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This is a place for the sharing of culture, story and creative practice. A place to reawaken Bangarra’s vast repertoire, shifting the ephemeral nature of dance theatre through a digital continuum.

Welcome to Knowledge Ground.

Knowledge Ground is home to the millennia of stories and connections that give life to Bangarra’s work. Here we reflect on the artistic visions, languages, communities and Country that inform our productions.

This is a place for the sharing of culture, story and creative practice. A place to reawaken Bangarra’s vast repertoire, shifting the ephemeral nature of dance theatre through a digital continuum.

We encourage you to explore. Dance your fingertips across your device.

We hope to inspire you to learn more about Bangarra – and also about the rich history of our First Nations people and cultures.

About Bangarra

Bangarra Dance Theatre is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, widely acclaimed nationally and around the world for our powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voice and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design.

Bangarra was birthed in 1989 from the energy of NAISDA (National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association) founder Carole Y Johnson, along with NAISDA graduates, and Robin Bryant and Cheryl Stone. That spark continues to animate the company today.

Inextricably linked to Country and community, Bangarra’s contemporary storytelling practice has evolved from an ancient heartbeat. Our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are the heart of Bangarra, with our repertoire created on Country and stories gathered from respected community Elders.

We are grateful to Bangarra's Founding Members

Sylvia Blanco
Robin Bryant
Andrew Charlton
Donald Enoch
Dulcie Flowers
Lola Forrester
Jimmy Gaigai (dec.)
Sue Gibson
Jasmine Gulash
Carole Y. Johnson
Yapuma Larry Gurruwiwi (dec.)
Mark Howett
Percy Jackonia
Jim Mann (dec.)
Janet Guypunura Munyarryun
Ian Plater
Bob Randall
Raymond Sawyer Robinson
Neil Simpson
Monica Stevens
Cheryl Stone
Richard Talonga
Bill Warusam
Jensen Warusam
Ross Whowell

Awards

2020

Melbourne Design Awards
Gold | Digital - Entertainment & Leisure

AVA Digital Awards
Gold | Web-Based Production - Performing Arts

Communicator Awards
Award of Excellence | Performing Arts
Award of Distinction | Blog – Cultural

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