outstandingly beautiful
The Australian
an absolute triumph
Powerfully engaging
Sydney Morning Herald
Bangarra's Patyegarang is a beautiful evocation of romance and intrigue
Bangarra Dance Theatre rises beautifully to the occasion
...spine-tingling moments of choreographic excitement
Patyegarang is now available to buy on DVD! Purchase here

outstandingly beautiful The Australian
an absolute triumph Stagenoise
Powerfully engaging…Bangarra’s Patyegarang is a beautiful evocation of romance and intrigue Sydney Morning Herald
Bangarra Dance Theatre rises beautifully to the occasion Limelight Magazine
…spine-tingling moments of choreographic excitement Daily Review

Read the Patyegarang theatre program HERE
Download the Teacher’s Resource HERE
Buy the original soundtrack HERE
Buy the DVD HERE

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, Bangarra – Australia’s multi award winning dance theatre company – tells the story of Patyegarang, the inspirational journey of a potent Indigenous spirit alive in Australia’s past and present.

As the colonial fleet arrived on Eora country in the late 18th Century, Patyegarang befriended the colony’s timekeeper, Lieutenant William Dawes, gifting him her language in an extraordinary display of trust and friendship, which now inspires our imaginations about ‘first contact’.

In Dawes’ notebooks, rediscovered in 1972, are transcripts of this remarkable cultural exchange. Patyegarang’s words are a window into a rich, complex and utterly different perspective on her world, its values and its sacred meanings.

Bangarra liberates Patyegarang from the library shelves, putting spirit into her heart, as a striking visionary and educator.

This deeply moving production is told through the acclaimed creativity of Stephen Page’s choreography and David Page’s soundscape, in a powerful and meaningful dance theatre experience.

Choreography Stephen Page
Music David Page
Set Design Jacob Nash
Costume Design Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Design Nick Schlieper
Dramaturgy Alana Valentine

2014 National Tour – Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne



Patyegarang on the 7.30 Report, ABC NSW
Limelight Magazine review

In 2014 Bangarra is delighted to have the support of the Creative Music Fund for our new work Patyegarang.  Find out more about the Creative Music Fund.