Bangarra Dance Theatre

August 13, 2015

Bangarra is seeking a CRM Manager APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Bangarra is currently seeking a CRM Manager to join our team.

The CRM Manager is responsible for managing, maintaining and optimising the Company’s Customer Relationship Management system, Tessitura.The CRM Manager reports to the Manager, Marketing & Communications and works closely across all departments of the company.

Applications have closed for this position.

 

 

August 11, 2015

Bangarra is seeking a Marketing & Customer Service Coordinator APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Bangarra is currently seeking a Marketing & Customer Service Coordinator to join our team. The Marketing & Customer Service Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and implementing all marketing activities of Bangarra Dance Theatre, including ticketing requirements and post show reporting.

Applications have closed for this position.

 

June 3, 2015

Stephen Page opinion piece in The Australian

Last week Bangarra had the pleasure of helping the AFL launch their Indigenous round at our Walsh Bay studios, in the company of Michael Long, Adam Goodes, Lewis Jetta and Lance Franklin. AFL Commissioner Sam Mostyn spoke brilliantly about the pioneers in the game who fought for the rights of Aboriginal people to be able to play this national sport, and how the Indigenous round was a way of starting a conversation about changing the Constitution to recognise Australia’s First Peoples.

Three of our dancers performed at the launch, and with that dance they shared stories, knowledge and culture.They painted up in ochre and performed to music featuring traditional language. Dance is such an important part of how Aboriginal people express our culture and so it was entirely appropriate to see Adam perform a traditional dance at the SCG.

It was disappointing to hear the crowd’s response. The Indigenous round is part of National Reconciliation Week, which ends tomorrow. To see an Aboriginal player booed for expressing his culture in the year 2015 is a huge step backwards for all Australians.

Dance, like football, transcends language. It’s visceral and comes from the gut, and Adam’s dance was a joyful expression of triumph. Are we uncomfortable with the notion of an Aboriginal man being a success? Is that where the booing comes from? Here is an Aboriginal player displaying his heritage with pride and being unapologetic for where he comes from.

Adam said he was taught the dance by the Boomerangs Under-16 football team, and he hoped that seeing him perform their dance made them feel proud of who they are. This is so important to inspiring and nurturing our next generation of Aboriginal leaders.

Bangarra has an outreach program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students called Rekindling, where we go to communities and work with Elders and young people to reconnect them with their culture through dance. The outcomes are amazing, and the feedback overwhelming positive. It seems like a small step but it’s all connected.

Over 300 young people have taken part in Rekindling, and if those kids were watching Adam, they would have been cheering extra loudly.

To the supporters who booed Adam, and the commentators who have since criticised his dance, please take the time to understand our culture and why stories and dance are such an important part of who we are. As Adam himself said: “Is this the lesson we want to teach our children? When we don’t understand something, we get our backs up against the wall. ‘Oh, that’s offensive?’ No. If it’s something we don’t understand, let’s have a discussion.”

We need more leaders like Goodes who ask the uncomfortable questions and unapologetically put Aboriginal success in the spotlight. We will see faster change when it’s not just our mob, but every Australian doing the same.

May 18, 2015

Bangarra is seeking a Production & Touring Manager (Maternity Cover)

Bangarra is seeking a Production & Touring Manager for a 12-month fixed term/maternity leave position.

The Production & Touring Manager is responsible for managing the planning and implementation of all production requirements realting to the the presentation and operation of Bangarra productions. The Production & Touring Manager is also responsible for managing the requirements of the Company whilst on tour.

Download the full job description HERE. Applications close Wednesday 27 May 2015.

May 5, 2015

Register for the Creative Generations Program in Brisbane

Apply to join the Creative Generations Program in partnership with Bangarra’s Youth Program in Brisbane. Secondary students will participate in an intensive dance based program within the South East Region. The participants will research and gather stories with the help and guidance from Elders, to develop dance, performance and creative skills to produce dance theatre.

This event is Open only to select students in the South East Region, the program will run on the following dates:

Training/Rehearsal Dates:

  • Week 1- 29th June – 3rd July- (Helensvale Cultural Centre) During School Holidays
  • Week 2- 6th July – 10th July- (Logan Entertainment Centre) During School Holidays
  • Week 3- 13th July- (Logan Entertainment Centre) 
Time TBC
  • Week 3- 15th July (Brisbane Convention Centre) 
Show Dates 
Time TBC
  • Week 3- 16th – 17th July (Brisbane Convention Centre) Time TBC

The program culminates in a public showcase in the 2015 Creative Generations where Students will perform to share their cultural learnings with their peers, family, school, Elders, broader community and a live TV audience via Network Ten.

To reserve your students’ participation in this once in a lifetime event, we ask that you identify a contact person with whom we will directly liaise. Each student must complete registration via the link below.

If you require more information on the “Creative Generations- Bangarra Dance Program” please feel free to contact South East Regional Office on 07 3386 4107 or email bob.smith@dete.qld.gov.au

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Registrations close at 3pm, 1 June 2015.

March 18, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE – lore: Frances Rings, Waangenga Blanco and Deborah Brown premiere two unmissable new works in 2015

Deeply moving performances, incredible dancing and authentic storytelling are the trademarks of any Bangarra Dance Theatre season, and none more so than the company’s new double bill, lore.

This world premiere season opens at the Sydney Opera House on 11 June, before travelling to Canberra, Wollongong, Brisbane and Melbourne. The company are in peak form after their 25th anniversary season in 2014, which received widespread praise from both audiences and critics.

Read the full media release HERE

February 25, 2015

$40,000 Russell Page Fellowship recipient announced

Bangarra Dance Theatre are thrilled to announce that Yolanda Lowatta has joined the company as a trainee dancer, with a place in the company’s dance ensemble supported by the Russell Page Fellowship. The scholarship is generously funded by a pool of patrons: Brian Burfitt and Marion Heathcote, Linda Herd, Graham and Lyn Maloney, Victoria Taylor and the Sherry Hogan Foundation.

Read more

January 27, 2015

Bangarra is seeking an Office & Youth Program Administrator – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Bangarra is currently seeking an Office & Youth Program Administrator. This is a permanent full time position.

The Office & Youth Program Administrator will be responsible for general office administration as well as assisting the Youth Program and Community Engagement departments.

Applications are closed.

January 9, 2015

Bangarra is currently seeking a Stage Manager – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

We are seeking a Stage Manager. This is a 2 year fixed-term position based in Sydney but will travel with the company nationally and internationally.

The Stage Manager will be responsible for the documentation, execution and smooth running of all Bangarra rehearsals and performances. Central to this position is the role of coordination and liaison, especially working in close association with the Production and Touring Manager, Artistic Director, Rehearsal Director, Head Electrician, Head Mechanist, Set, Costume & Lighting Designers, Company administration & venue production staff.

The Stage Manager will also be responsible for overseeing the maintenance and storage of props and the creation of the Production Archive.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL DESCRIPTION HERE.

December 11, 2014

Bangarra is currently seeking a Development Coordinator – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Australia’s most exciting and dynamic arts company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, seeks an energetic Development Coordinator to work in a small team based in Sydney.

The Development Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day running of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s philanthropic program.  This includes coordination of the annual giving campaign, event management, processing of donations in Tessitura, and donor communications. The role reports to the Development Director.

The ideal candidate likes both people and processes, has an eye for detail, can coordinate engaging and exciting events, and has an interest in the arts, indigenous cultures and philanthropy.

Applications close Sunday 11 January 2015.  Please email your application to the Development Director at rebecca@bangarra.com.au.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL DESCRIPTION HERE

October 16, 2014

Bangarra Dance Theatre Welcomes New Chair

Bangarra Dance Theatre announced today that former Deputy Chair Michael McDaniel has been appointed as the new Chair of Bangarra’s Board.

Michael McDaniel has taken over the role, effective immediately, from Professor Larissa Behrendt who has stepped down as Chair or the Board after nine years of service to the company. Read more.

August 13, 2014

Bangarra Australian Dance Award Nominees 2014

Bangarra artists Deborah Brown and Waangenga Blanco have both been shortlisted for an Australian Dance Award! Deborah has been nominated in the category ‘Outstanding Performance by a  Female Dancer’ for Brolga and Waangenga has been nominated in the category ‘Outstanding Performance by a  Male Dancer’ for Blak. See the full list of nominees on the Ausdance NSW website HERE.

Deborah Brown & Waangenga Blanco, Australian Dance Award nominees 2014

Deborah Brown & Waangenga Blanco, Australian Dance Award nominees 2014

August 1, 2014

Rekindling Youth Program 2014

Bangarra’s Rekindling Youth Program 2014 has now taken place in the communities of Nowra and Wollongong (NSW) and Theodore, Beaudesert and Cairns (QLD). Final gatherings and community performances are coming up for communities and participants in Coffs Harbour (NSW) and Weipa (QLD) in August.
An exciting development for the program, now in its second year, is that in partnership with Feral Arts, a digital Rekindling App has been built to enable sharing between participants and the Rekindling team using digital media. This is an important step for the Rekindling program to ensure connections and shared learning continues beyond the program’s immediate residency in the communities.
The program has received a high level of positive feedback to date from elders, participants, schools and communities.
Rekindling 2014 Beaudesert QLD participants and Rekindling workshop leader Patrick Thaiday photo by Tiffany Parker

Rekindling 2014 Beaudesert QLD participants and Rekindling workshop leader Patrick Thaiday photo by Tiffany Parker

Rekindling 2014 Beaudesert QLD participants and Rekindling workshop leader Patrick Thaiday photo by Tiffany Parker.

Rekindling 2014 Nowra NSW participants and Rekindling workshop leaders photo by Tiffany Parker

Rekindling 2014 Nowra NSW participants and Rekindling workshop leaders photo by Tiffany Parker

Rekindling 2014 Nowra NSW participants and Rekindling workshop leaders photo by Tiffany Parker.

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Rekindling 2014 Theodore (Biloela) QLD participants photo by Tiffany Parker.

June 19, 2014

Patyegarang – extra Sydney shows released!

Due to popular demand and following rave reviews, Bangarra announces six new performances of Patyegarang at the Sydney Opera House, showing until 12 July 2014!

Watch some excerpts of the performance:

'Patyegarang' extra Sydney shows released!

‘Patyegarang’ extra Sydney shows released!

Book tickets for Sydney.

Book tickets for Canberra, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.

May 23, 2014

Bangarra Dance Theatre and Vivid present The spirit of Patyegarang

In 2014 Bangarra Dance Theatre celebrates its 25th anniversary. To mark this significant milestone the company will participate for the first time in Vivid Sydney, presenting a free light installation The spirit of Patyegarang, as part of the Vivid Light program, for the duration of the festival.

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May 14, 2014

Bangarra Dance Theatre 2013 Annual Report

We’re pleased to share our 2013 Annual Report with you – now available for viewing and download online HERE.

Experience 2013 as it was for Bangarra in this 8 minute video clip tracking the major events for the Company throughout the year. From Vietnam to Arnhem Land, the Sydney Opera House and Theatre Royal in Tasmania, here is a snapshot.

March 31, 2014

Bangarra is seeking an Assistant to the Executive Director – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Bangarra Dance Theatre is now seeking to appoint an assistant for our newly appointed Executive Director. This role supports the Executive Director by providing the highest-level of administrative support. This role is responsible for providing professional and confidential administrative support to the Executive Director on matters such as governance, strategic and business planning, policies & procedures.View the full job description and application details HERE.

To join our fantastic and passionate team, please send your CV and a cover letter outlining how your skills meet the criteria of the role to bangarra@bangarra.com.au. Applications close Wednesday 9 April 2014.

 

March 25, 2014

Bangarra is currently seeking a Production Trainee – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

The 12 month Production Traineeship will focus on providing training in all aspects of Bangarra’s production and touring activities and provide the experience necessary for a career in the Indigenous arts industry. Read the full description and application details HERE. Applications close Monday 7 April 2014.

 

 

March 20, 2014

Acclaimed dancer Deborah Brown departs Bangarra

After over ten years of outstanding achievements with Bangarra, acclaimed dancer Deborah Brown has decided to leave the company. Deborah says of her departure, ‘My time with Bangarra is one of the greatest love affairs I’ve had, artistically and culturally. The presence there is indescribable and I will forever have the company’s medicine in my veins.’ We wish Deb all the best – she will be greatly missed. Read more.

January 28, 2014

Rekindling 2014 registrations are now open

Bangarra invites young people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage to register for Rekindling 2014.

This year Rekindling will take place in the NSW communities of Nowra, Wollongong, Lismore and Coffs Harbour and the QLD communities of Theodore, Beaudesert, Weipa and Cairns.

Find out more about Rekindling and the application process HERE

December 18, 2013

Bangarra is seeking a Community Liaison Coordinator – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

We are seeking an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander for the position of Community Liaison Coordinator with Bangarra Dance Theatre. The key responsibilities of this position are to build and maintain positive relationships with a range of Indigenous organisations, individuals and networks.

Download the full job description HERE. Applications close 24 January 2014.

December 10, 2013

Special appeal – a new CRM system

Dear Friends of Bangarra,

Please save us from a multitude of spreadsheets!

We need your help to get a professional database (Customer Relationship Management system).

We still need 811 people to donate $50.00 by Friday 17 January 2014 to be eligible for matched funding through Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1 initiative. Read more about Plus1 HERE.

You can help us by making your donation directly online now or by completing this contribution form and returning it to us via email: belonging@bangarra.com.au or mail: Bangarra Dance Theatre Pier 4, 15 Hickson Rd Walsh Bay NSW 2000.

You can make your gift to Bangarra a special gift for a friend or family member by donating over the phone before 5.00pm 13 December. Phone us on (02) 9251 5333 to make your donation and have a Christmas card from Artistic Director Stephen Page sent to your nominated loved one.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our new CRM so far and please remember that every dollar you donate is worth two with the Plus1 initiative. Every dollar helps!

November 19, 2013

Bangarra is seeking a Finance & Operations Coordinator – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Bangarra is seeking a Finance & Operations Coordinator to join our administrative team. The Finance & Operations Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the company’s financial processes and operations responsibilities include venue hire, maintenance and providing administrative support to the Manager, Finance & Operations.

Download the full job description HERE. Applications close 2 December 2013.

November 11, 2013

Dance Clan 3 Q&A with Stephen Page and the Choreographers

WHEN Saturday 23 November at 6pm
WHERE Corroboree Cinema, Mezzanine Level of Pier 2/3
REGISTER HERE

Join us behind-the-scenes on 23 November at 6pm in a Q&A session with Artistic Director Stephen Page and Dance Clan 3 choreographers Deborah Borwn, Yolande Brown, Tara Gower and Jasmin Sheppard. Bangarra’s artists will discuss their creative inspirations and answer your questions about their choreographic processes and connections to traditional culture.


September 27, 2013

Hobart workshop feedback

Regional touring plays a vital part in the company’s activities and we’d like to share with you some feedback from our Hobart dance and cultural workshops:

‘It is a little over a week now since Hobart audiences to Kinship and the participants in the related workshops were ‘blown away’ by talent, theatrical spectacle, generosity, good humour, warmth and professionalism. The week was truly wonderful – not least because the students from MacKillop who attended the workshop and the show (or in some cases, one of the two) have gained hugely in their appreciation of their own identity and in their passion for the Arts. Many have struggled with what it is to be a Tasmanian Aboriginal person and also have had little opportunity to experience world class theatre. The company’s visit has made a real and tangible difference and I hear it as I walk around the school and ‘trip’ into various conversations. From sore muscles to laughter; from imitations of Deborah’s beautiful brolga to discussions of totem connections and set construction; and a keenness to review some of the footage taken… it’s all been happening. The kids are speaking with pride about having been involved – at whatever level… and I thank you for that opportunity to grow their self esteem.’

- Sharyn Wilson, Aboriginal Student Support Teacher at MacKillop College Hobart

Image: Bangarra artists & Hobart workshop participants, photo by Tiffany Parker

 

August 21, 2013

Bangarra is seeking a Head Electrician – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Bangarra is currently seeking a Head Electrician to join our team. The Head Electrician reports directly to the Production & Touring Manager who in turn reports to the Executive Director.

The Head Electrician will be responsible for planning and implementing all technical requirements relating to the presentation and operation of Bangarra Dance Theatre performances throughout Australia and internationally.

Download the full job description HERE. Applications close 30 August 2013.

August 6, 2013

BANGARRA’S YEAR OF ACHIEVEMENTS RECOGNISED IN A WEEK OF AWARDS

MEDIA RELEASE

Over the past week, the Australian arts industry has recognised the outstanding artistic achievements of Bangarra Dance Theatre and its artists, with four awards across the Helpmanns, Australian Arts in Asia Awards and last night’s Australian Dance Awards.

On Monday July 29 2013, Bangarra Dance Theatre received two Helpmann Awards at the prestigious Sydney Opera House ceremony. Dancer Deborah Brown was awarded the Helpmann for Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre work for her performance in the 2012 work Terrain. Terrain also received the Helpmann Award for Best Ballet or Dance Work. Artist-in-residence David Page was also nominated for Best Original Score for Terrain.

On Thursday August 1 2013, the inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards took place at Luna Park in Sydney, recognising Australian artists who have engaged with Asia and who have contributed to strengthening cultural links between Australia and Asia. Bangarra Dance Theatre performed at the ceremony and received the inaugural Australian Art in Asia Award in the Dance category for their production Spirit and its recent tours to Mongolia, Thailand and Vietnam. Bangarra shared this award with Annalouise Paul for Game On.

Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page said, “These awards are a wonderful affirmation for the company that we are achieving artistic excellence while we pursue the equally important role of building connections. Whether Bangarra is performing on stage at the Sydney Opera House or a theatre in regional Victoria, running an indigenous youth workshop in remote New South Wales or presenting a performance for brand new audiences in Vietnam, the high quality of our work is what helps create meaningful engagement. During our recent South Asian tour of Spirit, audiences were fascinated by Bangarra’s fusion of traditional culture with modern dance theatre. There was an instant connection with the spiritual, grounded nature of Bangarra’s work and they understood the story-telling that strongly influences our productions.’

Last night the annual Australian Dance Awards took place in Canberra. Shane Carroll one of Australia’s most outstanding contributors to dance received the Services to Dance Award. Over the last two years Shane Carroll has overseen the development and implementation of Bangarra’s new youth program Rekindling, designed to connect Aboriginal young people with their culture through story-telling and dance. Rekindling has been successfully established in four communities across New South Wales during 2013 and planning is underway for further communities in New South Wales as well as Queensland next year. Ms Carroll’s expertise has also been felt by independent Aboriginal artists working with an important sector capacity building program supported by Bangarra and the NSW Government Birrang – expanding Aboriginal dance horizons in NSW.

CEO Catherine Baldwin says, “Bangarra recognises the valuable insights and knowledge Ms Carroll brings to these innovative initiatives, working with artists to deliver significant benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Both Birrang and Rekindling programs provide opportunities for dancers to build resilience that supports their professional career development.”

Bangarra Dance Theatre is Australia’s premier national Indigenous performing arts company. Under the brilliant and inspirational artistic direction of Stephen Page, Bangarra has strived to maintain the cultural integrity and spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tradition, combining it with contemporary expressions of stories, dance and music to create unique theatrical experiences, and to deliver these experiences to audiences across Australia and around the world.

July 31, 2013

2013 Helpmann Awards

Congratulations to everyone who was recognised at the 2013 Helpmann Awards, especially Bangarra artist Deborah Brown for winning Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production for Terrain and choreographer Frances Rings, the Terrain creative team and the Bangarra ensemble for winning the award for Best Ballet or Dance Work.

Read the full list of 2013 Helpmann Award recipients HERE.

Congratulations also goes to composer David Page for his nomination for Best Original Score for Terrain, Frances Rings for her nomination for Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production for Terrain and to the Bangarra ensemble for their nomination for Best Regional Touring Production for of earth & sky.

Read the full list of 2013 Helpmann Award nominees HERE.

June 6, 2013

Corroboree is seeking a Marketing & Communications Director – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSE FOR THIS ROLE.

Corroboree is a new festival for Sydney celebrating contemporary Indigenous arts and culture, where Gadigal land meets the sea, around Sydney Harbour.

From November 14 to 24, 2013 the Corroboree program will feature curated events such as a Kids Street Parade, a Firelight Ceremony, Family Day in the Domain, Black Arts Market at pier 2/3, First Peoples’ Conference as well as exhibitions, workshops, behind-the-scenes experiences at Sydney’s major cultural organisations.

The Marketing & Communications Director is responsible for all aspects of marketing, PR, media and communications for Corroboree including supervision of external contractors and staff.  Download the full job description HERE

June 6, 2013

Bangarra is seeking a Company Manager – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED FOR THIS ROLE.

We are seeking a capable Company Manager to work closely with our artistic, production and administration staff to ensure the smooth operation of our touring activities. Although our headquarters are at the wharf arts precinct in Walsh Bay, Sydney, the touring company is on the road for around 15 to 20 weeks per year. Download the job description HERE

May 28, 2013

Bangarra at the World Indigenous Network Conference 2013

This stunning image of Bangarra artists Daniel Riley McKinley, Waangenga Blanco, Luke Currie-Richardson and Beau Dean Riley Smith rehearsing for the World Indigenous Network Conference, Darwin over the weekend was captured by Dancer Deborah Brown. You can check out more great images of the Bangarra family and follow us on our Instagram page here: instagram.com/bangarradancetheatre

April 19, 2013

Dancers’ Blog: The Creative Journey

                                                                                                      

Men and women reunite! Together again in the one studio, Bangarra are once again an entirety. How lovely it is to be fusing our polar opposite energies and begin to work in a team.

We still haven’t seen the men’s work Scar, and they haven’t seen ours Yearning, and I must say that I really can’t wait to see what they’ve been working on! But there’s plenty of time for that. We are two weeks out from the premiere of Blak in my own hometown of Melbourne.

A tension creeps through the air, a common thought, that, with about two weeks till opening night, and a fair amount to choreograph as of yet, will we get it all done in time? Will we be ready to share this story with confidence to our Melbourne audiences? Though not always shared openly, I know this worry plagues a good majority of us!

Things do however, as the cliché goes, come together in the end, and this point in the creative process comes for all dancers. It’s a time when you must return to that ultimate trust in your choreographer, which I have entirely in Stephen, and in Dan. All throughout the creation of a work, that trust enables me to create and contribute, even when I’m unsure of the direction the work is going in. That trust in a choreographer is why I chose this company to begin with. And why I know we will arrive at completion. So I’m putting the energy out there into the studio…it will all come together in the end!

                                                                                                            Jasmin Sheppard

Image: Stephen Page and artists rehearsing Blak, photo Greg Barrett

February 28, 2013

Rekindling Update

Rekindling selection workshops have now taken place across NSW in Wellington, Moree, Kempsey and Blacktown. In the Wellington Times last week, Member for Orange Andrew Gee MP, wrote about his visit to the Wellington Rekindling selection workshop saying “Watching the young dancers in action really brought home to me what an incredible opportunity this was for them.”

This photo of Rekindling Workshop Leader Chantel Kerr was taken by Greg Barrett at the Moree selection workshop. A second selection workshop will be held for the Darug language group in Blacktown on 9 March. You can find out more HERE and register for the selection workshop HERE.

June 28, 2012

Dancers’ Blog – TERRAIN lands in Melbourne

And that’s our first dress rehearsal done and dusted. It feels good to know we have a show to present, with all the elements working. They may not be working as one yet, but that will come over the next few days leading up to our opening night on Friday. There is something about the use of the ochre, and paint in TERRAIN, and all other Bangarra shows actually, that add and extra layer of character to a performance. Whenever that layer of ochre or paint is applied, you lose yourself underneath it. It becomes your second skin for the show, an alter ego almost, where you can get lost in the character and the movement. If you’re feeling a little slack or tired, that layer of paint can help you step up and tackle the show with all you have. It’s our superhero suit and our layer of story and character we add before each performance. 

Dan

June 25, 2012

Dancers’ Blog – TERRAIN on tour

It is TERRAIN production week, and nature had blessed me with a mighty flu. What started on Tuesday as a mere rumble in my chest escalated into bouts of fevers, body aches and a chesty cough. When we work together in such a tight knit group, and each one of us is an important piece of the puzzle, it is a tough choice whether to brave the elements to come into work so as to not miss any important information and evolutions of the piece, or to stay at home, rest and recuperate and selfishly keep my fluey germs to myself. I chose the latter. Cathie Goss our tireless rehearsal director took one look at me and told me to rest up. I went home and slept for a solid and much needed six hours, then right through the night.

So now the company is back at Qantas domestic and on our way to Melbourne. As I’m sitting here I am hoping that by opening night my body heals so that I can give Terrain everything it deserves. But even if it doesn’t then I’ll need to draw from the well within, from where my stories and connection to Fran’s work comes.

Jasmin Sheppard

June 15, 2012

Bangarra Clip 2012

Stephen Page has worked closely with cinematographer Bonnie Elliot and editor Rochelle Oshlack to create a Bangarra digital experience.

“Playing with a moving camera and eight of our wonderful dancers one Saturday, I looked for the essence within each individual – their special movement quality that reflects each personality and their own creative journey”. Stephen Page.

Bangarra’s new work TERRAIN premieres in Melbourne on June 29 and then continues nationally in 2012

April 13, 2012

Bangarra Dance Theatre farewells Patrick Thaiday as he celebrates a decade with the company

Patrick Thaiday, will perform with the company for the last time on April 25 this year. Patrick’s final performance with Bangarra will be in Stephen Page’s Warumuk-in the dark night at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Australian Ballet’s Infinity Program.

Patrick’s retirement comes as he celebrates a long and successful decade with Bangarra. Since joining Bangarra in 2002, Patrick’s face has become synonymous with the company and critics and audiences alike have lauded him for his extraordinary featured performances across Bangarra’s repertoire.

Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page said “Patrick has been a core member of the company for the past ten years and his work deserves to be celebrated. His passion for and commitment to Indigenous dance has been a driving force within the company and he is a point of inspiration for the younger dancers. I hope that after a well deserved break Patrick will return to Bangarra in a different role.”

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March 12, 2012

Stephen Page keynote address at Australian Performing Arts Market 2012

The 10th annual Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) was hosted in Adelaide from 26 February to 1 March where Stephen Page delivered the keynote address to an audience of over 600 Australian and International delegates, artists and programmers. APAM presents Australia and New Zealand’s best new performing arts with over 30 excerpts and full length performances ready to tour nationally and internationally. Stephen spoke about how Art is Medicine and discussed his own personal experiences of working in the Australian Arts industry.

READ STEPHEN’S SPEECH

WATCH APAM’s Indigenous Producers Showreel

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