The world premiere of our first dedicated work for children, Waru – journey of the small turtle, will be postponed until 2022. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in NSW, we were unable to present the preview and premiere seasons in July and September. We’re looking forward to presenting Waru in 2022.  



  • Stephen Page
Cultural Creatives
  • Sani Townson
  • Elma Kris
  • Hunter Page-Lochard
  • Steve Francis
  • David Page
Set and Costume Design
  • Jacob Nash
Lighting Design
  • Matt Cox
Language Consultant
  • Leonora Adidi
Aka Malu - Storyteller
  • Elma Kris
  • Aba Bero
Mari – Voiceover Spirit
  • Christine Anu
  • Helen Anu
  • Elma Kris
  • Peggy Misi
  • Sani Townson

Under the star-illuminated skies of the Torres Strait, a green turtle navigates her way back to the beach where she was born. The season has started, the turtles are returning to nest, and soon the island will welcome a new generation of hatchlings – amongst them, our small turtle friend, Migi! 


In Bangarra’s first dedicated work for children, join our heroine Migi as she undertakes a journey of discovery and survival. A contemporary saltwater Lagaw Kazil (Island Children) story inspired by the totemic system of the green turtle, Waru – journey of the small turtle is an interactive and immersive introduction to Torres Strait Islander culture and dance for 3 to 7 year-olds, premiering at Bangarra’s newly renovated home in Walsh Bay. 


Created by Stephen Page, together with Hunter Page-Lochard and Bangarra alumni Dancers and Choreographers Sani Townson and Elma Kris, Waru provides teachers, parents and care-givers with a unique opportunity to open up conversations about climate change, caring for the environment and the traditional cultural values of respect and reciprocity. Inspired in part by Turtle (Corroboree, 2001), choreographed by Stephen Page, Peggy Misi and Elma Kris.


Waru has been generously supported by the Girgensohn Foundation and the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.




Presenters are invited to view our marketing resources using the link below.

Waru Marketing Kit