Bangarra Dance Theatre to Perform at 2014 Holland Dance Festival, 2/14-15

Australia's leading Indigenous performing arts company Bangarra Dance Theatre is proud to announce that it will perform in the Netherlands for the very first time at the 2014 Holland Dance Festival.

Dutch audiences will experience an outstanding performance of Indigenous contemporary dance theatre as well as have the opportunity to participate in two workshops presented by the dancers of Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Prior to the festival opening, Bangarra dancers Deborah Brown and Leonard Mickelo will perform the short work Moth in the Festival Gala on January 25 2014. The full company will then perform Kinship on February 14 and 15 as part of the festival program, flights courtesy of Bangarra's official airline Qantas.

Bangarra's Executive Director Catherine Baldwin says of performing in Holland for the first time, 'The company was very pleased to receive an invitation for Bangarra to perform at the prestigious Holland Dance Festival. We are excited about bringing a truly Australian

Indigenous theatrical experience to such a diverse new audience, alongside the world's most exciting dance companies.' .

Kinship brings together two of Bangarra's most loved dance works in a breathtaking theatrical experience by award-winning choreographer Stephen Page. The first section will feature Brolga, originally presented as part of the iconic Bangarra production Corroboree. The second work will be ID, originally performed in the acclaimed production, Belong.

Brolga is a creation story inspired by the totemic systems in Australian Aboriginal culture, where every person is assigned a totem related to their clan. Set in North East Arnhem Land, a young girl ventures out before sunset and finds herself on a brolga feeding ground. As she is challenged by her totemic temptation, she takes us on a journey of exploring relationships between humans and creatures, reflecting on the intrinsic spirituality of the natural world.

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