Workshops with Choreographer of Milnjiya, Milky Way – River of Stars, Gary Lang

Join West Australian Ballet (WAB) for professional workshops with acclaimed choreographer and the Artistic Director of NT Dance Company, Gary Lang. Working with WAB on the development of Milnjiya, Milky Way – River of Stars for WAB’s 2018 Ballet at the Quarry season, this is a ground-breaking new work of Aboriginal dance meeting classical ballet.


Each session will begin with a warm up based on yoga, a ballet barre and contemporary technique, then move into a series of cultural steps and gestures derived from traditional dance, and work on repertoire from one of Gary’s upcoming pieces. Participants will be asked to bring their own understanding and experience of culture.


When:   10am – 1pm, Wednesday 10 – Saturday 13 January, 2018

Where:  West Australian Ballet Centre, 134 Whatley Crescent, Maylands

Cost; Early bird (before 13 December): $25 per session, or after 13 December: $30 per session


Participants may attend as many sessions as they wish, but must stay for the duration of each session. This opportunity is open to professional dancers and dance students at a tertiary institution.



About Milnjiya, Milky Way – River of Stars

Gary Lang is a First Nation Larrakia man whose family extends to Yirrkala in east Arnhemland. Gary’s work blends traditional Aboriginal dance, contemporary and classical ballet and has been described as hitting “clear note(s) of beauty and tenderness” (The Guardian) “specialising in incredible moments of partner work” (ArtsHub). This is a fantastic opportunity for professional and pre-professional dancers to learn from a choreographer at the forefront of aboriginal ballet choreography.


This is a ground-breaking collaboration between NT Dance and West Australian Ballet (WAB), fusing Aboriginal dance and classical ballet in a world premiere for WAB’s 2018 Ballet at the Quarry season. Gary’s vision for Milnjiya is to create a work around his people’s traditional song cycles and includes a traditional song man, didgeridoo (Yidaki) player and an Indigenous opera singer (Deborah Cheetham) integrated into the performance as part of the song cycle representing the spirit world.


This project is supported by the Australian Government Australia Council for the Arts, and Catalyst, the Australian Arts and Cultural Fund.