Bali Bali Balga

In this painting the dance of Bali Bali Balga is represented. This traditional dance is an intrinsic aspect of cultural life and is still regularly performed in the Kimberley. Dancers carry large thread cross totems on their shoulders and move with stamping feet and swaying body movements to the accompaniment of song and clapping boomerang. The thread-cross constructions of brightly coloured wools represent key elements of the dance story and include: the seven sisters, the morning star, two sailing ships and the key characters of the Bali Bali story.

Courtesy of Waringarri Aboriginal Arts

Year
2012
Medium
Ochre pigments on canvas
Measurement
900mm x 1200mm
Copyright Line
Copyright Waringarri Aboriginal Arts