Stephen Page was studying at NAISDA Dance College in the 1980s when he heard about Stamping Ground, a 1983 dance piece created by celebrated Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián. Page was fascinated by the backstory to the piece, which had its roots in Aboriginal dance, and was aware that nothing like that had ever happened before.

Tyrel Dulvarie and Rika Hamaguchi. Photo © Daniel Boud

“Jiří was almost doing a Bangarra before Bangarra even...

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