Bangarra Dance Theatre

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Bangarra Dance Theatre is an Indigenous Australian contemporary dance company founded in 1989 by Carole Johnson, an African-American and founding director of National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA). Bangarra is the Wiradjuri word meaning "to make fire".[1]

Stephen Page has been the artistic director since 1991. Bangarra's first full length show Praying Mantis Dreaming was produced in 1992, and 11 productions have followed. All have been successful within Australia and some have toured the United States and the United Kingdom. The group also made significant contributions to the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Works[edit]

  • 1992 - Praying Mantis Dreaming
  • 1995 - Ochres
  • 1997 - Fish
  • 1997 - Rites with the Australian Ballet
  • 2000 - Skin
  • 2001 - Corroboree
  • 2002 - Walkabout
  • 2003 - Bush[2]
  • 2004 - Unaipon
  • 2004 - CLAN
  • 2005 - Boomerang
  • 2006 - Gathering with the Australian Ballet
  • 2007 - True Stories[3][4]
  • 2008 - Mathinna : based on the life of Mathinna an indigenous Tasmanian girl[5]
  • 2008 - Rites (with The Australian Ballet)[6][7]
  • 2009 - Fire – A Retrospective[8]
  • 2010 - of earth & sky
  • 2013 - Blak
  • 2014 - Patyegarang and Kinship

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bangarra Dance Theatre (1989 - ) at Australia Dancing
  2. ^ Toured the UK in 2006, Hutera, Donald (18 September 2006), "Bush", The Times (London), ISSN 0140-0460, retrieved 2007-09-27 
  3. ^ Balfour, Tim (4 April 2009), "Fire In The Belly", The West Australian, retrieved 2009-10-11 
  4. ^ Balfour, Tim (2 June 2009), "Talented Dancers Embody Culture", The West Australian, retrieved 2009-10-11 
  5. ^ Pybus, Cassandra (10 May 2008). "A savage lesson in 'civility'". Arts reviews (The Age). Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  6. ^ Hutera, Donald (27 September 2008), "Stephen Page on the Rites and wrongs of an historical divide: An Australian version of Stravinsky’s ballet with Aborigines is a powerful symbol of reconciliation", The Times (London), ISSN 0140-0460, retrieved 2007-09-27 
  7. ^ "Aboriginal ballet hits Paris stage". ABC. 2008-09-30. Archived from the original on 3 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  8. ^ Majhid Heath, (11 September 2009), Review: Bangarra Dance Theatre performance of Fire - A retrospective, Indigenous Arts & Events: Performance, Australian Broadcasting Corporation accessed 2010-09-28

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