Black Arm Band and the MSO

Ngangwurra Means Heart

Princess Theatre

Saturday 30 November 2013 at 7:30pm


30 years ago we were marching for justice down the city streets, now we’re telling our stories in the concert halls. – Archie Roach

ngangwurra means heart is a major new collaboration from Black Arm Band and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The partner piece to Black Arm Band’s acclaimed dirtsong, ngangwurra means heart spins a magical musical yarn about what it really means to be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in Australia today.

Visually rich, theatrical, poetic and playfully subversive, it brings together over thirty performers including MSO musicians to present seven new musical commissions performed in five Aboriginal languages. The stage will become a magical realm where extraordinary visual scenes are constructed as part of the storytelling.

The Black Arm Band Company has produced six major-scale productions to date: murundak (Melbourne International Arts Festival 2006), Hidden Republic (Melbourne International Arts Festival 2008) and dirtsong (Melbourne international Arts Festival October 2009) and has been involved in several other major projects including Seven Songs to Leave Behind (Melbourne International Arts festival 2010), notes from the hard road and beyond (Melbourne International Arts Festival 2011), The Women of dirtsong (Four Winds Festival 2010) and Mamiath/Mothertongue (directed by Lou Bennett) for London 2012 Olympics Festival.

ngangwurra is Yorta Yorta for ‘heart’.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its Arts funding and advisory body.This project has been made possible through the assistance of the Linnel/Hughes Trust, managed by Perpetual, Ken and Asle Trust, managed by Perpetual, The Perpetual Foundation – Alan (AGL Shaw) endowment – Australia Council

This project is also supported by: Arts Victoria, ABC, VicHealth, City of Melbourne, The Fred Hollows Foundation, 3 PBS FM and Crumpler.


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