With Bangarra Since:
Family Background:
Baden is a descendant from Saibai (Umai Clan), in the Top Western region of the Torres Strait Islands and is also from the Central (Hohodae clan, Hanuabada) and Western (Maravadai Clan, Mabaduan) provinces of Papua New Guinea. He also has English, Irish and Chinese heritage.
He joined Bangarra in 2017 as part of the Russell Page Graduate Program.
In 2015, Baden completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance at Victorian College of the Arts, where he was awarded the Creative Arts Outstanding Undergraduate Award. While training he worked with choreographers including Antony Hamilton, Lee Serle, Maria Randall, Lina Limosani, Rebecca Hilton, Jacob Boehme and Prue Lang.
He has performed as an independent dancer/choreographer in the Melbourne Festival (2016), TPS Nomad Laboratory (2016), Asiatopa (2016), Black & Bright Literacy Festival (2016) and also Yirramboi Festival (2017). He has also worked as a singer and workshop teacher with Short Black Opera company, performing in Deborah Cheetham’s Pecan Summer (2014).
With Bangarra he has had the opportunity to perform all over the world including Denmark, Germany, India, Japan, Canada and USA as well as regional and national touring of Australia.
Highlights for Baden include touring to Thursday Island and performing I.B.I.S in 2017 as well as teaching workshops in communities all over Australia and the world. Sharing and learning about stories and culture shape both our own identity and the next generation to come.