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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

2020 Season

Join Bangarra as the company celebrates its 31st season with a stunning display of contemporary dance theatre. As Australia’s only major performing arts company with its origins in the land, Bangarra is inspired by 65,000 years of culture and the continual evolution of Indigenous storytelling.

Proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from all over Australia come together as a creative clan to harness a shared spirit. The result is Bangarra’s powerful dance language, and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design. At the helm is award-winning artistic director and choreographer Stephen Page. Together, they create original and breathtaking experiences. This is your chance to be part of it.

SandSong

Resonating under the vast Kimberley sky lie the stories of people and Country. Through the pindan red dust and dry spinifex grass, the undulating sandhills give rise to the movements of people in a shifting cycle of displacement and discontent.

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.