| BNE July/August 2016
Stephen Page celebrates 25 years as artistic director of
Bangarra Dance Theatre with his latest work for
but he’s quick to pass the compliments to the
three other emerging choreographers whose work is also
part of the triple bill program. Jasmin Sheppard, Beau Dean
Riley Smith and (QUT graduate) Daniel Riley have all been
dancers with the company before turning their talents to
creating works of their own.
“They are the next generation of cultural leaders who
have been nurtured right here in our own backyard. It’s the
dancers who inspire our stories, and it’s their heritage, their
experience, their families and where they come from that
permeate our productions,” says Page.
Our land people
showcases three original works inspired by art,
history and family stories at Playhouse QPAC, 12-20 August.
Tickets from $59 plus fees. Seewww.qpac.com.au
Emma Louise is back
ans of Triple J will already know about Emma Louise’s latest
album. She let the name slip on air several months before its
release date and sang songs during her appearance at the Groovin
the Moo tour where she was glad to be back on stage after a short
, only her second full-length album, is officially available
at last and it’s a welcome return for the Cairns-born singer who turns 25
in July. But it’s the album that may not have been made.
She admits that making her first album was hard to do and, although
it received plaudits at home and abroad, when that work ended so did
her relationship. “I’m a sensitive person and it all became too much for
me. I needed that break” she says. For two years she went travelling and
exploring, “learning about life”, she says, and healing.
She drove a van around New Zealand staying in holiday parks
and buying fresh food from the side of the road; she holed up in a
cabin in Japan, discovered on Airbnb, where she was snowed in and
saw no one; she went to the US, Canada and Mexico. But she didn’t
leave music behind altogether. Eventually she found her way to
producer Pascal Gabriel in Provence, France, an introduction given
to her before she left and with no concrete plan to record. There, in
a castle (really), she found her love of music again – for nothing but
the pleasure of playing – and finally a new album was born.
The songs are true to her feelings, not only about the break-up,
but it’s easy to see where ‘Talk Baby Talk’, ‘Everything Will Be Fine’
and ‘Shut The Door’ are coming from; then there’s ‘Grace’, written
for the friend from school who has been there for her in tough times.
is not only testament to Emma Louise’s creativity as a
singer-songwriter. She also did the artwork for the album cover,
influenced by one of her own favourite artists, Ben Quilty.
is on sale from 15 July and Emma Louise will be at
Splendour in the Grass at North Byron Parklands 22-24 July.
Yolanda Lowatta in Our land people stories.
Photography by Edward Mulvihill