True Stories offers an invigorating blend of voices bringing new moves and attitudes to this vibrant company
Sydney Morning Herald
This beautifully devised and executed program of contrasting-but-complementary works from Bangarra Dance Theatre is a definitive demonstration why the company is so admired both internationally and at home
Canberra City News
True Stories shows precisely why Bangarra Dance Theatre is consistently the most challenging of the country's dance companies
The Australian

Inspired by two diverse Indigenous cultures, 2007 sees the company premiere its dynamic new work – True Stories.

Emeret Lu (“Very Old Things”) – the passion and energy of the traditional people of the Torres Strait Islands. Choreographer Elma Kris explores her peoples’ love of the land, the sea and their unique culture with an exuberance handed down from generation to generation.

In the 1950’s a series of atomic explosions were conducted on Maralinga, Tjarutja traditional lands. The code name of the test site was X300. Frances Rings’ new work powerfully and spectacularly explores a landscape assumed vacant but which in reality became a contaminated desert which poisoned the people. Rings’ work is known for its theatricality and inventiveness.

Choreographer Emeret Lu by Elma Kris, X300 by Frances Rings
Music Emeret Lu by Steve Francis, X300 by David Page
Set Design Genevieve Dugard
Costume Design Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Design Glenn Hughes

2007 National Tour – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle, Canberra, Wollongong
2009 Regional Tour – New South Wales & Western Australia
2009 International Tour - Hungary, Austria, Germany


Bangarra Dance Theatre – Best Regional Touring Production, Helpmann Award, 2010