Bundjalung Nghari – Three Brothers
Photos: Kate Holmes
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 Bundjalung Nghari / Three Brothers:
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,
Frances Rings (Kokatha) Choreographer and dancer with Bangarra Dance Theatre and
Julian Louis Artistic Director NORPA
Devised and developed with Billy McPherson, Thomas E S Kelly, Damion Hunter & Kirk Page.
Bundjalung Nghari/Three Brothers aims to share Bundjalung culture and stories, strengthen local pride, and build the community’s national profile.
In February we held the second creative development in Lismore.
“Three brothers return to country from the north, south and west. All three have made regular pilgrimages for funerals, but none has had quite the effect of the wake following their father’s burial. This is a story of healing old wounds, addressing truths and sharing deep secrets in a new century.”
Co-Director, Rhoda Roberts
In May 2014 NORPA held workshops for local performers as part of the development of Bundjalung Nghari. The workshops were led by choreographer Frances Rings (Bangarra Dance Theatre), hip hop artist Mitch King (Supafresh & NORPA) and Julian Louis (NORPA Artistic Director).
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.
Bundjalung Nghari – Three Brothers is supported by include Arts NSW, Regional Arts NSW, Northern Rivers Conservatorium, and Bundjalung Elders Council.