Bundjalung Nghari


Throughout 2014 and 2015 NORPA is developing a major new dance theatre work about Bundjalung country.

NORPA has invited the following artists to collaborate on The Gathering:

David Page (Bundjalung) Actor, musician and composer for Bangarra Dance Theatre,
Rhoda Roberts (Bundjalung) Sydney Opera House and Boomerang Festival Director,
Djon Mundine (Bundjalung) Curator and writer
Melissa Lucashenko (Bundjalung) Author and
Frances Rings (Kokatha) Choreographer and dancer with Bangarra Dance Theatre.

The Gathering aims to share Bundjalung culture and stories, strengthen local pride, and build the community’s national profile.


In November 2013 we invited the local community to come and meet the inspirational artists involved in the project, and join a conversation about storytelling, performance and fostering local pride in the Northern Rivers. Below is a snapshot of that afternoon, and the work in development.

Workshops in May 2014


Music and movement workshops

A gathering for aspiring Indigenous performers.

Join us to explore Bundjalung identity through language, music and dance. Share skills and collaborate with David Page, Frances Rings, Roy Gordon and Mitch King.

Friday 16 May
5-8pm and
Saturday 17 May

The Studio, Lismore City Hall

Participation is FREE.
Ages 16 and older.
Bookings essential.
Preference is given to those who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Call NORPA Box Office on 1300 066 772 or email boxoffice@norpa.org.au

Workshop leaders:
David Page – Sound Designer & Musician, Bangarra Dance Theatre (Bundjalung)
Frances Rings – Choreographer, Bangarra Dance Theatre (Kokatha)
Roy Gordon – Performer & Widjabul Elder (Bundjalung)
Mitch King – Performer & Trainee Associate Producer NORPA (Bundjalung)

The 3 hours will include:
- Contemporary and hip-hop dance moves
- Vocal skills for acting and freestyling
- Connect with Bundjalung culture & language
- Show it all off to an open floor!


Partnerships include Arts NSW, the Australia Council for the Arts, Bundjalung Elders Council, The Regional Arts Fund and The Boomerang Festival.