In Creative Development
This is a ground-breaking collaboration between NT Dance Company and West Australian Ballet (WAB), fusing Aboriginal dance and classical ballet in a world premiere for WAB’s 2018 ‘Ballet at the Quarry’ season.
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The NT Dance Company and Gary Lang its Artistic Director have been invited by the West Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director Aurelien Scannella to collaborate on a project called the “Milky Way”.
This is a ground-breaking collaboration between NT Dance and West Australian Ballet (WAB), fusing Aboriginal dance and classical ballet in a world premiere for WAB’s 2018 ‘Ballet at the Quarry’ season. Lang is a First Nation Larrakia man whose family extends to Yirrkala in east Arnhemland. His vision is to create a work around his people’s traditional song cycles – he will bring a traditional song man, didgeridoo (Yidaki) player and one of two cultural consultants (elders) to Perth.
The traditional music in the piece will represent the physical world and an Indigenous opera singer (Deborah Cheetham) will be integrated into the performance as part of the song cycle representing the spirit world. WAB dancers will learn from and perform alongside Lang’s NT dancers.
This project has been supported by the Australian Government's Catalyst fund and the NT government has assisted to fund the creative development stage. The first public showing of the choreography in creative development was held for the executive of the WA ballet at the Darwin Entertainment Centre in April 2017.
Photo: Nicholas Gouldhurst