Led by Artistic Director Stephen Page, Bangarra celebrated it’s 25th anniversary in 2014 and achieved their highest box office results since the company’s inception.
The company’s dance technique is forged from over 40,000 years of culture, infused with contemporary movement. The company’s 16 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.
Bangarra’s relationships with Indigenous communities are the heart of the company, with it’s repertoire created on country and stories gathered from respected community Elders. It’s this inherent connection to land and people that makes Bangarra unique and enjoyed by audiences from remote Australian regional centres to New York.
Bangarra’s annual program includes a national tour of a world premiere work, performed in Australia’s most iconic venues; a regional tour allowing audiences outside of capital cities the opportunity to experience Bangarra, and an international tour to maintain its global reputation for excellence.
Complementing the touring roster are education programs, workshops and special performances and projects, planting the seeds for the next generation of performers and storytellers.
Authentic storytelling, outstanding technique and deeply moving performances are Bangarra’s unique signature.
Helmed by acclaimed Producer / Director Robert Connolly and supported by a dedicated team of emerging and inspired practitioners, ARENAMEDIA is an innovative Australian screen business that creates and markets Australian screen content with a social and political focus across a variety of platforms.
Robert Connolly is the writer and director of the feature films PAPER PLANES (2015), UNDERGROUND: THE JULIAN ASSANGE STORY (2012), BALIBO (2009), THREE DOLLARS (2005) and THE BANK (2001).
Together with John Maynard, he is the producer of the award-winning films THE BOYS (1998) and ROMULUS, MY FATHER (2007), starring Eric Bana. Most recently Robert produced THE TURNING along with Maggie Miles, PAPER PLANES with Sam Worthington and the Endemol/Arenamedia series GALLIPOLI for Channel 9.
Brown Cab Productions is a Melbourne based independent Indigenous production company helmed by Torres Strait Islander siblings John Harvey and Margaret Harvey. Brown Cab Productions love collaborating with bold and risk taking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to share Indigenous stories on the screen and stage.
SPEAR is the company’s debut feature film, which continues Brown Cab Production’s collaboration with Stephen Page and Robert Connolly from THE TURNING chapter, SAND.
Their short films have screened in international film festivals and have been broadcast on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC TV).
Brown Cab Production documentaries have screened on ABC TV and National Indigenous Television (NITV).
Brown Cab Production’s stage debut, directed by Margaret Harvey, MY LOVER’S BONES premiered to critical acclaim at the 2014 Melbourne International Arts Festival, receiving a Green Room Award (Lighting Design). For Brown Cab Productions, the journey of story telling is paved through the empowerment of Indigenous storytellers who illuminate and share stories from a unique perspective. And in doing so celebrate and maintain a rich cultural practice of story telling.