Bangarra Dance Theatre

Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and your totem/dreaming.

I‘m from a place called Whyalla, it’s on the East Coast of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. It’s a special place, where the land meets the sea, the sky and the stars all at once, arid land, but during winter when we get some rain, the desert blooms and it’s beautiful. My mob are Arrernte, from Harts Range, Central Desert in the N.T. Our totem is the Caterpillar – Yipirinya dreaming. I also share Afghan and Croatian heritage.

 How do you feel when you’re dancing?

I didn’t know dance would be my career until I began full-time performing arts studies at the age of 17! At first, dance was an outlet. All us cousins were scattered over town and the only time we could connect was at school during recess and lunch, so we’d sign out that old stereo from the sports shed, chuck in our mix tapes and dance! That was our catch up. Later on, I found that this was my something, something I could put my energy into. Now it continues to be what I wake up excited about, what I see when I hear a piece of music. Dance is how I feel, how I communicate. It seems it’s been that way for long time. 

Do you have a pre-show ritual?

They change from season to season. At a time it was brushing my teeth before going on stage, a cup of hot green tea, doing some yoga or meditation. Other times we may not have the luxury of a flash dressing room, a quiet moment or running water, especially on remote tours where we perform for communities on local basketball courts or football ovals. All that matters is sharing a performance that we hope will inspire someone to follow or to find their passion like we have ours. 

Other than dance, my secret passion is …

Not sure that it’s a secret, but yoga! It feels good for my body and mind, inside and out. 

My ideal Sunday is…

Sleeping in! Although a sleep in for me is 8am. I’ll wake up early and be active, heading to my local yoga studio, Jivamukti in Newtown before heading out for breakfast and coffee at a beautiful little place on Enmore Road called Merica. Then I’ll head out to Coogee for a swim.

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