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Partyegarang
From 12 June 2014
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, Bangarra – Australia’s multi award winning dance theatre company – tells the story of Patyegarang, the inspirational journey of a potent Indigenous spirit alive in Australia’s past and present.

As the colonial fleet arrived on Eora country in the late 18th Century, Patyegarang befriended the colony’s timekeeper, Lieutenant William Dawes, gifting him her language in an extraordinary display of trust and friendship, which now inspires our imaginations about ‘first contact’.

In Dawes’ notebooks, rediscovered in 1972, are transcripts of this remarkable cultural exchange. Patyegarang's words are a window into a rich, complex and utterly different perspective on her world, its values and its sacred meanings.

Bangarra liberates Patyegarang from the library shelves, putting spirit into her heart, as a striking visionary and educator.

This deeply moving production is told through the acclaimed creativity of Stephen Page’s choreography and David Page’s soundscape, in a powerful and meaningful dance theatre experience.

CREDITS
Choreography - Stephen Page
Music - David Page
Set Design - Jacob Nash
Costume Design - Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Design - Nick Schlieper
Dramaturgy - Alana Valentine

Watch behind-the-scene of this photoshoot. 

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Bangarra Artists
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

Patyegarang Artists
Choreography - Stephen Page
Music - David Page
Set Design - Jacob Nash
Costume Design - Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Design - Nick Schlieper
Dramaturgy - Alana Valentine

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About Bangarra Dance Theatre

Breathtaking…even mindblowing The Australian

Exhilarating and Engrossing Sydney Morning Herald

Simply Exquisite Sun Herald

As Australia's leading Indigenous performing arts organisation, Bangarra Dance Theatre fulfills a dual role of creative producer and cultural agent. Bangarraʼs key objectives are to contribute to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians and to tell their stories through innovative world-class dance theatre. Bangarra tours extensively to national, regional and remote centres across Australia and internationally each year.

In meeting its cultural responsibilities Bangarra invests in building and maintaining relationships with traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island elders and communities across Australia. Their ancient and contemporary stories, songs and dances influence Bangarraʼs works in a process of rekindling and honouring language and customs.

Under the leadership of Stephen Page as Artistic Director since 1991, Bangarra is committed to developing the next generation of Indigenous storytellers through mentoring and training young people. Established in 2013, the Rekindling Youth Program builds on Bangarraʼs 20 years of experience working with young people and aims to inspire them in their role as future custodians of their culture. By reinvesting the companyʼs knowledge and expertise,Rekindling uses dance to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths with their cultures.

As an exemplary employer of Indigenous people, Bangarra has supported the professional development of over 100 artists since inception in 1989. In formalising the companyʼs employment practices, in 2011 a new Indigenous Employment Program commenced that has enabled young Indigenous trainees and interns to join Bangarra for professional experience and/or completion of formal education in the performing arts. Indigenous employment has grown from 16 in 2010 to 32 today across performance, production and administration.

Joining Stephen Page, in the companyʼs creative and cultural leadership, are artists-in-residence, Kathy Balngayngu Marika, Jacob Nash, Hetti Perkins, David Page and Frances Rings. Their wealth of creativity and distinctive voices bring depth and breadth to Bangarraʼs theatrical storytelling.

Based at Sydney's Walsh Bay, the fourteen member dance ensemble originates from across Australia reflecting manyAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clans. Bangarra is chaired by Larissa Behrendt, a leading Aboriginal lawyer, writer and academic and receives funds from the Australia Council for the Arts, the Commonwealth Governmentʼs arts funding authority and from the NSW Government through Arts NSW. 

Bangarra has a loyal cohort of corporate and media partners BHP Billiton, Qantas, Boral, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and SBS and a growing number of private donors and patrons including the Annamila Foundation, George Hicks Foundation, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and Tim Fairfax Family Foundation whose philanthropic support helps to secure the company for future generations.
 

Bangarra Dance Theatre Australiaʼs vision is to:
- Respect and rekindle the links between traditional Indigenous cultures of Australia and new forms of contemporary artistic expression

- Create inspiring dance theatre productions of integrity and excellence that resonate with people throughout Australia and the world. 

Find out more about Bangarra Dance Theatre or contact us at bangarra@bangarra.com.au
 

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