Tara Robertson

With Bangarra Since:
Family Background:
Tara is a descendent of the Munaldjali clan and her great-grandmother was born in Tamrookum on the Logan River. Tara also identifies with her mix of Scottish and Irish ancestry.

Tara was born and raised in Darwin, and whilst growing up there, she had the opportunities to work with the dance community and companies, highlights include Gary Lang NT dance company, TRACKS and other youth dance projects. Working with these groups gave her invaluable professional experience and led her to have the opportunity to connect with Indigenous communities, through performing or teaching workshops. 

Tara completed a Bachelor of Dance Performance at the Adelaide Centre of the Arts. She highly respects and values the teachers that work there, the knowledge that was gained and the opportunities to work with international and national choreographers.

Tara joined the company in 2011 and her highlights are incredibly varied; from the daily company classes to the creative process that is undergone for the new work produced each year. Tara enjoys the workshops and performing in Communities around Australia and her lead performance in Brolga in her hometown of Darwin is a memory she will always treasure. Performing Ochres for the 21st Anniversary of the work was also a special moment in Tara's dance career as was working with Stephen Page and Greg Barrett to be a part of the Clan book. She is honoured to be able to travel nationally and Internationally and to share her culture and stories to audiences in Community, Australia and around the world.

“A striking duet before a glowing purple fridge, when the bodies of two dancers (Tara Robertson and Luke Currie Richardson) appear fused; their arms undulating in multiple like a Hindu god”

The Guardian