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2009 Corporate Media Release - Bangarra's 20th Anniversary

 Media Release

Sydney Opera House congratulates Bangarra Dance Theatre on celebrating its 20th anniversary

Thursday, August 27: Sydney Opera House Chief Executive Richard Evans today congratulated Bangarra Dance Theatre for celebrating its 20th anniversary.

“Bangarra has made an enormous contribution to the Australian and international arts landscape over the past two decades,” Mr Evans said.

“This year marks an important milestone and the entire company, past and present, under the direction of the wonderful Stephen Page should be applauded for their continued hard work and dedication. We wish them the very best ahead of tomorrow night’s opening of their latest work, Fire – A Retrospective, in the Drama Theatre.  The Opera House is proud to be associated with Bangarra as they continue to make a critical contribution to the mix of local and international dance, theatre and music on offer at Sydney Opera House.”

Bangarra, meaning ‘to make fire' in traditional Wiradjeri language, was formed by an energetic and talented group of NAISDA graduates in 1989 and has evolved to become one of Australia’s leading contemporary dance companies.

Touring extensively to great acclaim throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and the USA, Bangarra has performed regularly at Sydney Opera House since 1999.

Under the inspirational Artistic Direction of Stephen Page, Bangarra has strived to maintain the cultural integrity and spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tradition and combine it with contemporary expressions of dance and music to create unique, theatrical experiences; and to deliver these experiences to audiences across Australia and around the world.

In celebration of Bangarra’s 20th anniversary, Page has created a nostalgic work entitled Fire – A Retrospective, featuring the most memorable and compelling elements of the company’s repertoire during its extraordinary 20-year journey.

Fire – A Retrospective will visit Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle and Wollongong from August to November. The tour includes a Reunion Night for all past performers and special friends of Bangarra and a gala performance at Sydney Opera House on September 26.

As part of Spring Dance, Stephen Page will be in conversation with dance critic Jill Sykes in The Studio on September 6. A highlight of Sydney Opera House’s inaugural celebration of dance, they will look back at the company’s 20-year history and show highlights from Bangarra’s repertoire.

Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
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