Exelon Family Series: Bangarra Dance Theatre

Bangarra Dance Theatre

Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organization and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, acclaimed nationally and around the world for their powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voice, and utterly unique soundscapes, music, and design.

Led by Artistic Director Stephen Page, Bangarra is currently in its 29th year but our dance technique is forged from over 65,000 years of culture, embodied with contemporary movement. The company’s dancers are professionally trained, dynamic artists who represent the pinnacle of Australian dance. Each has a proud Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background, from various locations across the country.

Bangarra was birthed in 1989 from the energy of NAISDA (National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association) founder Carole J Johnson, along with NAISDA graduates, and Rob Bryant and Cheryl Stone. That spark continues to animate the company today. 

The company’s relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are the heart of Bangarra, with its repertoire created on Country and stories gathered from respected community Elders.

It’s the inherent connection to their land and people that makes them unique and enjoyed by audiences from remote Australian regional centers to New York.

Bangarra’s annual program includes a national tour of a world premiere work, performed in Australia’s most iconic venues; a regional tour allowing audiences outside of capital cities the opportunity to experience Bangarra, and an international tour to maintain our global reputation for excellence.

Complementing this touring roster are education programs, workshops and special performances and projects, planting the seeds for the next generation of performers and storytellers.

Authentic storytelling, outstanding technique and deeply moving performances are Bangarra’s unique signature.