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Dancing the Torres Strait winds to life: Kuki

Inspired by the natural environment, Torres Strait Islander choreographer Elma Kris created the dance 'About' as an expression of the effects that the winds (Gub) have on the land, sea and community. This clip shows the segment 'Kuki' (pronounced Cook-ee), which is inspired by the strong north-west winds that blow between ...

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Dancing The Torres Strait winds to Life: Zey

Torres Strait Islander choreographer Elma Kris created the dance 'About' as an expression of the effects of the winds (Gub) on the land, sea and community. The four seasons in the Torres Strait Islands relate directly to the type and direction of the winds. Kris has explored the effects of the Zey (pronounced Zay) - cool ...

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Dancing life into traditional objects: 'Artefact'

'Weaving' is a segment from a longer dance piece called 'Artefact', a richly spiritual work about breathing life back into objects from ancient times. Choreographer Frances Rings is a descendant of the Kokatha people of South Australia. The 'Weaving' segment was inspired by the traditional knowledge and practices of the ...

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Kindred spirits: dancing our identity

Who are we and where do we belong? What and who decides our identity? People often ask these questions, and some may seek to discover the answers to them. In his dance piece entitled 'ID', choreographer Stephen Page explores what makes us similar, what makes us different and what gives us a sense of belonging. The clip ...

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Ninjas rocking and violin-infused rap at 'Hip hop kung fu'

This is a review of a 2011 dance performance titled 'Hip hop kung fu'. There is a short film clip of highlights from the performance and a longer video of the full performance. The review describes the successful dance components, the musical innovations and commends individual performances. The writer applauds the directors, ...

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Kentaro!! Contemporary Japanese dance

This is a review of a 2012 dance performance titled 'Kentaro!! brings contemporary Japanese dance and choreography to Mumbai'. Kentaro!! is a contemporary Japanese dancer. The review articulates the dancer's style as a combination of street and hip-hop with a mix of dance, mime and movement. The resource also includes a ...

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Rachel Cooper on Indonesia's Envelope-Pushing Dance Troupe

This is a web page featuring an interview with Rachel Cooper about Indonesian dance troupe Nan Jombang and their 2010 US showcase. The article is titled 'An interview with Rachel Cooper: Indonesia's envelope-pushing dance troupe' and includes a photograph and a nine-minute video of one of the performances. Cooper explains ...

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Connecting sculpture to dance

The former artistic director of Chunky Move, choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, was inspired by the sculptures of Reuben Margolin to create the dance 'Connected'. These sculptures made him think about what happens when a dancer begins to dance on stage and the way they transform from a person to a body in space.


The Black Swan - Meryl Tankard, 1995: New vocabulary

This clip shows a sign outside the premises of the Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide in 1995. Meryl Tankard, then artistic director of the theatre, describes her approach to dance and her techniques for working with dancers. The interview is intercut with footage of dancers in rehearsal with various props, ...


Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, 2001: Ballet outdoors

This clip shows part of a re-enactment of 'L'Après-midi d'un Faune' ('The Afternoon of a Faun'), a dance performance originally choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky. The young faun meets six nymphs in the forest, who are at once attracted to and frightened by him. One drops a scarf, which the Faun finds and makes love to in ...

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Bhangra music and dance

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore the origins and elements of Bhangra music and dance, and its influence on global popular culture. The teacher notes provide background information about the origins of Bhangra music and dance, other forms of ...

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Bangarra Dance Theatre: 'Brolga'

This is a video of a contemporary dance created and performed by members of Bangarra Dance Theatre, which represents a contemporary rite of passage for a young woman and is inspired by a brolga plain in north-east Arnhem Land. The video is accompanied by information about the background and vision of the creative team under ...

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Hip hop dance

The teacher demonstrates how she designs and implements effective teaching strategies that are responsive to the local community and cultural setting of her Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Dance is popular amongst the community, and the teacher promotes technical skills and knowledge of the learning area ...


Every dance tells a story

This online library provides teachers with links to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance performers, organisations, festivals and programs.


Road building, Canberra, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph taken looking south along Mort Street, Braddon, a suburb of Canberra, in 1927. The surface of the road is being 'macadamised'. In the centre of the photo, steam can be seen rising from a steam roller, and in the background behind it can be seen the Civic Centre. On the left-hand side ...


Borovansky Ballet's 'Terra Australis', 1946

This is a 20.3 cm x 25.7 cm black-and-white photograph of a ballet performance on a split-level stage in front of a painted backdrop featuring a dead white tree trunk. A male and a female dancer are in the spotlight and two groups of dancers are in the shadowed foreground.


Haka and Poi Championships, 1928

This is a black-and-white photograph taken by Leslie Adkin in New Zealand on 21 February 1928. It shows two wood-and- metal shields that were used as trophies in the 1928 Haka and Poi Championships. The shields display six Mäori tiki figures that connect the ribbon-like adornments. The negative of this image measures 5 cm by 7 cm.


Astonish Me, Graeme Murphy Choreographer, 1989: 'A lot of magic'

This clip shows footage of the acclaimed dancer and choreographer Graeme Murphy with Janet Vernon, who is his wife and dancing partner. Two short light-hearted choreographed scenes set to classical music are included. These are followed by an interview in which Murphy and Vernon describe their meeting and early collaboration. ...


'Jitterbugging in Negro juke joint', 1939

This is a black-and-white photograph showing African Americans at a roadside dance hall outside Clarksdale in Mississippi, USA, one Saturday evening in November 1939. Couples are jitterbugging to music from a jukebox while other people, mostly men, are standing around. The photograph was taken by Marion Post Wolcott.

Teacher resource

Learn the alphabet dance - item 1 of 2

This is a teaching and learning resource that outlines a process for using different movements to represent the letters of the alphabet, structure simple dance sequences and identify the cultural and social influences of dance movements. The resource includes a video featuring musician Gillian Howell and dancers creating ...