Bangarra’s community ticketing program provides the company with a way to connect with those who share the rich culture and history that is sewn through our storytelling. It is one of the many initiatives we have at Bangarra to bring our community together and celebrate our stories.
Bangarra has a longstanding commitment to sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories from across the country – strengthening and showcasing our culture, which spans tens of thousands of years.
This year’s work Dark Emu, inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book, features a myriad of dance stories directed by Stephen Page. Each explores the vital life force of flora and fauna, redefining the narrative around the post-colonial myth of the ‘hunter-gatherer’.
For Neil Balnaves, founder of The Balnaves Foundation, supporting Bangarra’s vision was important to the Foundation’s aim of creating a better Australia.
"The Balnaves Foundation is proud to support Bangarra's commitment to ensuring that their inspiring, authentic and positive work is accessible to all. Through a series of special performances for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, we hope to respect and honour the community relationships that are the foundation blocks of Bangarra."
Dubboo — life of a songman celebrates the incredible artist; David Page, with guests Archie Roach, Ursula Yovich and Djakapurra Munyarryun responding to his music. Featuring narration from Ningali Lawford-Wolf and performer Ben Graetz’s infamous alter ego Miss Ellaneous, it explores the many mediums where David was at home, from cabaret and storytelling, to film and drag. Longtime collaborator Steve Francis, working with composer and arranger Iain Grandage, will breathe life into his scores, animated by a string quartet, electronica, and the artistry of Bangarra’s dancers.
Bangarra’s Wilay tickets enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students to access a dedicated matinee performance, at a discounted price of $10 each. The performance is often followed by an in-conversation session with some of the dancers and creatives.
“Wilay" is the Wiradjuri word for Brushtail Possum, given to us by Uncle Stan Grant Senior. (This initiative was formerly known as Koori(e) Kids’ Day).
This is one of the ways of giving back to the communities that inspire us.