Bangarra Dance Theatre Masterclass

Textured divide




Gorman Arts Centre


$25 - $30


11:30am to 1:00pm
21 Jul 2023

Ausdance ACT is delighted to present a Bangarra Dance Theatre Masterclass – an exploration of cultural elements of dance in a contemporary setting

Do not miss this special masterclass for local dancers with Bangarra Dance Theatre during the Canberra season of Yuldea.

About Participants:
Open to dancers 15 years +. Secondary & dance specialist high schools, intermediate to advanced level students and independent artists.

About the Masterclass:
While in Canberra, Bangarra is committed to engaging with the community beyond the performance and will be holding a contemporary dance workshop. This session focuses on exploring cultural elements of dance in a contemporary setting. Facilitated by company members, Lillian Banks, Amberlilly Gordon, Jesse Murray and Ryan Pearson, who share the rich culture and history that is sewn through their storytelling.

In Yuldea, stories hover in the sky. The stars reveal a divine Songline, stretching between earth and sky. Frances Rings’ first work as Artistic Director is a ceremonial affirmation of history and heritage. Yuldea awakens the earth and sky worlds to tell the story of the Anangu people of the Great Victorian Desert.

Yuldea explores the moment traditional life collided with the industrial ambition of a growing nation.

In 1917, the two halves of the Transcontinental Railway met at the precious water soak on the edgeof the Nullarbor, Yuldi Kapi.

Great metal serpents scarred the landscape, draining all water from the sacred soak. Then came theblack mist of the atomic testing at Maralinga, forcing the Anangu people to leave their desert homelands where they had lived for millennia.

Now memories lay scattered, like the Anangu people, displaced from their home. Remnants of colonial progress are swallowed by sand. But the Anangu endure, determined to keep strong their knowledge systems of land and sky, honouring their eternal bonds of kinship between people and place.

Yuldea features original music by Leon Rodgers with featured songs by multi-award-winning electronic pop duo Electric Fields (Zaachariaha Fielding and Michael Ross). Designers Elizabeth Gadsby (Set), Jennifer Irwin (Costume) and Karen Norris (Lighting) create a desert world on stage.

Places are strictly limited. For further information please contact:

This workshop is presented in partnership with Arts Capital at Gorman Arts Centre.