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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.

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

2018 Season

Compelling contemporary dance, soul-stirring soundscapes and uniquely Australian stories – Bangarra Dance Theatre is at the peak of its powers. In superb form after the sold-out season of Bennelong, the company returns in 2018 with a major new dance work, Dark Emu

Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book of the same name, Dark Emu explores the vital life force of flora and fauna in a series of dance stories directed by Stephen Page. With long-time Bangarra collaborators Steve Francis (music), Jacob Nash (sets) and Jennifer Irwin (costumes) bringing their impeccable aesthetic to the production, Dark Emu will satisfy your spirit and connect you to Country.

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.