Bangarra dance ensemble - Patyegarang - Photo by Jess Bialek_LR

Due to popular demand, six new shows have been added to the Sydney season of Bangarra Dance Theatre’scurrent production, Patyegarang, which opened to great acclaim at the Sydney Opera House recently. The season has now been extended to 12 July 2014.

Patyegarang is a story of first contact, where a young Eora woman befriended one of the first settlers, Lieutenant William Dawes, gifting him her culture and language and marks the first time that Bangarra has told a specific Sydney story, based on historical events and documents. This remarkable cultural exchange took place in Tar-ra, now Dawes Point

Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page says, “Patyegarang is one of the few good stories that happened during Australia’s first settlements, one that we should embrace and be proud of. As a company we are pleased to see the reaction from the audience every night and look forward to sharing our storytelling through contemporary dance with many more audiences”.

Following the Sydney season Patyegarang will be presented in Canberra, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Sandra Tiltman

 Photo: Jess Bialek 

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