On the back of a critically acclaimed national tour, Bangarra are preparing to share their incredible artistry with two landmark cities as part of their 24th international tour, travelling with their 16 member dance ensemble.
Last in New York for a standalone season in 2008, the company returns to performSpirit– a collection of iconic works from Bangarra’s 27-year history – at the prestigious 13th annualFall for DanceFestival in September.Bangarra will be the only Australian company on the bill at the New York City Center festival.
Bangarra then travels to Paris in October for their first standalone season, performing at the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac.
Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page says the company is thrilled to be performing atFall for Dancefor the first time.Spiritis a true celebration of Australia’s rich culture and history, combined with outstanding dance technique.
“Presenting our artistry and storytelling on the world stage is a highlight of the year for us. Bangarra is a passionate cultural ambassador for Australia, with a distinct and profound voice. Our ability to connect with audiences without the limitations of language, enables us to share Indigenous history and grow artistic relationships between Australia and countries all over the world.
“Fall For Dance is a great opportunity and it’s an honour to be the only Australian company on the bill at one of the worlds best dance festivals. We’ve put together traditional and contemporary sections of our repertoire and we’re proud to have Bangarra founding member and Yolngu songman, Djakapurra Munyarryun, perform with us and share hisNgurrtja—Land Cleansing Song.”
Then the company travels to Paris in early October to perform at the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, known for its unique collection of over 3,500 works from the world’s Indigenous cultures, including the spectacular painting transformation of the museum’s rooftop by prominent Indigenous artist Lena Nyadbi from Warmun in Western Australia, which can be seen from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The company will present five performances of Ochres, re-imagined for generations of audiences and one of Bangarra’s most iconic works.These shows will form one element of the company’s residency, which will be comprised of public talks, workshops and screenings of Stephen Page’s acclaimed directorial feature film debutSPEAR from 5 – 8 October.
Bangarra’s Executive Director Philippe Magid said international touring is a crucial element of Bangarra’s program.
“Promoting intercultural dialogue and exchange is at the core of Bangarra and over the past 27 years we have reached over 60 cities. Tours such as this ensure Bangarra is visible on a global stage and reviewed by the world's best critics in dance meccas such as New York and Paris. They also inspire development within the company - providing our growing ensemble of 16 dancers with the chance to experience new audiences and environments.”
“We are thrilled that the Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, recognises our role in building important links as cultural ambassadors, by supporting this international tour to New York and Paris.”
On return from this two-week international tour, the company embarks on an extensive regional tour around Australia withTerrain.
Fall For DanceFestival
New York City Center
Friday 30 September 2016
Saturday 1 October
Musée du quai Branly -Jacques Chirac
5- 8 October 2016