EVERY AUSTRALIAN NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK. Bruce Pascoe combed the archives of white settler accounts to prove that Aboriginal Australia had a complex and highly sophisticated agricultural system in place - before colonisers destroyed much of it. This book is groundbreaking because it completely blows out of the water white Australia’s racist assertions of a) terra nullius and b) that the First Peoples of our nation were uncivilised.
The mainstream version of Australian history needs a REVOLUTION and it is here in this book! Thank you Bruce Pascoe for writing it; you’ve shown white Australia how much knowledge and wisdom Aboriginal culture holds.
Volcanic lightning may have sparked life on Earth. In the Miller-Urey experiment, a mixture of gases were heated and zapped with electricity to mimic lightning. This created five identifiable amino acids. Instead of Darwin’s warm little pond being the entire ocean, the warm little pond could have consisted of volcanic island tide pools and lagoons. The original spark of life may have begun in a warm little pond, with all sorts of ammonia and phosphoric salts, lights, heat, electricity, etc. present, so that a protein compound was chemically formed ready to undergo still more complex changes. All that would then be needed is electricity – and many large volcanic eruptions are accompanied by spectacular lightning. ”says Jeffrey L. Bada, professor of Marine Chemistry and former Director of the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training (NSCORT) in Exobiology in the Geologic Research Division at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego. (PhD in Chemistry under the direction of Stanley Miller in 1968). New Scientist Oct 16, 2008. Volcanic lightning may have sparked life on Earth.
After traveling across four states to perform 63 shows, Bangarra’s Dark Emu national tour has come to an end. Our work would not be possible without the support of our audiences and we thank each and everyone of you that shared our journey with us.
As we conclude our season we reflect on the spirit of resilience and hope through Alana Valentine’s closing passage: “I am the rock that holds the heat, after the sun has set. Thank you my country
I am the grain that takes the oil, after the pouring is done. Thank you my country
I am the stone soaking up water, long since retrieved from the pool. Thank you, my country
I am the spirit of country, still giving all life to the land. Thank you, my country” 📸 @daniel.boud
I am not Indigenous, but I am Australian. I am not connected to the millenia-old dreaming of one of the world's oldest living cultures. But when I watch @bangarradancetheatre perform, I feel such a connection to my country, from its distant past to its recent history. No other dancers, choreography, music or staging have ever had such an emotional impact on me. Each. And. Every. Time. For all our sakes, please keep dancing and telling the stories of Country and our country. #darkemu#darkemu2018
Up in the sky there is a giant emu. They have been there all along, in the calendar in the sky. Above our heads, a creator spirit, their long form stretches in the dust clouds of the Milky Way from the Coalsack to beyond Scorpius. And this is where Bangarra Dance Theatre’s (@bangarradancetheatre) ‘Dark Emu’ begins. Looking up. Connected. Looking back. Connected. Looking forward. Connected. Like the emu detectable in the night sky, which has been there all along.
Defined not by stars, but by the dark smudges in between. If this were a drawing, we’d say the emu was there in the negative space, in the background. And if this were a #dance , which it is, we’d say this is where it begins, and, being cyclical, where it will pass by again as it continues its rotation. Reading the form mapped between the stars: a whole new world opens up before my eyes. Moreover, if this were life, which it most certainly is, we’d say, as expressed by Yolande Brown, one of the choreographers of ‘Dark Emu’, together with director Stephen Page, Daniel Riley, and the dancers of Bangarra, “these are stories, ideas and practices we should all be able to access, learn from and #respect …. As Australians awaken from a kind of collective amnesia”, ‘Dark Emu’ is the conversation we need to have, the story we need to be told, the relearning that needs to occur.
Continue reading my response on @fjordreview:
Image credit (detail): Daniel Boud (@daniel.boud)
✨An incredible performance by @bangarradancetheatre of Bruce Pasco’s Dark Emu, adaptation of the must-read book about the ingenuity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; the untold history of Australia and the longest living culture! Such beauty in the fluid movement as individuals with the group dances together, stunning sets and a ‘moving’ performance! 😊Thank you! ✨
Tonight Mum and I experienced Bangarra’s Dark Emu, it was earthy, hypnotic, emotional and mesmerising. Thank you my country. Telling it as it is. 👏💖Bravo to the artistic creators and the artists who gave their all tonight. #bangarra#darkemu
This month's book is Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe. Bruce's book is all that people say it is, thought provoking and important. So much of what we thought we knew is wrong.
I'm keen to try baking with kangaroo grass flour but in the meantime I made a loaf with saltbush and bush tomatoes #darkemu#bookgroupbaking
Technology has come such a long way that you can read everything on a computer, phone or kindle, but there is definitely something magical about picking up and turning the pages of a real book!
What's on your current reading list? Here are a few of our current faves.
The most beautiful thing I have seen in years. Be kind to yourselves and see if you can find a ticket. #Repost @bangarradancetheatre with @get_repost
“a physical and visceral dialogue between dance and text. In collaboration with the dancers, three choreographers offer a beautiful evocation of the living relationship between people and plants and the impact of colonisation.” says Australian Book Review of our powerful new work Dark Emu. Our #Melbourne season is completely sold-out, but if you’re still looking for tickets please call @artscentremelbourne’s box office on the day of each performance should any final tickets be released. 📸 @daniel.boud
My fabulous friend Anna Sinn and I have been going to Bangarra dance theatre show for last 3 years. This year’s show is Dark Emu and we are going to see it this Friday night. I wanted to make an indigenous theme dress for the occasion. I found this fabric( screen printed in Darwin)a few years ago in local opshop. Perfect print for this special night out. #handmade#sewing#crafts#dress#opshopfinds#screenprint#australia#bangarra#darkemu
What a moving experience this week to attend Bangarra’s interpretation of Bruce Pascoe’s book Dark Emu. My sister and I were brought to tears. If you are Australian...or even human...I recommend you educate yourself on the real history of our nation’s first people...in fact the earth’s first people. The truth we were all taught at school has been found to be incorrect and is verified by Pascoe’s research of diaries by white explorers. Google Pascoe’s talks on youtube, you will be amazed and inspired by our Indigenous brothers and sisters. I look forward to the day this information is part of every curriculum, as it deserves to be. Thank you @bangarradancetheatre for such a beautiful production. #bangarra#indigenous#aboriginal#torresstrait#australia#dance#contemporarydance#qpac#darkemu#brucepascoe#truthtelling#indigenousdance#inspiration#australia#firstpeople
Last night, the opening of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s (@bangarradancetheatre) ‘Dark Emu’ in Melbourne at the Playhouse (following Community Night), and I am still sifting through all I have seen and felt, and still see and feel. Until I find my own adequate words to describe the beauty and assault, the truth and interconnectedness of ‘Dark Emu’, I’ll leave you with those of Bruce Pascoe, from his book, ‘Dark Emu, Black Seeds: agriculture or accident’, which lays bare the hunter-gather myth. ‘Dark Emu’ (#DarkEmu2018 ), the dance, and ‘Dark Emu’, the book, two works everyone would be better for seeing and reading. “The stain is deep in our chalk and until we can accept what the explorers saw as part of the national story our debate of national origins, character and attributes is hobbled by ignorance”. (Thanks @nine_things X)
(Image credit: Daniel Riley, Tyrel Dulvarie, Rika Hamaguchi, and Yolanda Lowatta; photograph: Daniel Boud @daniel.boud)
“Tonight’s experience with Bangarra is just like every other night I’ve experienced. For the last 25 years I have been following the family with my heart, my soul and vision and I’m so proud. I’m emotionally stirred to see beautiful mob on stage, expressing and being so passionate and keeping our culture alive. It's just such an honour to be here. We’re looking at royalty. As an Elder, it is an honour to come along once again and be a part of Community Night and to hear the love and support around us all. It’s just so inspiring for our young ones, we’ve got babies in arms here, so keep going and I love you.” says actor, writer and Elder Tammy Anderson of her experience of Dark Emu at our Melbourne Community Night performance, made possible by the generous support of The Balnaves Foundation. 🖤💛❤️ 📸 @libadibdib
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Got whisked away by the delightful @art.of.living.ayurveda to this extraordinary performance on the weekend. An incredible book turned into the most beautiful, deeply moving performance.
Thankyou Bruce Pascoe
This hangs above our bed in the hotel. We greeted each other warily upon our arrival. As it happens this dinosauric bird face perfectly sums up the trials of our getaway with the kids. Trying. Failing. Fiercely trying again. Feeling the weight of a bad nights sleep impacting your reasoning. Yucky holiday internal dialogue and too high expectations. The hard truths. #darkemu#winterweekend#itsnotyourfaultcanberra#twoyearolds#wegotlostridingbikes
Well this absolutely blew my mind! Yesterday my mum and I were able to see @bangarradancetheatre perform 'Dark Emu', a dance performance based on the novel by Bruce Pascoe. This story is so important - I feel an urgency to encourage every Australian to read it so that we can rewrite the narrative. The white mans lies/agenda is dying in the face of this truth.
I'm so touched to have witnessed this story shared through such a creative way and the beauty of all the dancers passion. Thankyou for sharing your gifts with the world Bangarra dance theatre!
Always on the lookout for curriculum content, especially for 'alternative' history - you know, the stuff that has been completely omitted, ignored or erased from our 'official' Australian historical narrative. I had heard about this book, been wanting to read it, finally made time to do it. 'Dark Emu' by Bruce Pascoe - ensure you get a copy. The depth of information expands way beyond the purely nomadic, aimless wandering hunter-gatherer stereotype around First Australians. The sophistication of agricultural activity including food management, surplus food production and storage, water/land management, and also associated settlement, is described in detail. From my own studies and research I was aware that dominant perception of pre-contact Aboriginal practice was inadequate at best, and a tragedy at worst, but this book takes understanding to a whole new level. Wonder how long this content will take to have official inclusion in official history curriculum? Hopefully it is read by agriculturalists as well as the rest of us in this amazing country. Get a copy!! 👌🌿
@bangarradancetheatre soooo excited to see @tyrelleonardlloyd @beaudrsmith @balaluke
Such wonderful role models for ATSI people.....this show is going to be incredible......Dark Emu @atqpac 👊🏽❤️💛🖤 #bangarra#darkemu#qpac#indigenouspride