dance stories of land and sea
Deeply moving performances and authentic storytelling presented on stage by some of Australia’s best dancers are at the heart of lore – Bangarra’s brand-new work touring nationally in 2015.
Artistic Director Stephen Page brings together three powerful and passionate Bangarra artists to choreograph this double-bill: award-winning Frances Rings is joined by emerging choreographic voices Deborah Brown and Waangenga Blanco.
From the enigmatic waters of the Torres Strait Islands to the deeply rooted inland trees in Australia, the trio draw a realistic portrayal of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In these heartfelt dance works, they explore themes of identity, inequality, climate change and sustainability with a hopeful and positive outlook for the future.
lore showcases Bangarra’s unique contemporary dance form with its compelling Australian storytelling expression – an unforgettable night at the theatre.
Artistic Director: Stephen Page
Sheoak Choreography: Frances Rings
I.B.I.S Choreography: Deborah Brown & Waangenga Blanco
Music: David Page & Steve Francis
Set Design: Jacob Nash
Costume Design: Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Design: Karen Norris
SeasonAfter the deeply-moving performances and authentic storytelling of lore: dance stories of land and sea, Bangarra has continued on touring nationally and regionally across Australia, internationally and this November and December they are back in Sydney for a season of Ochres at Carriageworks.
2016 marks Bangarra’s 12th year as a Sydney Opera House Resident Company, having performed at this iconic venue 344 times, and will bring another captivating season to the Drama Theatre next year.
Artistic Director - Stephen Page
Cultural Consultant - Kathy Balngayngu Marika
Resident Designer - Jacob Nash
Resident Composer - David Page
Resident Curator - Hetti Perkins
Resident Choreographer - Frances Rings
Artistic Director – Stephen Page
She Oak – Choreography Frances Rings
I.B.I.S – Choreography Deborah Brown & Waangenga Blanco
Music – David Page
Set – Jacob Nash
Costume – Jennifer Irwin
Company OverviewBangarra is an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies. We are widely acclaimed nationally and around the world for our powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voice and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design.
Led by Artistic Director Stephen Page, we celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2014 and achieved our highest box office results since the company’s inception.
Our dance technique is forged from over 40,000 years of culture, infused with contemporary movement. The company’s 16 dancers are professionally trained, dynamic artists who represent the pinnacle of Australian dance. Each has a proud Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background, from various locations across the country.
Our relationships with Indigenous communities are the heart of Bangarra, with our repertoire created on country and stories gathered from respected community Elders. It’s this inherent connection to our land and people that makes us unique and enjoyed by audiences from remote Australian regional centres to New York.
Bangarra’s annual program includes a national tour of a world premiere work, performed in Australia’s most iconic venues; a regional tour allowing audiences outside of capital cities the opportunity to experience Bangarra, and an international tour to maintain our global reputation for excellence.
Complementing this touring roster are education programs, workshops and special performances and projects, planting the seeds for the next generation of performers and storytellers.
Authentic storytelling, outstanding technique and deeply moving performances are Bangarra’s unique signature.
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