Bangarra Dance Theatre

Bangarra Dance Theatre

Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organization and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, widely acclaimed around the world for its powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voice, and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design. Led by Artistic Director Stephen Page, Bangarra’s work is forged from over 65,000 years of culture, embodied with contemporary movement. Bangarra’s dancers each have a proud Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background, and each piece in the company’s repertoire draws on stories gathered from respected community elders.

Nyapanyapa (2016) choreography by Stephen Page; music by Steve Francis
Spirit (2004) choreography by Stephen Page, Frances Rings, Bernadette Walong-Sene; music by David Page, Steve Francis

Spirit features highlights from the company’s sell-out production Bush, as well as treasured moments from Bangarra’s repertoire. Set to a beautiful and haunting score composed by David Page and Steve Francis, Spirit is a lush and contemporary celebration of beauty, ritual and music. From the last breath of sunset to the first finger-light of dawn, the audience enters a mysterious and secret space to witness nature’s sacred poetry. Featuring Kathy Balngayngu Marika, a traditional elder from North East Arnhem, Spirit weaves storytelling, dance, theatre and music into an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Nyapanyapa, a work by Bangarra Artistic Director Stephen Page, is inspired by the beautifully textured painting of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Dancers Beau Dean Riley Smith and Daniel Riley explore the kinship systems of the Wiradjuri country in their work Miyagan, and the true history of Sydney is explored in Macq by Jasmin Sheppard, examining the two sides of Governor Macquarie.

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