Bangarra Dance Theatre
Presented by Adelaide Festival
DANCE / AUSTRALIA
Bangarra Dance Theatre is a national treasure. After triumphant sold-out seasons around the country, we are thrilled that Adelaide audiences will see what is perhaps its greatest work to date.
Created by Artistic Director Stephen Page, Bennelong explores the life of one of our history’s most significant Aboriginal elders. His name may roll easily off the tongues of white Australians as they describe the site of the Sydney Opera House or even the electorate of ex-Prime Ministers, but few of them are aware of his importance in the story of our country. Woollarawarre Bennelong was a senior Wongal man of the Eora nation, who led his people to survive an existential clash of cultures. His phenomenal 50 years encompass kidnap, escape, the spearing of Governor Arthur Phillip, both pre-eminence and rejection from his clan, pre-eminence and rejection from the white elite, and an audience in England with King George III.
Through striking dance language, soul-stirring soundscapes and exquisite design, Bangarra unpacks Bennelong’s legacy and its reverberation into contemporary Australian life.
...ravishingly beautiful. The Australian
★★★★★ ...a benchmark in Australian dance creativity. Sydney Morning Herald
Image: Vishal Pandey