Cairns, 27th August, 2015 – Sharing stories of love, hardship, loss and friendship, families will come together, unite and ultimately shape their future legacy in Biddigal Dreaming, opening at the Centre of Contemporary Arts this Friday, August 28. 


Making a triumphant return for a second season as part of the Cairns Festival program, Biddigal Dreaming is a powerful and moving example of the legacy we leave and how that shapes our families’ future. 


Pauline Lampton, artistic director of Biddigal Performing Arts, said audiences who loved last year’s sell out performances, would fall in love all over again as the dancers aged 13 to 55 brought the stories of their elders, some as old as 130 years, to life.


“The audience will be asked to join us on a very personal journey as we capture the very tapestry of Australia’s Indigenous heritage and history by sitting with elders from the nations of Yidinji, Wiradjuri, Bundjalung, Warlawarra, Giddamay and descendants from the Tafea Province (Tanna Island, Vanuatu) who are now Australian South Sea Island descendants.”


Ms Lampton said while the show was returning for an encore season, which will run from August 28 to September 5, the performance had been taken to another level as the 18 dancers who are part of the show, matured as a group and continued their ongoing professional development. 


“We have taken Biddigal Dreaming to another level. We have employed a Sydney-based lighting designer to create the mood and feeling, while choreographically it has also stepped up another level. This year, we have tweaked some of the dances and added in more complex choreography.”


Making the most of the talented group of performers, Ms Lampton said Biddigal Dreaming wasn’t all dance based, with poetry, dialogue and music also shaping the work. 


“As we are an all encompassing performing arts organisation, we are not just centred on dance. We have children who are also really good at acting, singing, and playing instruments. 


“Each person has their own unique style and are quite versatile, which helps when we are looking for a particular character to play.


“In respect to Biddigal Dreaming we are truly truly honoured to be bearers of such intimate and personal stories, which reflect our elders’ storyline and cultural identity,” she added. 


Biddigal Dreaming will be showing at the Centre of Contemporary Arts from Friday, August 28 to Saturday, September 5. Tickets are A$24 and C$19 and can be purchased online at www.artscairns.com.au.




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