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Bangarra Dance Theatre is proud to announce the appointment of Kokatha woman, Frances Rings as the company’s incoming Artistic Director. Rings will take on the role as Stephen Page announces that he will step down as Bangarra Artistic Director in early 2023.

Announcing the appointment, Bangarra Dance Theatre Chair Phillipa McDermott said, “Whilst this marks the end of an era, Frances Rings is an incredible artist and the perfect choice to carry the extraordinary legacy of Stephen Page into Bangarra’s next cycle. We are thrilled to welcome such a major talent with a deep connection to Bangarra.  Stephen is a national treasure and his legacy cannot be underestimated, he has done so much for this nation.  On behalf of the board I thank him for his unfailing dedication to his people and his work in bringing cultures together through art, which will be honoured forever more.”

Page’s resignation marks the end of an incredible 32-year tenure as Bangarra’s Artistic Director. A descendant of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from SE Queensland, Page was appointed Artistic Director in 1991. Over this time, he has developed an unsurpassed signature body of works that have become milestones in Australian performing arts history, setting a benchmark for storytelling not only across Australia, but internationally, and firmly establishing Bangarra as a critical part of the Australian cultural ecosystem. Continue reading FRANCES RINGS APPOINTED ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE


Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company, Bangarra  Dance Theatre is pleased to announce Wiradjuri woman Amy Flannery and Leon Rodgers, a  descendent of the Worimi nation, as the 2021 David Page Music Fellows.  

The Fellowship program offers the opportunity, as well as financial support, for two First  Nations composers to work and create with Bangarra in a culturally safe and collaborative  work environment while being supported by highly experienced mentors. The program will  culminate in a production outcome with the Bangarra Dance Ensemble as part of a season of  new short works premiering in early 2023. 

The David Page Music Fellowship program was initiated in 2017, in honour of Roy David Page,  Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Songman, Composer and Music Director. A proud Munaldjali and  Nunukal man, his legacy lives on in perpetuity as the musical heartbeat of the company to  which he dedicated so much of his life.  

Bangarra Artistic Director, Stephen Page said: “David would be overjoyed that there are so  many artists out there, hearing with the same ear and the same heart, and bringing First  Nations Cultures forward so beautifully through contemporary Songlines”.  Continue reading BANGARRA ANNOUNCES 2021 DAVID PAGE MUSIC FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS


This image: Waangenga Blanco and Bangarra Dance Ensemble in NGATHU
Banner Image: Tara Gower, Rika Hamaguchi, Deborah Brown (front) and Jasmin Sheppard in WHISTLER
Photos by Daniel Boud

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:



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Caroline Baum, Wesley Enoch and Stephen Page. Photography by Prudence Upton

This second passionate and inspiring discussion, part of the current Culture Club forum series, saw Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Stephen Page and Sydney Festival’s next Artistic Director Wesley Enoch in conversation with Caroline Baum about contemporary cultural moments relying on traditional myth and storytelling.

Caroline Baum, elegantly dressed in black, is  a former producer of the ABC Radio National Arts Today program, the founding editor of Good Reading magazine, features editor of Vogue Australia and is currently editorial director of Booktopia.

Wesley Enoch, wearing a snazzy casual grey charcoal suit, harks from from Stradbroke Island in Queensland, and is a proud Noonuccal Nuugi man. Enoch will take over as Sydney Festival Artistic Dirtector from current director Lieven Bertels who completes his term in January next year, marking the Festival’s 40th anniversary. Continue reading CULTURE CLUB 2- STEPHEN PAGE AND WESLEY ENOCH IN CONVERSATION WITH CAROLINE BAUM

Bodies of Thought

Kirsty Ayr in FLOW. Pic by Artur Radeki
A pic from a production of Gideon Obarzanek’s early work, GLOW. Pic by Artur Radeki. A pic taken from Gary Stewart’s work DEVOLUTION

BODIES OF THOUGHT:- Twelve Australian Choreographers- Edited by Erin Brannigan and Virginia Baxter

Beautifully presented , lavishly illustrated with lots of glorious photos, BODIES OF THOUGHT looks at twelve award winning Australian  choreographers who have international reputations and have created influential legacies. The choreographers featured are : Kate Champion, Rosalind Crisp , Tess De Quincey ,Russell Dumas, Lucy Guerin, Sue Healey, Helen Herbertson, Gideon Obarzanek , Stephen Page , Gary Stewart , Meryl Tankard and Ros Warby .

It is interesting to note that in this case women outnumber men and that almost if not all the choreographers have held the position of Artistic Director, often of their own company. Continue reading Bodies of Thought


Thomas Greenfield and Leonard Mickelo in PATYEGARANG. Pic Jess Bialek
Thomas Greenfield and Leonard Mickelo in PATYEGARANG. Pic Jess Biale

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.

Continue reading PATYEGARANG