Australian contemporary dance company, founded by Carole Johnson in 1989, to showcase the dance and culture of the indigenous peoples of Australia. Since 1991, when Stephen Page became principal choreographer and director, its repertory has been choreographed by Page (some material in collaboration with Frances Rings). While drawing inspiration from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions the work also deals with issues facing the indigenous population in a modern urban environment. Productions include Ochres (1995), which explores the mystical significance of ochre, and Fish (1997), which celebrates the rivers and the seas. Both feature original scores by David Page, S. Page's brother. In 1997 Bangarra Dance Theatre collaborated with the Australian Ballet on Rites, a new version of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring choreographed by S. Page and revised in 2006. Bangarra performed at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and tours internationally. Recent works include Mathinna (Page, 2008).
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