Senior Desert Dancers of KUNGKARANGKALPA: Seven Sisters Songline came to Canberra from the red sands of the central desert to perform under the stars by Lake Burley Griffin for a series of performances at the National Museum of Australia.
The ancient chants of the epic song saga of the Seven Sisters filled the night as the Anangu dancers sang up the living cultural routes of trade, story, dance, art and music that crisscross our country, symbolically joining the nation’s capital to the nation’s heart.
Creative Director Wesley Enoch, a Stradbroke Island man, has worked with APY Lands Anangu custodians and a creative team to develop a performance where an ancient story is presented with new technologies for a once in a lifetime performance in the nation’s capital for the Centenary of Canberra.
Centenary of Canberra Creative Director Robyn Archer AO identified the project for the Centenary program when she heard about Alive with the Dreaming! Songlines of the Western Desert, an Australian Research Council Project of national significance (due for completion in 2016.) This project is led by Anangu elders with the Australian National University and supportive partners the National Museum of Australia, the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council, Ananguku Arts and Culture Aboriginal Corporation, the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water Population and Communities, and the Centenary of Canberra. Read more.