Wudjang: Not the Past

An ambitious new epic-scale production composed of poetry, spoken storytelling, live music and astonishing choreography.

18 Jan - 8 Feb 2022

Roslyn Packer Theatre

The Play

★★★★★ Time Out | ★★★★★ AU Review | ★★★★½ SMH | ★★★★½ Limelight 

WUDJANG: NOT THE PAST

By Stephen Page and Alana Valentine
Choreographed and directed by Stephen Page
Music by Steve Francis

Alive in the present, our story is not past

In the deep darkness just before dawn, workmen find bones while excavating for a dam. Among the workers is Bilin, a Yugambeh man, who convinces his colleagues to let him keep the ancestral remains. This ancestor is Wudjang, who, along with her young companion spirit, Gurai, longs to be reburied in the proper way.

Composed of poetry, spoken storytelling, live music and the astonishing choreography for which Bangarra Dance Theatre is internationally renowned, Wudjang: Not the Past is an epic-scale new co-production featuring 17 dancers, four musicians, and five actors.

Directed and co-created by Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page (BloodlandThe Secret RiverBennelong), and featuring Mibinyah language from his home on Yugambeh Country, this ambitious and powerful piece of performance illuminates the ways in which ancient traditions continue to guide and strengthen current and future generations of First Nations people.

Approx. duration 1 hr 20 mins (no interval). Subject to change. More info

Show warning: Wudjang: Not the Past is recommended for audiences aged 12 and over. This production contains political and social themes, including violence and sexual assault, which may cause distress. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this production contains voices of people who have passed away.

Additional warnings: This production includes haze, flame and smoke effects, and has elevated sound levels. Subject to change. More info.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc, commissioned by Sydney Festival, Perth Festival and Adelaide Festival, and co-produced by Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company.

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VISITOR SAFETY INFORMATION

This production will proceed at 100% capacity. Please note you will be seated alongside other ticket holders.

All attendees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Vaccination status will be sighted at entry to the theatre on arrival as part of the Service NSW QR Check In process. All Sydney Theatre Company staff on site are subject to the same vaccination requirement. 

Face masks must be worn at all times. Face masks are mandatory, please bring and wear a well fitted mask over your nose and mouth.

The requirements listed are part of a suite of comprehensive safety measures. The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving. Please check the most up-to-date Visitor Safety Measures prior to your visit.


TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets
Premium*
Mon – Thu $110
Fri – Sat $129
*Concessions and discounts are not available on Premium Reserve tickets.

A Reserve
Adult Mon – Thu $100
Adult Fri – Sat $109

Seniors cardholder $95
Pensioner/Student $80
Under 30 $49

B Reserve
Adult Mon – Thu $90
Adult Fri – Sat $99
Seniors cardholder $85
Pensioner/Student $72
Under 30 $49

C Reserve
Adult $80
Seniors cardholder $75
Pensioner/Student $64
Under 30 $49

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings: no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

Prices are correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

DATES

Season 1 Aug – 8 Aug 2022

Performance start times
In-season evening performances Mon & Tue 6.30pm; Wed – Sat 7.30pm
Matinee performances Sat 1.30pm
Schools performances 12.30pm

Approx. duration 1hrs 30mins (no interval). Subject to change. More info.


TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets
Premium*
Mon – Thu $110
Fri – Sat $129
*Concessions and discounts are not available on Premium Reserve tickets.

A Reserve
Adult Mon – Thu $100
Adult Fri – Sat $109

Seniors cardholder $95
Pensioner/Student $80
Under 30 $49

B Reserve
Adult Mon – Thu $90
Adult Fri – Sat $99
Seniors cardholder $85
Pensioner/Student $72
Under 30 $49

C Reserve
Adult $80
Seniors cardholder $75
Pensioner/Student $64
Under 30 $49

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings: no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

Prices are correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Concession, seniors and under 30 tickets
Suitable and valid identification must be provided for collection of tickets and at the venue, such as your concession or proof of age card. Alternatively, you may email a copy of your identification to [email protected]. Please quote your booking reference number.

Access requirements
For specific access requirements, please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 to book your seats. More info.

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event is Sydney Theatre Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, and Sydney Festival. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info.

Director Stephen Page
Choreographer Stephen Page and the Bangarra Dance Theatre Dancers
Composer Steve Francis
Set Designer Jacob Nash
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Dramaturg Alana Valentine
Music Director Alan John
Assistant Director Kate Dunn
Associate Music Director Véronique Serret
Language Consultant Donna Page

With
Elaine Crombie, Jess Hitchcock, Elma Kris, Justin Smith

Musicians
Brendon Boney, Amaru Derwent, Tessa Nuku, Véronique Serret

Marketing image Daniel Boud

This listing is updated as cast and creatives are confirmed in the lead-up to the production, and if there are any changes to the team. Ensure you have the most up-to-date information about each play by opting in to our enewsletter.

★★★★★ "A hugely ambitious, breathtaking production" Limelight

★★★★★ "Moving and fearless" Time Out 

"[The] ensemble are artful and kinetic in each of these varied, highly emotional scenes, giving impact to Page’s fine story-driving choreography." Stage Whispers

★★★★★ "Intensely powerful" The AU Review

★★★★½ "An epic piece of storytelling" Sydney Morning Herald

 "Wudjang: Not the Past is a feast for the eyes as well as ears" The Australian

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