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Dark Emu single work   drama   Indigenous story  
Adaptation of Dark Emu : Black Seeds : Agriculture or Accident? Bruce Pascoe , 2014 single work criticism
Is part of Eora Stories 2014 series - author musical theatre (number 5 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 Dark Emu
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'Compelling contemporary dance, soul-stirring soundscapes and uniquely Australian stories – Bangarra is a company at the peak of its powers. In superb form after the sold-out season of Bennelong, we return in 2018 with a major new dance work, Dark Emu

'Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book of the same name, Dark Emu explores the vital life force of flora and fauna in a series of dance stories directed by Stephen Page. With long-time Bangarra collaborators Steve Francis (music), Jacob Nash (sets) and Jennifer Irwin (costumes) bringing their impeccable aesthetic to the production, Dark Emu will satisfy your spirit and connect you to Country.' (Production summary)

Production Details

  • Presented by Bangarra Dance Theatre. Performed at:

    The Sydney Opera House 14 June -14 July 2018

    Canberra Theatre Centre 26 - 28 July

    State Theatre Centre of WA 2 - 5 August

    QPAC 24 August - 1 September

    Arts Centre Melbourne 6 - 15 September

    Artistic Director: Stephen Page.

    Choreographers: Stephen Page, Yolande Brown, Daniel Riley, and the dancers of Bangarra Dance Theatre.

    Composer: Steve Francis.

    Set Designer: Jacob Nash.

    Costume Designer: Jennifer Irwin.

    Dramaturg: Alana Valentine.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Bangarra’s Dark Emu Is Beautiful, but Lacks the Punch of Its Source Material Justine Shih Pearson , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 21 June 2018;

'Lights come up on an orb receding back in space, an echo perhaps taking us back in time, or into the cosmos, into the dreaming to the Emu in the Sky. Dancers, in groupings of three or five, move stage right to left, undulating up from the ground and wavering like kangaroo grass.' (Introduction)

Dark Emu the Dance Show : A Chance to 'Look at Australia with Fresh Eyes' Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 13 June 2018;

'Bruce Pascoe and Stephen Page tell how a joking remark led to Bangarra’s latest production.' 

Dark Emu Comes to the Community 2018 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 30 May no. 677 2018; (p. 7)

'Inspired by Bruce Pascoe's award-winning book of the same name, Bangarra Dance Theatre's Dark Emu explores the vital life force of flora and fauna and challenges the 'hunter-gatherer' myth of pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians.' 

Dark Emu the Book Inspires Dark Emu the Dance Show 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 29 November no. 665 2017; (p. 5)

'Bangarra Theatre's Stephen Page was so inspired by Bruce Pascoe's non-fiction book Dark Emu hat he has created a dance show.'

Dark Emu the Book Inspires Dark Emu the Dance Show 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 29 November no. 665 2017; (p. 5)

'Bangarra Theatre's Stephen Page was so inspired by Bruce Pascoe's non-fiction book Dark Emu hat he has created a dance show.'

Dark Emu Comes to the Community 2018 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 30 May no. 677 2018; (p. 7)

'Inspired by Bruce Pascoe's award-winning book of the same name, Bangarra Dance Theatre's Dark Emu explores the vital life force of flora and fauna and challenges the 'hunter-gatherer' myth of pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians.' 

Dark Emu the Dance Show : A Chance to 'Look at Australia with Fresh Eyes' Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 13 June 2018;

'Bruce Pascoe and Stephen Page tell how a joking remark led to Bangarra’s latest production.' 

Bangarra’s Dark Emu Is Beautiful, but Lacks the Punch of Its Source Material Justine Shih Pearson , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 21 June 2018;

'Lights come up on an orb receding back in space, an echo perhaps taking us back in time, or into the cosmos, into the dreaming to the Emu in the Sky. Dancers, in groupings of three or five, move stage right to left, undulating up from the ground and wavering like kangaroo grass.' (Introduction)

Last amended 31 May 2018 13:22:21
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