Dance

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Deb­o­rah Jones John McCallum

OUR Land Peo­ple Sto­ries Each of the three works in Bangarra’s OUR Land Peo­ple Sto­ries en­larges our un­der­stand­ing of con­nec­tion with the land, learn­ing from the past, the glue of com­mu­nity and the en­dur­ing power of sto­ry­telling. In a se­ries of short, sur­real and highly evoca­tive scenes, Macq re­lives a mas­sacre of in­dige­nous Aus­tralians in NSW, or­dered by gov­er­nor Lach­lan Mac­quarie. Beau Dean Ri­ley Smith and Daniel Ri­ley cre­ated Miya­gan to­gether. It shows a kin­ship sys­tem re­claim­ing young peo­ple who are at first dis­con­nected from it. Stephen Page’s homage to Arn­hem Land artist Nya­pa­nyapa Yunupingu, Nya­pa­nyapa, is won­drously multi-lay­ered. The 17 dancers are en­tranc­ing, rev­el­ling in fluid, full-bod­ied move­ment and an­i­mat­ing ev­ery mo­ment with shin­ing sin­cer­ity. Sydney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point. To­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $35-$95. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777. Un­til July 9. play with this. Al­most all the five ac­tors play two roles, and there is a lot of fun in the chang­ing and switch­ing be­tween them. All this dou­bling makes for a very funny bal­anc­ing act be­tween id­iocy and ro­mance. Mi­randa Tapsell (pic­tured) is lovely as the al­ways smil­ing young hero­ine, al­ter­nat­ing with the rough-as­bags, comic, wise ser­vant. SBW Sta­bles The­atre, 10 Nim­rod Street, Kings Cross. To­day, 2pm and 7pm. Tick­ets: $38-$60. Book­ings: (02) 9361 3817 or on­line. Un­til July 16. Du­ra­tion: 2hr 30min with in­ter­val.

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