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Bennelong: Creative Learning

Featuring unique dance language and some of the country’s most acclaimed dancers, Bangarra Dance Theatre celebrates the continuation of life and culture through the power, artistry, passion and physicality of dance.

In the Studio

“Challenging stereotypes, shifting perceptions, enriching hearts and minds”

Jonathan Hill, Aboriginal Language Teacher, Vincentia High School, NSW

Bangarra - Bennelong

World Premiere

In a tumultuous time of Australia’s history, Woollarawarre Bennelong (a senior man of the Eora from the Port Jackson area in Sydney) and his community left us with a legacy that transcended ‘first contact’. Inspired by true events, this theatrical dance work highlights the extraordinary curiosity and diplomacy that led an Aboriginal community to survive a clash of cultures; contributing to the establishment of positive relationships between the Eora and the British.

Presented by Sydney Opera House and Bangarra Dance Theatre

NSW Curriculum Links




Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

General capabilities and cross- curriculum priorities



4.3.1 4.3.2

5.3.1 5.3.2 5.3.3

Preliminary Course P4.1, P4.2, P4.3, P4.4, P4.5

HSC Course H4.1, H4.2, H4.4

and creative thinking
Civics and citizenship
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Personal and social capability

Aboriginal Studies

Aboriginal performing arts



Preliminary Course
P1.1, P1.2, P1.3, P2.1, P2.2, P3.1, P3.2

HSC Course H1.1, H1.2, H1.3, H2.2, H3.1, H3.2, H3.3


Value and appreciate





Place and Liveability
Changing Places


GE5–2 GE5–3



Modern History

Understanding of ideas, movements, people and events that shaped Australia
The world at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century
National Studies

HT4–3 HT4–4

HT5–3 HT5–4

Preliminary Course
P1.1, P3.1, P3.4

HSC Course H1.1, H1.2, H3.1, H3.2, H3.4

Bennelong Tour by Sydney Opera House Tours

Take a tour before or after the performance with our world class Sydney Opera House tour guides. Created with Aboriginal historians and artists, this interactive tour about Bennelong Point (Tubowgule) is a great way to engage secondary students with the history of the site.

Add this tour to your performance booking

Your Creative Learning Journey

This live performance program comes with a dedicated Creative Learning Journey, featuring recommended activities for your students and a teacher resource pack. Equipped with our Creative Learning Journey, you’ll embark on a program of experiences designed for deeper learning, including live-streamed classroom workshops and tailor made professional learning.

Download Creative Learning Journey

Ticket and Travel Subsidy

The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing the very best national and international performing arts experiences to NSW students as part of their educational studies.

The Sydney Opera House Arts Assist program provides the full cost of the Creative Learning performance ticket and $5 per student toward travel costs. School applications are assessed according to socioeconomic disadvantage, schools with special needs and individual responses regarding the School Profile and School Community.

The Sydney Opera House thanks and acknowledges our generous Arts Assist donors; The Greatorex Foundation and Sydney Opera House Ladies’ Committee.

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