SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert
Dance
26 October 2022 at 7:30pm
Albany Entertainment Centre, Princess Royal Theatre

SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert

26 October 2022 at 7:30pm Albany Entertainment Centre, Princess Royal Theatre Buy tickets

Presented by Albany Entertainment Centre

First Nations dance powerhouse Bangarra returns with a work inspired by the Kimberleys, telling the unique story of this Place and the survival of its People.      

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.

At the heart of this land is the Living Water - Jila – that resides in desert waterholes across the region and is the basis of cultural beliefs and practices. SandSong tells the unique story of this Place and the survival of its People.

Between the 1920s and 1960s, Aboriginal people were removed off their Country and onto pastoral stations where they were forced into hard labour, usually for no wages and only minimal rations. Despite this displacement and cultural disruption, the Traditional People of the Western Desert have maintained unbroken connection to Land and Country - keeping songs, stories and kinship strong.

This is the Country of Wangkatjunga woman Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf (1967 – 2019), a close cultural collaborator of Bangarra whose spirit, stories and artistic contributions have inspired a number of the company’s works and enriched the broader arts landscape.

The Lawford family has long generational ties to this part of the Kimberley and are current owners of the pastoral lease for Bohemia Downs cattle station, allowing them the stability to continue to care for their Land, Culture and Community.

SandSong is a journey into ancient story systems framed against the backdrop of ever-changing government policy and of the survival of people determined to hold strong to their Culture.

SandSong is created by Bangarra Dance Theatre in consultation with Wangkatjunga/Walmajarri Elders from the Kimberley and Great Sandy Desert regions, drawing on the stories, knowledge and memories of the past to create a new narrative for our Indigenous futures.

This work honours the legacy of Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf and her family - past, present and future.

Please note:
  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break during the performance.
  • Mobile telephones and electronic devices are to be turned off during the performance.
  • Cameras, video cameras and tape recorders will not be permitted without the consent of the promoter.
  • $59.50 Adult
  • $54.50 Concession (Full time students, Pensioners, Seniors Card holders, unemployed)
  • $25.00 Under 25's
  • $20.00 16 & Under
  • $148.00 (2x Adult, 2x Children)

AEC Rewards Program Members

  • 10% discount on the above ticket prices (excluding groups pricing).
  • This discount will be applied in the Cart on purchase. Please ensure you are logged in when purchasing your tickets to ensure we can identify you as our valued member.

Babes in arms permitted up to 2 years old


Pricing and Transaction Fee Information
Transaction fees for ticket purchases differ depending on the sales channel you choose.
Web: $3.95 if cart values is $36 or less, $5.95 if cart value is more than $36.
Phone: $6.95.
In person: $0.
Group bookings: $8.95.
Add $2 for postage by Standard Mail or $4.40 for Registered Mail.
All tickets/items prices include GST if applicable and are quoted in Australian dollars.
Ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted, either up or down, based on real-time market demand, and without notice.

Albany Entertainment Centre related events

View all events

Related events at other venues

View all events