Bangarra Dance Theatre

Inspired by 40,000 years of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, Bangarra’s startling contemporary choreography speaks across cultures.

By Sydney Opera House

Bangarra Dance Theatre (2015) by Bangarra Dance TheatreSydney Opera House

For more than 25 years, Bangarra Dance Theatre has entranced audiences around the world, fusing ancient and modern influences into a uniquely fluid and inventive dance theatre that exemplifies the vibrancy of one of the world’s oldest continuous cultures.

Nunukal man Stephen Page has been the company’s award-winning artistic director since 1991. Connecting land, lore and ceremony with contemporary art, Page has developed Bangarra’s authentic aesthetic – from his breakthrough 1991 Ochres, with Bernadette Walong-Sene and Djakapurra Munyarryun, to 2016’s Our Land People Stories, including his tribute to contemporary visual artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics across the country and the world, the 16-member Bangarra Dance Theatre is one of the Opera House’s seven flagship resident companies. Each Bangarra artist has a proud Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage; each is also part of a company that continues to redefine the possibilities of Australian dance, culture and storytelling in the 21st century.

Tara Gower in Terrain (2012) by Greg Barrett, Bangarra Dance TheatreSydney Opera House

Bangarra Dance Theatre (2015) by Bangarra Dance TheatreSydney Opera House

Bangarra Dance Theatre, Fire (2009) by Jeff Busby, Bangarra Dance TheatreSydney Opera House

Bangarra Dance Theatre, Belong, with Waangenga Blanco (2011) by Jeff Busby, Bangarra Dance TheatreSydney Opera House

Bangarra Dance Theatre, Terrain, Bangarra Dance Theatre, 2012, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
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Bangarra Dance Theatre, Kinship Belong, Jeff Busby, Bangarra Dance Theatre, 2011, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
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Bangarra Dance Theatre, Lore – when photography meets dance: capturing the moment, Bangarra Dance Theatre, 2015, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
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Bangarra Dance Theatre, Deborah Brown in Lore, Greb Barrett, Bangarra Dance Theatre, 2015, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
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Patyegarang costumes, Bangarra Dance Theatre, 2014, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
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Bangarra Dance Theatre, Djakapurra Munyarryun, Jeff Busby, Bangarra Dance Theatre, 2009, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
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Bangarra Dance Theatre, B&W, Bangarra Dance Theatre, 2012, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
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Bangarra Dance Theatre, Lore, with Luke Currie-Richardson, Tara Gower, Jacob Nash, Bangarra Dance Theatre, 2012, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
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Bangarra Dance Theatre, Mathinna, with Elma Kris and Patrick Thaiday, Jeff Busby, Bangarra Dance Theatre, 2008, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
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Bangarra Dance Theatre, Blak, with Hunter Page-Lochard, Beau Dean Riley Smith and Daniel Riley (2013) by Greg Barrett, Bangarra Dance TheatreSydney Opera House

Bangarra Dance Theatre, Clan (2004) by Danielle Lyonne, Bangarra Dance TheatreSydney Opera House

Bangarra Dance Theatre, Patyegarang, with Thomas Greenfield and Waangenga Blanco (2014) by Greg Barrett, Bangarra Dance TheatreSydney Opera House

The Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre, Warumuk – in the dark night (2012) by Jeff Busby, Bangarra Dance TheatreSydney Opera House

The Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre, Warumuk – in the dark night (2012) by Jeff Busby, Bangarra Dance TheatreSydney Opera House

Bangarra Dance Theatre ensemble, Fire, with Kathy Balngayngu Marika (2009) by Jeff Busby, Bangarra Dance TheatreSydney Opera House

Bangarra Dance Theatre, Belong, with Yolande Brown and Patrick Thaiday (2011) by Jeff Busby, Bangarra Dance TheatreSydney Opera House

Bangarra Dance Theatre celebrates 25 years (2014) by James Morgan, Bangarra Dance TheatreSydney Opera House

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