• Sydney

In Dawes’ notebooks, rediscovered in 1972, are transcripts of a remarkable cultural exchange. Patyegarang’s words are a window into a rich, complex and utterly different perspective on her world, its values and its sacred meanings.



Bangarra liberates Patyegarang from the library shelves, putting spirit into her heart, as a striking visionary and educator.

The incidents documented in the diaries of Lieutenant William Dawes have formed the spine, and inspired the consciousness of this work, choreographed by Stephen Page with the Bangarra dancers.

This production features the First Nations' language, Sydney Language (also know as Dharag) (from the Sydney area).

Sections of Patyegarang

Eora - The spirit of Patyegarang awakens in a celebration of people and land

Dawes - A new arrival, a new connection to country

Time - A dedicated tracing of the universal law of time

Maugrai Nawi Banga - Honouring the integral role of women and the beauty in living off the land

2 Breaths - An observation of this special first contact through language

Dungaree (to dance) - A sacred ritual, refuelling for the hunt

Proclamation - The resolution to resist assimilation

Hunt - The absence of honour for sacrifice

Night Sky - A gift of cultural knowledge

Intimacy - A conscious connection

Sacred - Territorial tension

Departure - A decision honouring friendship and spirit

Resilience - Always was, always will be, our land

Duration: 70 Minutes





Premiere Season: National Tour | 2014
Patyegarang Program 2014