Each artefact is respected for the story it tells in reconnecting people with their traditional culture and heritage. Expressed through striking design and theatrical elements Artefact is a powerful dance theatre work.

Riley by Daniel Riley McKinley celebrates the life and work of the late Michael Riley, an acclaimed Aboriginal photographer and filmmaker, related to Daniel through Wiradjuri culture. Riley’s cloud series of photographs with their dream-like beauty and digital manipulation are reflected in the movement and evocative soundscape for this exciting new work about the cultural resilience of Indigenous Australians.

In his debut with Bangarra, Aboriginal artist Jacob Nash has created inspiring designs that enhance the sensory experience in of earth & sky. At the heart of Bangarra’s work is the inimitable soundscape and musical creativity of David Page, one of Australia’s most outstanding Aboriginal composers.

Choreography Artefact by Frances Rings, Riley by Daniel Riley
Music David Page
Set Design Jacob Nash
Costume Design Gabriela Tylesova
Lighting Design Damien Cooper

2010 National Tour - Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Wollongong, Melbourne
2012 Regional Tour - New South Wales & Western Australia



Frances Rings – Betty Pounder Award for Choreography, Green Room Award
Jacob Nash – Design, Green Room Award
Bangarra Dance Theatre – Ensemble, Green Room Award
Bangarra Dance Theatre – Best 2010 Dance Work, Melbourne Community Voice Magazine

Bangarra Dance Theatre – 2012 Regional Tour – Best Regional Touring Production, Helpmann Award
Waangenga Blanco – Male Dancer, Green Room Award
David Page – Music/Sound Composition & Performance, Green Room Award