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Sandsong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert

Start date: 30 Jun 2022 / End date: 23 Jul 2022

2 Circular Quay E, Sydney 2000

Ph: 0292515333



Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company, Bangarra Dance Theatre presents the profound and deeply powerful production of SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert in Sydney from 30th June to 23rd July 2022.

Under the vast Kimberley sky, the red pindan dust stretches across the desert homelands of the Walmajarri, where the ancient knowledge of People and of Country is preserved through Songlines that have endured for hundreds of generations.

SandSong tells the unique story of this Place and the survival of its People, where between the 1920s and 1960s, Aboriginal people were removed off their Country and forced into hard labour for no wages and minimal rations. Despite this displacement and cultural disruption, the people of the Western Desert have maintained unbroken connection to their Land, keeping stories and kinship strong.

This is also the Country of Wangkajunga woman Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf (1967-2019), an acclaimed performer and an important cultural consultant and artistic collaborator of Bangarra, whose spirit, stories and artistic contributions have inspired a number of the company’s works, and enriched the broader arts landscape. SandSong honours the legacy of Ningali, and her family – past, present and future.



Event dates for next 12 Months: 30 Jun 2022 | 1 Jul 2022 | 2 Jul 2022 | 5 Jul 2022 | 6 Jul 2022 | 6 Jul 2022 | 7 Jul 2022 | 8 Jul 2022 | 9 Jul 2022 | 12 Jul 2022 | 13 Jul 2022 | 13 Jul 2022 | 14 Jul 2022 | 15 Jul 2022 | 16 Jul 2022 | 16 Jul 2022 | 19 Jul 2022 | 20 Jul 2022 | 21 Jul 2022 | 22 Jul 2022 | 23 Jul 2022 | 23 Jul 2022