Stephen Page with the Bangarra dancers

World premiere at Sydney Opera House in June 2017

In 2017, Bangarra presents a new contemporary dance work, choreographed by Artistic Director Stephen Page, inspired by true events.

Woollarawarre Bennelong was a senior man of the Eora, from the Port Jackson area in Sydney. In a tumultuous time of Australia’s history, Bennelong and the Eora Nation transcended “first contact”, leaving us a legacy that is still so tangible in our 21st century. Bennelong highlights the extraordinary curiosity and diplomacy that led an Aboriginal community to survive a clash of cultures.

This brand-new work is Bangarra at its best. In a unique Australian dance language, the company embraces history – celebrating the continuation of life and culture with the power, artistry, passion and physicality of the country’s most acclaimed dancers.

In no other company’s work are past and present so potently, inextricably intertwined.

The Australian


  • Stephen Page with the Bangarra dancers
Costume Design
  • Jennifer Irwin
Set Design
  • Jacob Nash
Lighting Design
  • Nick Schlieper
  • Steve Francis
  • Alana Valentine

Touring Info

  • Sydney Opera House 29 June - 22 July 2017
  • Canberra Theatre Centre 3 - 5 August 2017
  • QPAC, Brisbane 24 August - 2 September 2017
  • Arts Centre Melbourne 7 - 16 September 2017

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