Bangarra Dance Theatre

Bangarra Dance Theatre is acclaimed worldwide for its authentic storytelling, distinctive voice and moving performances. In 2017, the company returns with Bennelong, a new full-length work by Artistic Director Stephen Page.

Woollarawarre Bennelong was a senior man of the Eora, from the Port Jackson area in Sydney. With extraordinary curiosity and diplomacy, Bennelong led his community to survive a clash of cultures, and left a legacy that reverberates through contemporary life.

Bennelong is Bangarra at its best. The company celebrates the continuation of life and culture through the power, artistry and passion of the country’s most acclaimed dancers. With its immersive soundscapes and exquisite design, Bennelong will leave you in awe of Australia’s history – and its power to repeat.

Don’t miss your only chance to experience Bangarra in 2017.

READ THE PROGRAM. Check out the program online before you see the show and read up on the artistic process, see photos of the rehearsals, and learn more about the history of Bennelong, the man.

“A modern dance company unlike any other.” The New York Times
★★★★★ “Bennelong is an extraordinarily powerful work, a benchmark in Australian dance creativity. It sums up yesterday, today and perhaps tomorrow in a swirling series of storytelling episodes that explore Indigenous lives in an Australia colonised by Europeans.” Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★½ “Bangarra fires on all cylinders in seminal tale of first contact … Dauntingly iconic, profoundly sad, Bennelong is beautifully realised.” Limelight Magazine


Choreography Stephen Page with the Bangarra dancers
Costume Design Jennifer Irwin
Set Design Jacob Nash
Lighting Design Nick Schlieper
Music Steve Francis
Dramaturg Alana Valentine

  • Connecting safely at QPAC

    Depending on current Queensland Health guidelines QPAC’s theatre capacities may vary and there may be patrons occupying the seats directly beside, behind or in front of you during a performance. Masks are mandatory for all patrons until otherwise advised. Please bring your own mask with you to the theatre. For contact tracing purposes we are using the Check In Qld app and encourage all patrons to download the app and fill out their details prior to attending performances at QPAC. Find out more.

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Presented by QPAC and Bangarra Dance Theatre

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    A Study Guide for Bangarra Dance Theatre's Bennelong providing background information for teachers and students. This guide contains resources and information about: 
    - the company
    - the production
    - the creative process and the creative team
    - comprehensive curriculum links



"Irrespective of the colour of your skin, your connection to country or your interest in the performing arts, [Bangarra presents] the best kind of integrated contemporary performance on offer." By Australian Stage

"Hits hard ... one of the most poignant and shocking endings I’ve seen in dance." By The Guardian

"Utterly searing … Moments of sheer brilliance flash and spark all the way through." By The Daily Telegraph