Bangarra returns to city

Newcastle audiences are in for a real treat this week when Bangarra Dance Theatre brings their incredibly moving OUR land people stories to the Civic Theatre Newcastle on Friday and Saturday 9-10 February.

I am so excited to welcome Bangarra back to Newcastle after nine years to open Civic Season 2018. The company is widely acclaimed nationally and internationally for their powerful dancing and distinctive theatrical voice, and I encourage Novocastrians to enjoy these stories of country and indigenous heritage and experiences.

Bangarra, Australia’s only indigenous major performing arts company, will spend three days in our city engaging with the community beyond their performances. They will conduct a master class with students at the Hunter School of the Performing Arts, as well as engage with our local Aboriginal Peoples and Indigenous dance groups.

OUR land people stories is a triple bill featuring three personal and profound works.

Nyapanyapa, a work by Bangarra artistic director Stephen Page, is inspired  by the beautifully textured painting of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

Dancers Beau Dean Riley Smith and Daniel Riley explore the kinship systems of the Wiradjuri country in their work Miyagan, and the true history of Sydney is explored in Macq by Jasmin Sheppard, examining the two sides of Governor Macquarie.

Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor

Nuatali Nelmes