In its 30th anniversary year, Bangarra Dance Theatre will travel to Canada and the United States to present the company’s 27th international tour.
Throughout October-November, Bangarra will deliver its first major national tour of Canada, presenting an ambitious five-city tour to Brantford, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as an inter-cultural residency at Six Nations of the Grand River; the country’s largest First Nations reserve. To complete the tour, the company will perform in Chicago for the first time at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, known for its world-class programming and work as a cultural anchor in the United States.
International touring is an essential part of Bangarra’s role as ambassadors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, underpinning the company’s commitment to sharing the strength and resilience of Australia’s First Peoples on the world stage.
Compelling contemporary dance, soul-stirring soundscapes and uniquely Australian stories – Bangarra is a company at the peak of its powers. In superb form after the sold-out season of Bennelong, Bangarra Dance Theatre returns with a major new dance work, DARK EMU at the Sydney Opera House.
BANGARRA is back in Carriageworks, Sydney with a triple bill of new works and contemporary Australian stories.
ONES COUNTRY is a repertoire created from indigenous heritage – original and authentic material gathered from community elders and converted into a diverse program of choreographic talents.
Artistic Director Stephen Page sees this program as the spine of their stories. It brings together the choreographic work of dancers Elma Kris and Nicola Sabatino teaming up for a Torres Strait island story titled (Whistler). Djakapurra Munyarryun, a songman, dancer and foundation member of Bangarra creates his first choreographic work (Ngathu). Dancer Kaine Sultan-Babij’s family totem the caterpillar, is brought out in a series of fluid, grounded undulations in a work titled (Place).
ONES COUNTRY is a powerful and passionate production. The pulsating rhythm, combined with the costumes and artistry of the dancers certainly raises the tempo. Bangarra has so far never failed to impress, particularly with some of the most experienced and versatile dancers in the county in action.
ONES COUNTRY plays at Carriageworks from 24 November to 2 December for more information visit:
The Bangarra Dance Company’s new production brings to light the story of Patyegarang, a remarkable young indigenous woman,
When the colonial fleet first arrived in Eora country in the late 18th Century, Patyegrarang, a young indigenous woman, befriended Lieutenant William Dawes, gifting him her language in an incredible display of trust and friendship.
The Company, under Artistic Director Stephen Page, have fashioned this latest work from various archival records including diaries maintained by Lt Dawes that were rediscovered in 1972. Dawes, an astronomer, mathematician and linguist by profession, recorded all his encounters with Patyegarang in his notebooks.