Bangarra Dance Theatre Excursion

On 4 July 2018, 85 Elective Dance students from Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 students attended an enlightening excursion to view the Bangarra Dance Theatre production of the ‘Dark Emu’ at the Sydney Opera House. The compelling contemporary performance captured the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s interconnected relationship with the environment, which is both sustainable and sacred. We were mesmerised by the powerful dancing, intricate costumes and the unique soundscapes, sets and lighting. After, we received the privilege to discuss with two members of the Bangarra Dance Theatre, the creation process of the ‘Dark Emu’ and its continuing relevance within modern society. Overall, this was a great experience which enlightened Bethany Dance students with a deeper understanding of the Bangarra Dance Theatre. This will significantly benefit our cultural understanding within our Appreciation studies, where we view and analyse dance from both artistic, aesthetic and cultural perspectives.

Bridget Halliday  – Year 11 Dance Student