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... highly theatrical ... striking, layered, surprising ... absolutely transporting.
Sun Herald
This is very strong theatre and it makes powerful comments in a way that only movement can.
Sydney Morning Herald
This pure and intrinsic connection with nature, presented with a beautiful aesthetic, is a Bangarra hallmark
Courier Mail

Rekindling Indigenous culture, internationally acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre has created an original and breathtaking theatrical experience – Belong.

Belong features two new dance theatre works: ID by Artistic Director Stephen Page, and About by Elma Kris, choreographer and dancer with Bangarra.

Investigating what it means to be Aboriginal in the 21st century, ID asks important questions about identity and reconnection with one’s heritage. Based on personal observations of people tracing their bloodlines and re-connecting with traditional culture, ID provokes perceptions in contemporary society.

About explores the mood of the winds in the Torres Strait Islands as they move across land, sea and sky signifying key moments in time. About follows the journey of the Torres Strait Islander people with these winds and the effects they have on the land, sea and community. Bangarra dancer and choreographer, Elma Kris is inspired by Torres Strait Islander customs passed down through families for generations, reflecting the strong links between communities and their natural environment.

At the heart of Bangarra Dance Theatre are challenging social and political questions. As Indigenous people, who are we and where do we belong?

Bangarra creates a truly Australian theatrical experience that connects the spirit of traditional culture with our contemporary lives. Always uplifting and deeply moving, Belong transforms perceptions of the places we call home.

Choreography ID by Stephen Page, About by Elma Kris
Music ID by David Page, About by David Page & Steve Francis
Set Design Jacob Nash
Costume Design Emma Howell
Lighting Design Matt Cox

TOURING
2011 National Tour - Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Wollongong, Melbourne
2013 Regional Tour (ID as a part of Kinship) - Victoria & Tasmania

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AWARDS
Bangarra Dance Theatre – Outstanding Performance by a Company, Australian Dance Award, 2012
Stephen Page – Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work, Helpmann Award, 2012
David Page & Steve Francis – Best Original Score, Helpmann Award, 2012
Bangarra Dance Theatre – Most Interesting Australian Group or Artist, Dance Australia’s Critic’s Survey, 2012
Stephen Page – Most Outstanding Choreography, Dance Australia’s Critic’s Survey, 2012
Deborah Brown – Most Outstanding Dancer, Dance Australia’s Critic’s Survey, 2012
Waangenga Blanco – Dancer to Watch, Dance Australia’s Critic’s Survey, 2012
Daniel Riley – Dancer to Watch, Dance Australia’s Critic’s Survey, 2012
Elma Kris – Best New Work, Dance Australia’s Critic’s Survey, 2012

NOMINATIONS
Stephen Page – Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Australian Dance Award, 2012
Patrick Thaiday – Outstanding Performance by a Male Dance, Australian Dance Award, 2012
Daniel Riley  – Dancer of the Year, Deadly Award, 2012
Waangenga Blanco – Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work, Helpmann Award, 2012
Jacob Nash – Design in Dance, Green Room Award, 2012
Bangarra Dance Theatre – Ensemble in Dance, Green Room Award, 2012