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Bush single work   drama  
Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 Bush
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'They sang the songs and danced over the land. They struck the ground with their walking sticks and created fresh water, created the different landmarks, animals, sacred sites, created all living things. (From the traditional story ‘Two Sisters’ (Wirrkul Manda), Dhuwa language group)'

'From the last breath of sunset to the first finger-light of dawn, the audience enters a mysterious and secret space – reptilian creatures slither from dark caves, a moth emerges from its cocoon, the land erupts pushing up mountains and carving waterholes – the world is being born.'

'Bush is a lush and hypnotic celebration of dance, ritual and music. It’s inspiration comes from Stephen Page’s relationship over many years with Arnhem Land and his traditional mothers like Kathy Balngayngu Marika.' (Production summary) 

Production Details

  • Premiered in 2003 at QPAC Playhouse

    Toured: 2003 National Tour – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane; 2004 International Tour – USA (Washington, Honolulu, Kamuela, Maui, Raleigh, Hampton, New York); 2005 International Tour – Japan, New Zealand; and 2006 International Tour – United Kingdom.

    Choreography: Stephen Page

    Music: David Page & Steve Francis

    Set Design: Peter England

    Costume Design: Jennifer Irwin

    Lighting Design: Nick Schlieper

    Guest Performer & Cultural Consultant: Kathy Balgayngu Marika

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  • Arnhem Land, Top End, Northern Territory,
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