SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert | BREC

SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert

Run Time 75 minutes
Ticket Prices
Adult $55.00 + BF
Concession $45.00 + BF
Child $30.00 + BF
Group $50.00 + BF
Schools $15.00 + BF
Family 2A/2C - $155.00 + BF
BREC and Bangarra Dance Theatre Present Sandsong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert

Show Warning

This production contains political and social themes, including aspects and depictions related to traumatic events suffered by First Nations Peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following performance contains images and voices of deceased persons.

29 October 2022
7:30 pm

First Nations dance powerhouse Bangarra returns with a work inspired by the Kimberleys, telling the unique story of this Place and the survival of its People.

Under the vast Kimberley sky, the red pindan dust stretches across the desert homelands of the Walmajarri, where the ancient knowledge of People and of Country is preserved through Songlines that have endured for hundreds of generations.

At the heart of this land is the Living Water -Jila–that resides in desert waterholes across the region and is the basis of cultural beliefs and practices. SandSong tells the unique story of this Place and the survival of its People.

Between the 1920s and 1960s, Aboriginal people were removed off their Country and onto pastoral stations where they were forced into hard labour, usually for no wages and only minimal rations. Despite this displacement and cultural disruption, the Traditional People of the Western Desert have maintained unbroken connection to Land and Country -keeping songs, stories and kinship strong.

This is the Country of Wangkatjunga woman Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf (1967 –2019), a close cultural collaborator of Bangarra whose spirit, stories and artistic contributions have inspired a number of the company’s works and enriched the broader arts landscape. The Lawford family has long generational ties to this part of the Kimberley and are current owners of the pastoral lease for Bohemia Downs cattle station, allowing them the stability to continue to care for their Land, Culture and Community. SandSong is a journey into ancient story systems framed against the backdrop of ever-changing government policy and of the survival of people determined to hold strong to their Culture.

SandSong is created by Bangarra Dance Theatre in consultation with Wangkatjunga/Walmajarri Elders from the Kimberley and Great Sandy Desert regions, drawing on the stories, knowledge and memories of the past to create a new narrative for our Indigenous futures.

This work honours the legacy of Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf and her family -past, present and future.


Choreographers Stephen Page and Frances Rings
Cultural Consultants Putuparri Tom Lawford and Eva Nargoodah
Composer Steve Francis
Set Designer Jacob Nash
Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper

Tickets & Venue Info


$10 OPEN – I need a good night out but I’m still feeling the COVID pinch
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$60 FLING – I want to fling the door open and be a BREC champion

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“When it comes to the intrinsic connection between story, company and place, few dance works could compare to SandSong”
“It is impossible not to be swept away by the seemingly limitless scope of the narrative and its setting”

SMH ★★★★½

“New blood brings fresh life to familiar story”
“SandSong is a thoughtful and well-presented piece of storytelling”


“SandSong is a profound experience, enlightening and moving”
“Bangarra emerges from the enforced COVID break in magisterial form”
“All Bangarra performances are about that connection and SandSong is no exception. It is, however, exceptional.”


“SandSong proves Bangarra is one of Australia’s best dance companies”
“Stephen Page and Frances Rings have exquisitely choreographed a rich, evocative and powerful piece of contemporary dance”