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Frances Rings’ Powerful Choreography “Yuldea” Comes Home to Adelaide

After a successful world premiere, Frances Rings’ latest work, “Yuldea,” is set to captivate her hometown of Adelaide. Frances Rings’ Powerful Choreography “Yuldea” Comes Home to Adelaide. The production, already captivating Sydney and Canberra audiences, will grace Adelaide’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from August 10 to 12.

Frances Rings, the new Artistic Director at Bangarra Dance Theatre, delivers a personal and ceremonial affirmation of history and heritage in her new work. Descending from the Wirangu and Mirning tribes, Ms. Rings drew inspiration from her family’s profound connection to the area.

“Yuldea” awakens the earth and sky worlds to narrate the story of the Aṉangu people of the Great Victorian Desert. The performance delves into the pivotal moment when traditional life collided with the industrial ambitions of a growing nation in South Australia’s Yuldea.

Yooldil Kapi, an ancient water soak, served as a vital nexus of trading routes and dreaming stories for thousands of years, crisscrossing the site. This waterhole played a significant role in the construction of the trans-Australian railway, connecting the east coast to the west coast, stretching across the Nullarbor.

In 1917, due to industrial pressures, Yooldil Kapi ran dry, displacing the Aṉangu people from their homeland. The remnants of colonial progress were buried beneath the sands.

The Aṉangu people persisted, preserving land and sky knowledge and enduring kinship bonds with the land.

Frances Rings urges us to go beyond the nation’s modernization narrative, reconciling history and embracing a truthful future.

The sea dragon, made from bamboo and rattan cane, is about 5 meters long and 3 meters tall. Artists hurry to complete it with net and woven discarded ropes for a solid structure.

Frances Rings made her choreographic debut in 2002 with “Rations” in Walkabout, followed by creating six works for the company. Her work “Unaipon” at the 2004 Adelaide Festival of the Arts earned her recognition in Bulletin Magazine’s Smart 100.

Internationally, Ms. Rings has fostered significant intercultural relationships with First Nations performing arts companies in Canada and New Zealand.

Costumes by Jennifer Irwin, lighting by Karen Norris, and original music by Leon Rodgers will enhance the performance. Adding to the creative mix, multi-award-winning South Australian duo Electric Fields provides electrifying songs for the performance.

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Source: https://nit.com.au/28-07-2023/6958/successful-choreographer-frances-rings-to-bring-latest-work-yuldea-home-to-adelaide

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