a work of resonant power and adventurous stylistic contrasts
The Times

This landmark production brought together Bangarra Dance Theatre and The Australian Ballet. Choreographer Stephen Page explored the movements of the two companies and developed a new dance language combining strict classical ballet technique with an Indigenous vein. In Stephen’s own words:

Rites is an exploration of the natural forces which determine our ancient landscape. I have not tried to harness nature’s elemental forces – this human need for control is futile and meaningless. Rather, I have tried to capture the spiritual essence of these elements in “snapshots” or flashpoints. Each of the elements  - “Earth”, “Wind”, “Fire”, “Water” – have their own ritual, their own special characteristics. They are complex, ephemeral moments occurring simultaneously in a non-linear time frame. Beginning with Awakening and completed by Dreaming, these elements are part of the great cyclic universal force: our spiritual essence, our Dreaming.”

Choreographer Stephen Page
Music Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring
Costume Design Jennifer Irwin
Set Design Peter England
Lighting Design Mark Howett