Bangarra Dance Theatre Announces Senior Dancer Daniel Riley's Departure

Bangarra Dance Theatre Announces Senior Dancer Daniel Riley's Departure

Bangarra Dance Theatre announced today that after seven years of outstanding achievements with the company, senior dancer Daniel Riley will be departing to pursue dance opportunities in Europe.

As well as featuring as one of Bangarra's most acclaimed performers, Riley has also been one of several Bangarra senior dancers who have been nurtured as choreographers by Artistic Director Stephen Page, most recently as co-creator of Blak. Riley's final performance with Bangarra will be at the company's appearance this month at the Holland Dance Festival 2014.

Daniel Riley (formerly Daniel Riley McKinley) joined Bangarra Dance Theatre in 2007 and has since toured nationally and regionally in 10 different Bangarra works: Clan, True Stories, Mathinna, Fire - A Retrospective, of earth & sky, Belong, Terrain, Warumuk - in the dark night, Blak and Kinship. He has also toured extensively overseas with Bangarra in Awakenings, Rites, True Stories, Spirit and Warumuk - in the dark night.

Artistic Director Stephen Page says of Riley's contribution to the company, "When Daniel joined the company in 2007, he brought a unique and distinctive creative talent. During his time at Bangarra, Daniel connected back to his clan and heritage and became a story teller for his culture through contemporary dance. Supporting the company's creative vision and my work as Artistic Director, Daniel inspired the artists of Bangarra as a dancer and a choreographer with two highly acclaimed works, Riley and Scar. Following his deep and significant contribution to Bangarra's songline, I wish Daniel all the best in gaining further experience in Europe."

In 2010 Riley received two award nominations: Dancer of the Year at the Deadly Awards; and Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer at the Australian Dance Awards for his performance in Fire - A Retrospective. That same year he made his choreographic debut for Bangarra creating Riley, from the double bill of earth & sky.

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