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Bangarra: Bangarra

Year 10 Dance

Acknowledgement of Country

Mount St Benedict College acknowledges and pays respect to the past and present Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Ancestors have walked this country and we acknowledge their special and unique place in our nation’s historical, cultural and linguistic identity.

Visitors should be aware that this Research Guide may contain images or documentation relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are deceased.


We are Bangarra Dance Theatre.

We are a company of professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers.

We are storytellers. We are fire makers.

As one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, we share our culture with Communities and audiences across Australia and the world.


Firestarter marks Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary. Taking us through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth, the film recognises Bangarra’s co-founders Carole Y. Johnson and Cheryl Stone and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers — Stephen, David and Russell Page — turned the newly born dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse.

ABC News

Bangarra Dance Theatre marks 30 years with digital archive and exhibition.


We look at the impressive repertoire Bangarra has and delve into the dynamics of this unique dance company and its performers gaining an understanding of the creative processes involved.

Celebrating Bangarra's 30th Anniversary, Firestarter tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers Stephen, David and Russell Page turned a new dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse.

Get an inside look at the creative process with this premiere series of in-depth interviews with the leading figures in the arts world. Artistic Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre discusses his love for Indigenous dance.



Bangarra is an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies. We are widely acclaimed nationally and around the world for our powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voice and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design. Our dance technique is forged from over 40,000 years of culture, infused with contemporary movement.


The company’s dancers are professionally trained, dynamic artists who represent the pinnacle of Australian dance. Each has a proud Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background, from various locations across the country. Our relationships with Indigenous communities are the heart of Bangarra, with our repertoire created on country and stories gathered from respected community Elders. It’s this inherent connection to our land and people that makes us unique and enjoyed by audiences from remote Australian regional centres to New York.