EORA – Dark Emu is a large-scale projection, designed especially for the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s southern pylon. The projection marries Aboriginal history, dance, art and architecture in a striking visual aesthetic.
Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning story of the same name, Dark Emu explores how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples interacted with the land long before colonisation. The title refers to the Spirit Emu, who “left the earth after its creation to reside as a dark shape in the Milky Way.”
Created by Stephen Page and Jacob Nash of the Bangarra Dance Theatre, the work features Bangarra’s dancers, painted with light, showing the unbreakable connection between earth and sky.
Bangarra Dance Theatre is acclaimed worldwide for its compelling contemporary dance, soul-stirring soundscapes and uniquely Australian stories. This is the 5th time that Vivid Sydney has featured the innovative artwork of this groundbreaking company.
Go exploring, venture into the night and let Bangarra shine a light on this fascinating chapter of Aboriginal history.
Artists of Bangarra Dance Theatre: Stephen Page, Jacob Nash, Bonnie Elliot, Blackbird Studio and Tiffany Parker.