Stolen girl story told in dance

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THE cap­ti­vat­ing Ban­garra Dance The­atre per­for­mance of Mathinna will be staged at the Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast this Tues­day for one show only. In­spired by a girl’s jour­ney be­tween two cul­tures, Mathinna traces the his­tory of an Abo­rig­i­nal girl re­moved from her tra­di­tional life, adopted into Western colo­nial so­ci­ety to be ul­ti­mately re­turned to the frag­ments of her orig­i­nal her­itage. Mathinna be­came the archetype of the ‘‘stolen child’’ and in this stun­ning work, Ban­garra Dance The­atre recre­ates her pow­er­ful story of vul­ner­a­bil­ity and search­ing in an era of con­fu­sion and in­tol­er­ance. The show’s chore­og­ra­phy is by Stephen Page and stars dancers Elma Kris and Pa­trick Thai­day and was the 2011 Help­mann Award win­ner. Ban­garra bases its creative spirit on Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander tra­di­tions and sto­ries pro­duc­ing a pow­er­ful new lan­guage which com­bines the tra­di­tional and the con­tem­po­rary. This po­tent, orig­i­nal and dis­tinc­tive style tells the sto­ries uni­fy­ing the past and the present. Ban­garra’s in­flu­ence con­tin­ues to res­onate through­out the world with the com­pany earn­ing a prom­i­nent place on the in­ter­na­tional tour­ing cir­cuit. The com­pany has per­formed in the United King­dom, France, Ger­many, US, Ja­pan, China and New Zealand.

Mathinna plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Tues­day at 7.30pm. Tick­ets are from $35 to $55.

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