As Australia’s leading Indigenous performing arts organisation, Bangarra Dance Theatre fulfills a dual role of creative producer and cultural agent.Bangarra’s key objectives are to contribute to improving the lives of Indigenous Australians and to tell their stories through innovative world-class dance theatre. Bangarra tours extensively to national, regional and remote centres across Australia and internationally each year.
In meeting its cultural responsibilities Bangarra invests in building and maintaining relationships with traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island elders and communities across Australia. Their ancient and contemporary stories, songs and dances influence Bangarra’s works in a process of rekindling and honouring language and customs.
Under the leadership of Stephen Page as Artistic Director since 1991, Bangarra is committed to developing the next generation of Indigenous storytellers through mentoring and training young people. Based at Sydney’s Walsh Bay, the 14 member dance ensemble originates from across Australia reflecting many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clans.
Bangarra Dance Theatre Australia’s vision is to:
Respect and rekindle the links between traditional Indigenous cultures of Australia and new forms of contemporary artistic expression;
Create inspiring dance theatre productions of integrity and excellence that resonate with people throughout Australia and the world.