Help disadvantaged young people find their voice

Performance dates & times

Wednesday 11 Sep
12:30 PM

Running Time 45 minutes, with a 15 minute ‘In Conversation’ after the performance

Price range

Per student

One teacher for every 10 students will be admitted free of charge.

To apply for a First Call Fund subsidy for this program, click here.

This performance is now at capacity. Please email to be placed on the waiting list.

A celebration of contemporary dance, story and culture.

Inventor, author, philosopher, visionary.

Unaipon is Frances Rings’ monumental 2004 work about the man on the Australian $50 note. Born on a South Australian mission in the late 19th century, David Unaipon was a proud Ngarrindjeri man, a Christian, and a scholar of science and culture. Unaipon tells of his advocacy for better treatment of Aboriginal Australians, and his staunch belief that Indigenous and non-Indigenous people could coexist as equals, despite the incredible challenges he faced in his lifetime. Through Rings’ modern, propulsive choreography, performed to a powerful score by David Page, dancers trace the themes and preoccupations of David Unaipon’s vibrant intellect: the secret of perpetual motion, the philosophy of human existence, religion, power, and man’s relationship to land. Against a devastating background of destructive government policies, Unaipon’s proud Warrawaldi heritage shines forth as he reconciles a changing world while holding strong the customs and traditions of his people.

Classroom Connections

Curriculum Links

Learning Areas Capabilities Cross Curriculum Priorities
The Arts Critical and Creative Thinking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories & cultures
The Humanities Ethical Learning about Sustainability
Personal and Social
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Extended Investigation
History Units 3 & 4: Australian History
Indigenous Languages of Victoria: Revival and Reclamation

Themes and Ideas

  • First Nations culture
  • Dance theatre
  • Indigenous storytelling
  • Identity
  • Country and place
  • Community and kinship

Teacher Resources

Bangarra Study Guide – 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand.


Artistic Director
Stephen Page
Unaipon Choreography
Frances Rings
Daniel Boud

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