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Today we announce that Dancers Rika Hamaguchi, Baden Hitchcock and Bradley Smith will depart the company following the end of our successful national tour of Wudjang: Not the Past

Bangarra Senior Artist Rika Hamaguchi has beguiled audiences with her presence since joining the company in 2015. Rika is a Yawuru, Bunaba, Bardi and Jaru Woman from Broome, WA and has had feature performances in a number of works including SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert, a story from her hometown Kimberley region. Rika would like to thank everyone who she has crossed paths with during her time at Bangarra saying, "The work of Bangarra is integral in sparking interest in and reigniting people's hunger to learn about First Nations stories. I'm really thankful for everyone I've met during my years at Bangarra, and who have helped to shape who I am today."

Baden Hitchcock has been a Bangarra Dancer since he joined in 2017 as part of the Russell Page Graduate Program. 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 Papau New Guinea. He also has English, Irish and Chinese heritage. On reflecting upon his time at Bangarra, Baden said, "I would like to thank Stephen, Frances, all the creatives and the dancers for making this place feel like home and creating space to have these amazing opportunities. I came to Bangarra to both learn and share more about my culture. I have met and made connections with family and mob, who I know will walk with me for the rest of my life."

Bradley Smith is also grateful for his time at Bangarra, saying, “The past five years have been a massive chapter, which I wouldn’t change for the world. I’m very proud to say Bangarra’s my family away from my family and I’ll hold that to my heart for life.” Bradley is a descendant of the Gumbaynggirr people and also has Fijian and English heritage. Bradley joined Bangarra in 2018 as one of two Russell Page Graduate Program recipients, after completing his dance training at NAISDA Dance College.

We thank Rika, Baden and Bradley for all they have given to Bangarra, our Communities, and Industry and wish them the very best for their future endeavours.

Read the media release here.

“It is never an easy process to say goodbye, especially to our Artists who are invaluable to the cultural heart of our Company. Bangarra artists Rika Hamaguchi, Baden Hitchcock and Brad Smith have illuminated the stage with their vibrancy, physical rigour, spirited energy and commitment to our Indigenous storytelling.”

Artistic Director Stephen Page and Associate Artistic Director Frances Rings