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.
|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)|
History Units 3 & 4: Australian History
Indigenous Languages of Victoria: Revival and Reclamation