Japan Tour: I.B.I.S and Spirit 2018

Saitama, Japan
Saitama Arts Theater
9 & 10 November

  • 2018 International Tour - Japan


I.B.I.S Choreography
  • Deborah Brown and Waangenga Blanco
Spirit 2018 Choreography
  • Stephen Page
Spirit 2018 Traditional Choreography and Music
  • Djakapurra Munyarryun
I.B.I.S Music
  • Steve Francis
Spirit 2018 Music
  • David Page
I.B.I.S Costumes
  • Jennifer Irwin
Spirit 2018 Costumes
  • Jennifer Irwin
I.B.I.S Lighting Design
  • Karen Norris
Spirit 2018 Lighting Design
  • Nick Schlieper, Karen Norris, Joseph Mercurio and Matt Cox

Bangarra Dance Theatre is Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company, acclaimed worldwide for its moving performances, distinctive voice and authentic storytelling.

In our fourth visit to Japan, we present I.B.I.S and Spirit 2018, showcasing the best of Bangarra’s 29-year repertoire in a powerful celebration of culture. Performances will be held at the Saitama Arts Theater and are the concluding highlight of the Australian Government's Australia now program.

I.B.I.S is a story from Murray Island in the Torres Strait, a beautiful and isolated land of laughter and sunny smiles. This joyful work explores life on the islands: a place where, despite challenges of displacement and climate change, the culture remains strong and the people optimistic. 

Spirit 2018 takes audiences into a mysterious and secret space to witness nature’s sacred poetry. This powerful collection of dance stories by Artistic Director Stephen Page celebrates the spirit of the dingo, the ephemeral life of the moth, and Indigenous people’s unbroken connection to the land. 

With contemporary movement forged from 65,000 years of culture, Bangarra is an unforgettable dance experience. 

Bangarra’s performances in Japan are made possible because of the generous support of the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australia-Japan Foundation, and sponsors of Australia now.