Complex and Cultural – Bloodland heads to QPAC

Bloodland This March, Queensland Theatre Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre will present a groundbreaking new indigenous theatre work by award winning Queenslander Stephen Page.

Bloodland is a Sydney Theatre Company and Adelaide Festival production in association with Bangarra Dance Theatre and will open at QPAC on March 14 for five performances only.

The production is what QTC Artistic Director, Wesley Enoch describes as “one of the most complex cultural projects created in recent time.”

“It is a landmark production and part of our partnership with QPAC to build significant Indigenous works and a long term strategy to expand the current scope of audiences, artists and producers,” he said.

Devised by the ‘cream of indigenous talent’ – choreographer Page, in collaboration with writer, director and actor Wayne Blair and Bangarra artist-in-residence and cultural consultant, Kathy Balngayngu Marika – Bloodland examines the classic theme of forbidden love, while also exploring issues of black-on-black conflict, and the challenges of observing traditional lore in a community permeated by Western culture. From three photographs that formed the seed of an idea, Stephen and Wayne developed this original work for over a year, collaborating with local storytellers in Arnhem Land.

“The language of this production is not restricted to the verbal, Bloodland incorporates spiritual and physical languages, ceremonial traditional dances and mimicry of modern western culture, filtered through aboriginal tradition,” Stephen Page said.

Featuring an Indigenous cast of twelve including established urban actors as well as traditional Yolngu storytellers; the production fuses traditional languages and Pidgin English as well as dance and song to tell the story.

14-18 March (5 performances only)

Where: Playhouse QPAC Cultural Centre, South Bank

Tickets: From $42 to $79, Youth $33

Booking: or call 136 246

Warning: Mild Violence

*Ticket price includes GST and Booking Fee. Please note transaction fees will apply


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