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Bangarra ‘LORE’

Deeply moving performances, incredible dancing and authentic storytelling are the trademarks of any Bangarra Dance Theatre season, and none more so than the company’s new double bill, lore.

This world premiere season opens at the Sydney Opera House, before travelling to Canberra Theatre Centre directly afterwards 9-11 July. The company are in peak form after their 25th anniversary season in 2014, which received widespread praise from both audiences and critics.

Curated by Artistic Director Stephen Page, lore features two brand-new works featuring three choreographers. The trio have drawn from their own stories and experiences to create these personal and heartfelt works, with themes of identity, inequality, climate change and sustainability.

Page said this program was about sharing inspiring stories.

“Our culture is so strong – night after night, our dancers and artists bring you their stories, passion, dedication and physicality to the stage,” said Page.

“lore is about generations, and the passing on of knowledge from the young to the old, that’s our foundation song.” 

Acclaimed choreographer Frances Rings returns to the mainstage with Sheoak, a testimony to the challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities today.

A Sheoak, also known as The Grandmother Tree is a symbol of shelter, medicine and protection. By lore it was a refuge, a portrait of hope, while the tree itself stands as a true witness to the changing lives of each new generation and a testimony to their birthright.

Complementing this piece is I.B.I.S, created jointly by crowd-pleasing Bangarra dancers Waangenga Blanco and Deborah Brown. Depicting colourful island life in their home, the Torres Strait Islands, this is the first live dance theatre work for the main stage by either dancer.

Embarking on a discovery of Australia’s tropical islands, I.B.I.S is a celebration of the resilience and optimism of the Torres Strait Islander people. Seven of the company’s 16 dancers have Torres Strait Islander heritage, including Blanco and Brown. This will be the fourth work inspired by stories from this location in Bangarra’s repertoire.

At once compelling and profound, lore will be an unforgettable night of dance.

Special Events & Talks

Parliament House Talk
Sunday 5 July, 2pm
Speakers: Stephen Page (Artistic Director), Frances Rings (Choreographer/Former Dancer), Deborah Brown (Choreographer/Dancer), Waangenga Blanco (Choreographer/Dancer), David Page (Composer)

Pre-show Forum

Thursday 9 July 6.30pm

Tickets on sale now from or call the box office on (02) 6275 2700