Stolen girl story told in dance
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.