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Spotlight: Bangarra Dance Theatre


Bangarra Dance Theatre, one of Australia’s leading contemporary dance companies, is currently in Melbourne celebrating their 20th anniversary with its latest offering, Fire – a retrospective.

Fire brings together a selection of scenes from Bangarra’s best creative works as a tribute to the company’s success and longevity.

Renowned for its distinctive blend of indigenous, contemporary and urban dance styles, Bangarra has been led by its current Artistic Director, Stephen Page, since 1991.

Among the company’s most well known works are Rites (2007), choreographed by Page in collaboration with the Australian Ballet, and Awakenings, the indigenous section of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony. This production featured the Bangarra dancers, Djakapurra Munyarryun, the company’s cultural consultant for many years during the nineties, and over 1000 indigenous people from clans across Australian and the Torres Strait.

Founded in 1989 by Carole Johnson, an African American dance leader and founder of NAISDA (National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association), Bangarra describes itself as being “fuelled by the spirit, energy and inspiration derived from the culture, values and traditions of Indigenous Australians.”

Bangarra has toured internationally since 2001 to critical acclaim,and has travelled to the United States, North America, Monaco, Japan, New Zealand and to the United Kingdom.

Fire by Bangarra Dance Theatre runs from November 6-14 at the Arts Centre Playhouse, Bookings: 1300 182 183.
Website: http://www.bangarra.com.au

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This entry was posted on November 10, 2009 by in Arts Centre, Bangarra Dance Theatre, dance, indigeneous, Stephen Page.
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