Bangarra Dance Theatre: Copyright law and Indigenous culture

Rimmer, Matthew (2000) Bangarra Dance Theatre: Copyright law and Indigenous culture. Griffith Law Review, 9(2), pp. 274-302.

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Abstract

This article considers the artistic and legal practices of Bangarra Dance Theatre in a case study of copyright law management in relation to Indigenous culture. It is grounded in the particular local experience, knowledge and understanding of copyright law displayed by the performing arts company. The first part considers the special relationship between Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Munyarrun Clan. It examines the contractual arrangements developed to recognise communal ownership. The next section examines the role of the artistic director and choreographer. It looks at the founder, Carole Johnson, and her successor, Stephen Page. The third part of the article focuses on the role of the composer, David Page. It examines his ambition to set up a Indigenous recording company, Nikinali. Part 4 focuses upon the role of the artistic designers. It looks at the contributions of artistic designers such as Fiona Foley. Part 5 deals with broadcasts of performances on television, film, and multi-media. Part 6 considers the collaborations of Bangarra Dance Theatre with the Australian Ballet, and the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. The conclusion considers how Bangarra Dance Theatre has played a part ina general campaign to increase protection of Indigenous copyright law.

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ID Code: 85360
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Communal ownership, Contemporary Dance, Copyright law, Moral Rights, Performer's Rights, traditional knowledge
ISSN: 1839-4205
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2015 01:21
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2015 01:21

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