Bangarra Dance Theatre is one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, fusing Aboriginal culture with contemporary dance. Since the foundation in 1989, the relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are the heart of Bangarra, with a repertoire created on country and stories gathered from respected community Elders. ‘Bangarra’ is the Wiradjuri word meaning “to make fire”.
The company’s dance technique is forged from over 65,000 years of culture, embodied with contemporary movement. The 17 company dancers are professionally trained, dynamic artists who all have a proud Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background, from various locations across the country.
Bangarra’s annual program includes a national tour of a world premiere work, performed in Australia’s most iconic venues; a regional tour allowing audiences outside of capital cities the opportunity to experience Bangarra, and an international tour to maintain their global reputation for excellence.
Beside performance and touring, Bangarra Dance Theatre is also dedicated to its education programs, workshops and special performances and projects, planting the seeds for the next generation of performers and storytellers.
Authentic storytelling, outstanding technique and deeply moving performances are Bangarra’s unique signature.