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Issue Details: First known date: 1997... 1997 Rites
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'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.”' (Production summary)

Production Details

  • Premiered in 1997 at The State Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre as a part of the Melbourne Festival

    Touring : 

    • 2008 International tour Paris & London
    • 1999 International tour New York, Virginia
    • 1999 National tour NSW, VIC
    • 1997 National tour VIC, NSW

    Stephen Page


    Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring


    Jennifer Irwin


    Peter England


    Mark Howett

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