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Bangarra Dance Theatre

Bangarra Dance Theatre

Creating inspiring experiences that change society

Acclaimed around the world for its distinctive theatrical voice, powerful choreography, unique soundscapes and design, Bangarra is Australia's leading First Nations performing arts company. 

Founded in 1989, Bangarra has been led by Artistic Director Stephen Page since 1991. The company’s dance technique draws on more than 40,000 years of culture, embodied in contemporary movement. Bangarra’s dancers are classically trained, dynamic artists who represent the pinnacle of Australian dance. Each has a proud Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background.

“Australian dance at its best.”
The Sun-Herald

2022 Season

Bangarra is thrilled to return to the Sydney Opera House in 2022 with two iconic productions - SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert and the 10th anniversary tour of Terrain. 

Terrain is a breathtaking exploration of Australia's largest salt lake, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. The award-winning nine-part performance, choreographed by Frances Rings, evokes the power of body and land converging to bring spirit to place.

SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert, inspired by the Land and People of the Kimberley and Great Sandy Desert regions of Western Australia, tells a unique story of Place and the survival of its People. After an extraordinary effort to tour this production in 2021, Bangarra is grateful to finally share this resilient story with audiences once again.

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Bangarra Dance Theatre's 2022 Season

Bangarra is thrilled to return to the Sydney Opera House in 2022 with two iconic productions, SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert and the 10th anniversary tour of Terrain.

Bangarra Dancers
Stephen Page

Artistic Director Stephen Page

Born in Brisbane, Stephen is a descendant of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from South East Queensland.

Stephen continues to reinvent Indigenous storytelling within Bangarra and through collaborations with other performing arts companies. He directed the Indigenous sections for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies and created a new dance work as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. Stephen has choreographed over 25 works for Bangarra, including Helpmann award-winning Bennelong.

In 2017, Stephen was honoured with the Australia Council Dance Award for significant contributions to the cultural and artistic fabric of the nation.

This year, Stephen will present his last new work, Wudjang: Not the Past, as Bangarra’s Artistic Director.