‘Bangarra: 30 years of sixty five thousand’ is Bangarra Dance Theatre’s landmark 30th anniversary season. This diverse program of three contemporary works displayed the passionate storytelling, rich artistry and deep community connections that have made Bangarra the premiere Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company in Australia.
Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book of the same name, Dark Emu explored the vital life force of flora and fauna in a series of dance stories directed by Stephen Page. With long-time Bangarra collaborators Steve Francis (music), Jacob Nash (sets) and Jennifer Irwin (costumes) bringing their impeccable aesthetic to the production.
Woollarawarre Bennelong was a senior man of the Eora, from the Port Jackson area in Sydney. With extraordinary curiosity and diplomacy, Bennelong led his community to survive a clash of cultures, and left a legacy that reverberates through contemporary life. Bennelong received seven Helpmann Awards in the 2017-2018 judging period, including the prestigious title ‘Best New Australian Work’.