Sharing Culture through Dance: The Bangarra Dance Theatre

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Sharing Culture through Dance: The Bangarra Dance Theatre

The Bangarra Dance Theatre continues to be one of Australia’s most impressive performing arts companies. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation is heading into its 26th year and is showing no signs of slowing down. Last year’s 25th anniversary saw the highest box office records since Bangarra’s conception.

Bangarra’s dance techniques are a fusion of 40,000 years of culture and history with contemporary dance movement and expresses the unique stories gathered from respected community Elders. Their exceptional performances are unique in more ways than one, and are seen and loved on both a national and international stage.

The 26th season is set to be the busiest yet, with Stephen Page, the Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre saying the company has renewed energy after their break.

“We’re busier than ever this year; working on our first feature film, a brand-new double bill that will tour nationally, an international tour to Turkey, a new season at Carriageworks and a regional tour”.

For the first time, Bangarra are creating a dance feature film based on the 2000 production ‘Spear.’ Spear stars Bangarra’s dancers Hunter Page-Lochard and Djakapurra Munyarryun, and is directed by Stephen Page. The world premiere of Spear is due to take place at the Adelaide Film Festival in October.

Bangarra’s national tour Lore will kick off on the 11th of June at the Sydney Opera House, before travelling to Canberra, Wollongong, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Lore is curated by Artistic Director Stephen Page, and features two brand new works featuring three choreographers.

Just as Bangarra Dance Theatre is famous for deeply moving performances, incredible dancing and authentic storytelling, Lore promises to be compelling, profound and unforgettable.

The company will then travel to Turkey as part of the Australia in Turkey 2015, before returning to Australia for regional tours in both New South Wales and Queensland during October and November.

Bangarra’s spectacular performances demonstrate how history and culture can be shared through dance and enjoyed by people from all around the world.

To find out more about Bangarra, to see all touring dates and to purchase tickets, visit their website here.

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