I have a burning desire for continuous growth and creativity.
I danced with Bangarra for 8 years. I was honoured to celebrate the rich depth of Australian Indigenous cultures through the medium of dance, and to share these significant understandings within Australia, internationally and within our First Nations communities, on Country. Through this beautiful journey, I worked to cultivate the unique dance language that defines Bangarra – a language steeped in cultural history. This form of expression is instantly recognisable and easily communicates and translates to a diversity of audiences.
My time with Bangarra enabled me to find my voice in addressing current social and political First Nations’ issues and I believe that this empowers not only myself as an Indigenous woman and artist, but also our communities. Whilst with Bangarra, I found regional touring an important part of my work. I especially loved connecting with youth in isolated parts of the country. I see this work as invaluable; it can unravel inspiration within the next generation and help spark future journeys which may have previously been unimaginable. I believe that teaching is learning and I have always had a passion to pass on knowledge for the next generation – to nurture talent and creativity.
Every year Bangarra programs a Return to Country performance and shares workshops with this particular community – something that also nurtured and continues to underpin my dance artistry. I am deeply thankful for the generosity of those peoples with whom Bangarra has fostered family ties; my respect for the peoples’ stories that are passed on to Bangarra and the company dancers is immense. If we did not have the trust and support of these cultural consultants, and the deeply respectful relationships with these people, Bangarra could not be what it is today.
I have a burning desire for continuous growth and creativity. After leaving the company, I continue my practice as a dance artist, storyteller and movement-maker. I am busy pursuing different perspectives, gaining fresh insights and generating further growth; I am questioning and analysing what makes my artistry important, and how it can contribute to this country.
I ultimately aim to create a dance language that is unique to my heritage and unique to me.
I am constantly exploring - defining and redefining my body’s movement. Within my dance practice, I scrutinise the idea that, what we carry within ourselves, subconsciously, we express through a personal and idiosyncratic dance language. I believe that our perception and ideas, and our creation of art, is highly influenced by not only our country’s values but also our cultural background, childhood, gender, race, friends, family, trauma and triumphs. Our impetus and our responses to creative tasking are laden with our body’s history and identity.
Self-driven in my pursuit, I am searching for a ‘truer, authentic self – a new integrity from which 'unlearned' movement can evolve. Through analysis and a stripping away of layers, I hope to discover a deeper understanding of the body and how it can be liberated from its accumulated knowledge.
For me, these are big objectives ... and I’m at the start of this journey. I ultimately aim to create a dance language that is unique to my heritage and unique to me.
Dance Artist (Alumni)
Tara completed a Bachelor of Dance Performance at the Adelaide Centre of the Arts. After freelancing from 2007-10, Tara joined Bangarra Dance Theatre as a Dance Artist and was honoured to celebrate the rich depth of Australian Indigenous cultures through the medium of dance, and to share these significant cultural stories within Australia, internationallym and within First Nations communities on Country.Explore profile