After our Commonwealth Games collaboration, The Pulse was delighted to be asked by Bangarra Dance Company to contribute to EORA – Dark Emu, a large-scale projection designed especially for the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s Southern Pylon. It was a beautiful and poignant addition to Vivid Sydney 2018.
The captivating projection marries Aboriginal history, dance, art and architecture in a striking visual aesthetic as the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Created by Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page and Head of Design Jacob Nash, the work features Bangarra dancers captured at 800 frames per second and shows the unbreakable connection between earth and sky.
The projection is inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book, Dark Emu, which explores the vital life force of flora and fauna and challenges the ‘hunter-gatherer’ myth of pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians.
The innovative artwork was made alongside some of Sydney’s leading creatives, including award-winning Director of Photography Bonnie Elliott, film editor Simon Njoo and Bangarra composer Steve Francis.
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