Bangarra Dance Theatre
'Ravishingly beautiful and deeply unsettling all at once.'
‘Extraordinarily powerful … It sums up yesterday, today and perhaps tomorrow.’
Bangarra Dance Theatre is acclaimed worldwide for its authentic storytelling, distinctive voice and moving performances. After a triumphant national tour and seven Helpmann Awards, they bring their extraordinary Bennelong to Perth Festival.
Bennelong explores the life of one of history’s most iconic Aboriginal figures. Woollarawarre Bennelong was a Senior man of the Eora, who led his community to survive a clash of cultures. Through striking dance, soul-stirring soundscapes and exquisite design, Bangarra unpacks Bennelong’s legacy and its reverberation through contemporary Australian life.
Created by artistic director Stephen Page, Bennelong is Bangarra at its best. In a unique Australian dance language, the company celebrates the continuation of life and culture through the power, brilliance and passion of its outstanding artists. It will leave you in awe of Australia’s history – and its power to repeat.
ChoreographerStephen PageSet DesignerJacob NashMusicSteve FrancisCostume DesignerJennifer IrwinLighting DesignerNick SchlieperDramaturgAlana ValentineCultural ConsultantMatthew Doyle
Director, Technical & ProductionJohn ColvinProduction ManagerCat StudleyCompany ManagerCloudia ElderStage ManagerLillian HannahHead ElectricianRyan ShukerLighting RealiserChris TwymanHead of WardrobeMonica SmithHead MechanistDavid TongsAV TechnicianEmjay MatthewsAssistant Stage ManagerStephanie Storr Clark
Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies. They are widely acclaimed nationally and around the world for their powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voice and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design.
Led by Artistic Director Stephen Page, the company is currently in its 30th year but its dance technique is forged from over 65,000 years of culture, embodied with contemporary movement. The company’s 18 dancers are professionally trained, dynamic artists who represent the pinnacle of Australian dance. Each has a proud Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background, from various locations across the country.
Authentic storytelling, outstanding technique and deeply moving performances are Bangarra’s unique signature.
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Thu 6 Feb - Sun 9 Feb
Thu & Fri, 7.30pm | Sat, 1.30pm & 7.30pm | Sun, 6pm
Contains smoke and haze effects
Post Show Q&A
Fri 7 Feb
Stay in your seats after the performance to hear from creators and artists in a Q&A session.