Bangarra’s 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand
Australia’s premier Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, is celebrating its landmark 30th anniversary season in 2019.
Their intimate, engaging work – which combines the traditions of Indigenous storytelling with contemporary modes of dance and music – is beloved nationally and around the world. To usher in their fourth decade, Bangarra will tour an ambitious anniversary program to every capital city in Australia.
Artistic Director Stephen Page has curated a diverse program of three contemporary works which display the passionate storytelling, rich artistry and deep community connections that have made Bangarra the premiere Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company in Australia.
In part one, choreographer and former Bangarra dancer Frances Rings will restage her much-admired Unaipon, an exploration of the life of the monumental Indigenous figure David Unaipon – the philosopher, inventor, writer and storyteller whose face appears on the $50 note. Rings’s unique physical language connects spirited emotion to Unaipon’s significant scientific and social achievements. The second work, Stamping Ground, was created by Jiří Kylián and pays homage to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their perspectives through an international lens. And in part three, Stephen Page and Jacob Nash look back over the company’s 30-year history highlighting the breadth and power of Bangarra in the powerful work to make fire.
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