Dark Emu


Running time: 70 minutes (approx), no interval
Age recommendation: 12+ (subject to change)
Content warning: contains strobe/bright lighting, theatrical smoke and haze and gunshots.

  • 2018 National Tour - NSW, ACT, QLD, WA, VIC


Artistic Director
  • Stephen Page
  • Stephen Page, Daniel Riley, Yolande Brown, and the dancers of Bangarra Dance Theatre
Costume Designer
  • Jennifer Irwin
Set Designer
  • Jacob Nash
  • Steve Francis
Lighting Designer
  • Sian James-Holland
  • Alana Valentine
Author of Original Book
  • Bruce Pascoe
Cultural Consultant
  • Yuin/Biripi Nation Woman, Lynne Thomas
Language Consultant
  • Yuin knowledge holder, Warren Foster

Premiered in 2018 at Sydney Opera House

Compelling contemporary dance, soul-stirring soundscapes and uniquely Australian stories – Bangarra is a company at the peak of its powers. In superb form after the sold-out season of Bennelong, Bangarra returned in 2018 with a major new dance work, Dark Emu

Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book of the same name, Dark Emu explores the vital life force of flora and fauna in a series of dance stories directed by Stephen Page. With long-time Bangarra collaborators Steve Francis (music), Jacob Nash (sets) and Jennifer Irwin (costumes) bringing their impeccable aesthetic to the production, Dark Emu will satisfy your spirit and connect you to Country.

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"This is an entirely captivating 70 minutes of dance theatre, which feels both revitalising and politically potent."