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Waangenga Blanco

Dance Artist

  • Cape York Peninsula, Murray Island

Waangenga is a descendant of the Mer Island People and of the Pajinka Wik, Cape York. After studying at NAISDA, he was invited to join Bangarra in 2005. He has been nominated for many awards and won the Australian Dance Award’s Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer in 2014.

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Heritage

Waangenga is a descendant of the Mer Island people and of the Pajinka Wik, Cape York.

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Bio

Waangenga (pronounced Won-nee-ga) is a descendant of the Mer Island (Murray Island) people and of the Pajinka Wik, Cape York.

After studying at NAISDA, Waangenga was invited to join Bangarra in 2005. His career highlights include the company's return to Meriam Mer in the Torres Strait Islands to perform Emeret Lu by the ocean and also dancing on the football field in Yirrkala for the community.

In 2015, he made his choreographic debut with I.B.I.S as part of the lore program. He won an Australian Dance Award and Green Room Award for his performance in 2014’s Patyegarang and was nominated for a Helpmann Award and Greenroom Award for Male Dancer of the Year in 2012.

Waangenga appeared in films Bran Nue Dae (2009), The Turning(2013), Dive, Stephen Page’s SPEAR (2016), and Dan Sultan’s music video “Under Your Skin”.

He aims to inspire through his deep love and connection to Country and culture, and draws strength from his family and his childlike curiosity to look, listen and learn from our rich tapestry of stories.

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Awards

  • 2015
    Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer, Patyegarang
  • 2015
    Green Room award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer, Patyegarang
  • 2012
    Dance Australia’s CRITICS SURVERY's Dancer To Watch, Belong
  • 2011
    Nomination – Green Room Award for Male Dancer, Of Earth & Sky
  • 2014
    Nomination – AusDance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer, Blak
  • 2012
    Nomination – Helpmann Award for Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work, Belong