Tara Gower is a Yawuru woman from Broome with Aboriginal, Filipino, Irish and Spanish ancestry. Tara joined Bangarra in 2006 and has performed in many works including Clan, Spirit, Bush and Gathering (a collaboration with The Australian Ballet).
Highlights for Tara include performing at Saddler’s Wells in London, performing Rites in Paris, Awakenings in New York, returning to her home in Western Australia to perform for her family and being nominated in Dance Australia’s Critic Choice Awards as Dancer to Watch.
Tara helped Bangarra celebrate its 20th anniversary with Fire – A Retrospective in 2009 and and experienced a string of memorable moments, including traveling to Yirrkala to perform classic Bangarra repertoire including Ochres.
Performing in Mathinna and of earth & sky for Bangarra in 2010, Tara featured as a dancer in the film Bran Nue Dae. In 2011, Tara toured Europe with Bangarra’s production of Spirit before dancing in the national tour of Belong and regional tour of Mathinna to NT and QLD.
In 2012 Tara performed in Warumuk – in the dark night, the collaboration between Bangarra and the Australian Ballet. As well as this she toured nationally with Frances Rings’ Terrain, regionally with of earth & sky and overseas to Mongolia to perform in Spirit.
She created her first choreographic work, Nala, for Bangarra’s Dance Clan 3 in 2013 as part of the inaugural Corroboree Sydney Festival. Tara has also appeared in the film Bran Nue Dae (2010) and in Dan Sultan’s music video for his single Under Your Skin.
Tara has toured extensively nationally, internationally and regionally, experiencing many memorable moments on stage, including traveling to Yirrkala in North East Arnhem Land to perform classic Bangarra repertoire.
Tara believes growing up on Yawuru Country has given her the strength to pursue her dreams into reality.