Wudjang: Not the Past

17 Jan — 12 Feb 2022

Roslyn Packer Theatre


By Stephen Page and Alana Valentine
Choreographed and directed by Stephen Page
Music by Steve Francis

Alive in the present, our story is not past

In the deep darkness just before dawn, workmen find bones while excavating for a dam. Among the workers is Bilin, a Yugambeh man, who convinces his colleagues to let him keep the ancestral remains. This ancestor is Wudjang, who, along with her young companion spirit, Gurai, longs to be reburied in the proper way.

Composed of poetry, spoken storytelling, live music and the astonishing choreography for which Bangarra Dance Theatre is internationally renowned, Wudjang: Not the Past is an epic-scale new co-production featuring 17 dancers, four musicians, and five actors.

Directed and co-created by Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page (Bloodland, The Secret River, Bennelong), and featuring Mibinyah language from his home on Yugambeh Country, this ambitious and powerful piece of performance illuminates the ways in which ancient traditions continue to guide and strengthen current and future generations of First Nations people.

Approx. duration 1 hr 20 mins (no interval). Subject to change. More info
Content Political and social themes, including depictions of traumatic events suffered by First Nations peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that this production contains images and voices of deceased persons. Subject to change. More info.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc, commissioned by Sydney Festival, Perth Festival and Adelaide Festival, and co-produced by Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company.


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