Every part of Australia is, always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. As a community gathering-place, a festival of arts, cultural exchange and celebration and as a site for the sharing of ideas and stories, Ten Days on the Island pays respect to the palawa – original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

Created by Sinsa Mansell co-directed by Sinsa Mansell & Kate Champion


World Premiere

45 mins


Creator, Co-Director & Performer Sinsa Mansell



Creator, Co-Director & Performer: Sinsa Mansell

Co-Director: Kate Champion

Producer: Annette Downs

Video Artist: Keith Deverell

Lighting Designer: Greg Thompson

Composer: Kelly Ryall

Sound Designer: Matthew Fargher

Costume Designer: Anja Rienalda

Dramaturge: Mariaa Randall (Stage 1, 2019)

Stage Manager: Andrew Macdonald

Production Manager: Simon Rush

Produced by Tasmania Performs

Event Warnings

This performance contains strong language at the beginning of the performance, moments of darkness, theatrical smoke/haze, and loud sounds.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patrons are advised that this work contains images of people who have died.

Covid Info

Ten Days on the Island is closely following and implementing all restrictions and recommendations advised by National and State Governments regarding event operations, you can find the relevant government information here.

Contact tracing: Contact information for patrons attending this event will be collected at the point of online, phone or box office ticket purchase. This information will be held for 28 days, in accordance with Government requirements, and used for contact tracing if necessary.

For more information on COVID-19 safety measures in place at Ten Days on the Island, follow this link.

Image: Jillian Mundy

pakana dancer Sinsa Mansell presents her solo work celebrating the culture and courage of Tasmanian Aboriginal women.

BACK is an original solo dance conveying a story of Indigenous women after the brutal invasion of lutruwita/Tasmania in 1803. It presents the journey of a young pakana woman worn down by the daily drudge of domestic servitude. Yearning for connection, her ancestral DNA fosters the strength to embrace her cultural identity as a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman.

lutruwita/Tasmania’s leading pakana dancer Sinsa Mansell explores her millennia-old culture, its near-destruction and the resistance and courage that preserved it.

Richly supported by sound and projection, Sinsa’s deeply personal dance theatre creation, in collaboration with co-director Kate Champion, draws from traditional pakana and contemporary dance forms.

BACK is produced by Tasmania Performs.



FULL PRICE: $29.00
GROUP (6+): $26.10
$4.95 transaction fee applies

Dates & Times

Theatre Royal - Studio Theatre Fri 19 March 2021 7:30 pm
Theatre Royal - Studio Theatre Sat 20 March 2021 7:30 pm
Theatre Royal - Studio Theatre Sun 21 March 2021 5:00 pm

Venue Details

Theatre Royal - Studio Theatre

29 Campbell St, nipaluna/Hobart

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BACK has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and through Regional Arts Australia, by the Tasmanian Government through Arts Tasmania, and by Hobart City Council.