Gary Lang

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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Gary Lang is a Larrakia man; he trained at the National Aboriginal and Islander Dance School (NAISDA) and has toured nationally & internationally with some of Australia's premier dance companies, the Aboriginal and Islander Dance Theatre, Bangarra, Dance North and Tracks Inc.

Gary is a dynamic dancer, choreographer, teacher and performer and a much loved and revered figure in the NT dance community. He actively strives to maintain a strong cultural identity, acting as an ambassador for his culture through his practice. Since returning to Darwin Gary has been working with a group of local male and female dancers and he provides them with much sought after opportunities for their development and performance in his works that have featured in front of Darwin audiences over the past decade or more.

Gary's choreographic work is sensual and evocative, presenting the best of contemporary dance rooted in the traditions of Indigenous Australia’. In 2006 Gary was invited to present a choreographic work at the prestigious Indigenous Dreaming Festival.

He created and presented the Dream. The incredible success of Gary’s work led to many discussions to the future developments of performance events of this nature and in 2007 the collective presented Goose Lagoon at Australia’s Indigenous Dreaming Festival.

Gary began running regular contemporary dance classes to provide professional development opportunities for his group of athletic and impressive dancers. Committed to working from a grass roots level, Gary also works with local schools conducting a range of dance training programs, once again filling a much needed niche in the Darwin dance community.

During 2008, Gary researched and created Munuk Gapu – Fresh water Salt water - a dance production that interprets the lives, adventures and misadventures of Territory pearl divers from a bygone era. In August 2008, Munuk Gapu was featured at the Darwin Festival, performing at the Playhouse Theatre in the Darwin Entertainment Centre.

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2010

Gary presented Goose Lagoon at the Darwin Festival with original magpie geese puppets being incorporated into the production.

2013

Gary was honoured to receive the Dance Board Fellowship from the Australia Council.

2014

MOKUY (Spirit) premiered at the inaugural Indigenous Garrmalang Festival at Darwin Entertainment Centre. MOKUY is a series of vignettes that depict an evocative reflection on the journey of the spirit following death through contemporary dance, projections and traditional and contemporary music.

For Gary Lang, Mokuy is his personal response to youth suicide in remote Indigenous communities.

2016

Gary’s production of ’Inspired’ premiered at the third Garrmalang Festival at Darwin Entertainment Centre in May. ‘Inspired’ evolved through Gary’s obsession with the musical score of Tchaikovsky's compositions.

2017

sees Gary in the creative development phase of the exciting collaboration with the West Australian Ballet entitled “Milky Way” set to premiere in Perth at Ballet at the Quarry in February 2018.

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