Deborah Brown, Waangenga Blanco (I.B.I.S) and Frances Rings (Sheoak)

Artistic Director:

Stephen Page

Premiered in 2015 at Sydney Opera House

Deeply moving performances and authentic storytelling presented on stage by some of Australia’s best dancers are at the heart of lore.

Artistic Director Stephen Page brings together three powerful and passionate Bangarra artists to choreograph this double-bill: award-winning Frances Rings is joined by emerging choreographic voices Deborah Brown and Waangenga Blanco.

From the enigmatic waters of the Torres Strait Islands to the deeply rooted inland trees in Australia, the trio draw a realistic portrayal of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In these heartfelt dance works, they explore themes of identity, inequality, climate change and sustainability with a hopeful and positive outlook for the future.

lore showcases Bangarra’s unique contemporary dance form with its compelling Australian storytelling expression.

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lore is superb. Everyone should see this work.

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Artistic Director
  • Stephen Page
Choreography (Sheoak)
  • Frances Rings
Choreography (I.B.I.S)
  • Deborah Brown, Waangenga Blanco
  • David Page and Steve Francis
Set Design
  • Jacob Nash
Costume Design
  • Jennifer Irwin
Lighting Design
  • Karen Norris

Touring Info

  • 2015 National tour NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC


Outstanding Performance by a Company, Australian Dance Awards 2016
  • Bangarra Dance Theatre
Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer, Australian Dance Awards 2016
  • Elma Kris
Best Ballet or Dance Work, Helpmann Awards 2016
  • Bangarra Dance Theatre (Sheoak)
Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work, Helpmann Awards 2016
  • Frances Rings (Sheoak)
Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work, Helpmann Awards 2016
  • Yolanda Lowatta (Sheoak)
Best Costume Design for the Stage, Australian Production Design Guild Award, 2015
  • Jennifer Irwin


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