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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

2017 Season

Bangarra Dance Theatre is acclaimed worldwide for its authentic storytelling, moving performances and utterly distinctive voice. In 2017, the company returns with Bennelong, a new full-length work by Artistic Director Stephen Page.

Woollarawarre Bennelong was a senior man of the Eora, from the Port Jackson area in Sydney. With extraordinary curiosity and diplomacy, Bennelong led his community to survive a clash of cultures, and left a legacy that reverberates through contemporary life. 

Bennelong is Bangarra at its best. In a unique Australian dance language, the company celebrates the continuation of life and culture, with the power, artistry and passion of the country’s most acclaimed dancers. With its immersive soundscapes and exquisite design, Bennelong will leave you in awe of Australia’s history – and its power to repeat. 

Don’t miss this chance to experience Bangarra in 2017.

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 has developed a signature body of 23 works and continues to reinvent Indigenous story-telling, notably directing the Indigenous sections for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies. 

To celebrate Bangarra’s 25th anniversary in 2014, Stephen choreographed Patyegarang. In 2016, celebrating his 25th year as Artistic Director, Stephen received both the NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award and JC Williamson Award, as well as premiering Nyapanyapa, his 23rd work for Bangarra, as part of the OUR land people stories triple bill.

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

Premiering in June at the Sydney Opera House, Bennelong (a work based on the life of Woollarawarre Bennelong, a senior man of the Eora Nation) will mark Stephen’s 24th work for Bangarra.