ONES COUNTRY - BANGARRA DANCE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.12.17

The art of telling stories via dance is an imprecise one. In classical ballet there are usually familiar stories supported by emotional music and a set repertoire of gestures with which choreographers communicate different passions and essential plot developments. In modern dance, most eschew story for abstraction – and even a man of Graeme Murphy's experience at the Sydney Dance Company was more successful, in my view, at abstract works than narrative. Aboriginal dance is inherently ceremonial, with the repetitious words of the songman to guide both dancers and audience. The imitation of animal movements in public dances and the impersonation of figures from myth in more sacred ceremonial would be ritualised and familiar to their respective audiences. So, to expect three relatively inexperienced Indigenous choreographers to master the nuances of their artform would be optimistic. But, with boss-man Stephen Page's guidance, three different dance geographies emerged from the night around a single set motif by Jacob Nash – which served each one with subtle variations. For Djakapurra Munyarryun's work, 'Ngathu' (the cycad nut in Yolngu) – the first choreography by this long-term cultural adviser from NE Arnhemland, this master songman and light-footed dancer – Nash's giant string sculpture spoke to me of the string games played by the Yolngu, who claim more varieties of pattern than Heinz soups! The rituals around the collection, sorting, treating and heating of the cycad before it can be eaten were certainly there in Munyarryun's mind as he shaped this piece – but the important matter that came across to me was its seasonality; as the rains begin to fall, the cycad is one of the few resources that are going to take Yolngu through to the dry, for little movement is possible during that sodden time. It was no surprise that dance movements» Read More

 

Great Artists, Great Stories, Limited Time

Great Artists, Great Stories, Limited Time

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 30.11.17

The sale of a collection of five works by the most elite of the original Papunya Masters at 15-20% discount has been extended until 25th of December 2017 (when unsold works will be withdrawn). These artists have achieved some of...» Read More

 

Moodoonuthi - 'Little One'

Moodoonuthi - 'Little One'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.11.17

The second generation of the acclaimed Bentinck Island artists – famously lead by the late Sally Gabori – is emerging with its own distinctive style. Just like Gabori, who covered canvases in huge blocks of radiant colour in order to...» Read More

 

SWEET COUNTRY

SWEET COUNTRY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.11.17

Oh boy, has Warwick Thornton set us a series of virtually unanswerable ethical questions in his latest film as director and cinematographer! 'Sweet Country', his successor in terms of its examination of the Aboriginal condition in Central Australia to the...» Read More

 

20% Off until End November

20% Off until End November

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 24.11.17

A collection of seven works by the original Papunya Tula Aboriginal artists is being offered at 15-20% discount until the end of November 2017 (when the works will be removed). These paintings are arguably the best on the market at...» Read More

 

THE APY LANDS COME TO SYDNEY

THE APY LANDS COME TO SYDNEY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.11.17

Exciting and slightly controversial news – artworks by artists from the ever-fruitful APY Lands in the north of South Australia will be sold directly to the Sydney public at a Darlinghurst gallery from next year. The news hit the ground...» Read More

 

Entries Open for 2018 NATSIAAs

Entries Open for 2018 NATSIAAs

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.11.17

Entries are open for the 2018 NATSIAAs, now awarding $80,000 in prizes including the prestigious Telstra Award (the most outstanding work in the exhibition, $50,000) and prizes in the following categories: Telstra Bark Painting Award $5000 Telstra General Painting Award...» Read More

 

The Late Mary Macha

The Late Mary Macha

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.11.17

Somehow, the AAD failed to report the death in March of a woman of great importance in the development of Aboriginal art – Mary Macha. She grew from a West Australian job in the State's Native Welfare Department to handling...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Australia

Great Artists, Great Stories, Limited Time

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 30.11.17

The sale of a collection of five works by the most elite of the original Papunya Masters at 15-20% discount has been extended until 25th of December 2017 (when unsold works will be withdrawn). These artists have achieved some of...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

Moodoonuthi - 'Little One'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.11.17

The second generation of the acclaimed Bentinck Island artists – famously lead by the late Sally Gabori – is emerging with its own distinctive style. Just like Gabori, who covered canvases in huge blocks of radiant colour in order to...» Read More

Events: Event

The Late Mary Macha

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.11.17

Somehow, the AAD failed to report the death in March of a woman of great importance in the development of Aboriginal art – Mary Macha. She grew from a West Australian job in the State's Native Welfare Department to handling...» Read More

Events: Event

Art for the Environment

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.06.17

The Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory (EDO NT) is again holding an online Aboriginal art auction to raise funds for its important work (advising and acting for individuals, traditional owners, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect...» Read More

 

 


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