Jan 8 - 26, 2020
One Yellow Rabbit and Arts Commons Presents, BD&P World Music


Black Arm Band


A one-of-a-kind performance that speaks of endurance, challenge, unity and the triumph of the spirit.

Journey through Australia’s cultural heartland in a theatrical, visually sumptuous, multimedia performance. This collective of musicians, composers, dancers and filmmakers tell deeply felt stories with stunning imagery, traditional and contemporary song, performed in 11 Indigenous languages with traditional instruments including the didgeridoo.

Entertaining as it educates, their performance dirtsong raises awareness of the importance, resonance and contribution that Aboriginal traditions have on global culture, as well as the issues that Indigenous people face worldwide.

Black Arm Band is an Australian Aboriginal music and theatre collective, celebrating over 40,000 years of Indigenous music, culture and language. Using sumptuous visual projections, costumes, and text, this super group of musicians, composers, directors and film makers create contemporary work that resonates with the triumph of the spirit.

Co-presented with Arts Commons Presents as part of the BD&P World Music.


High Performance Rodeo: Black Arm Band's dirtsong brings universal scope to Australia's indigenous communities.  Check out the January 28 article in the Calgary Herald by clicking here

Black Arm Band sat in studio with CBC's Homestrech.  To listen to the January 31 interview, click here

What they're saying

"An uplifting experience that said more about black and white solidarity than a million parliamentary speeches."
- The West Australian


Original text: Alexis Wright
Original concept: Steven Richardson
Black Arm Band artistic director: Emma Donovan
dirtsong artistic director: Fred Leone
Musical director: Michael Meagher
Arrangements and orchestrations: Andrea Keller, Eugene Ball and Julien Wilson with Black Arm Band
Lighting designer: Michelle Preshaw
Production management: Daniel Gosling
Stage management: Kay Brockelsby
Audio engineer: Patrick Murray
Screen visuals: Natasha Gadd, Rhys Graham, Daybreak Films
Producer: Sarah Greentree
Cast (singers): Fred Leone, Troy Brady, Deline Briscoe/Ursula Yovich,Shellie Morris,Nicole Lampton & featuring Michelle St. John
Band: Tjupurru Yidaki (Didjeridoo), Michael Meagher (Bass), Rory McDougall (Drums), Mark Limacher (Piano), Jonathan Lewis (Violin), Oliver Miguel (Saxophone).


Canada Council for the Arts



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