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Bangarra Dance Theatre Presents PATYEGARANG, June 13

Bangarra Dance Theatre Presents PATYEGARANG, June 13

Bangarra Dance Theatre will take to the Sydney Opera House stage from 13 June with the world premiere of its new work Patyegarang. Choreographed by Artistic Director Stephen Page, Patyegarang commemorates the story of a young Eora woman who shared her culture and language with one of the first settlers Lieutenant William Dawes in this place we now call Sydney.

Bangarra Dance Theatre draws its inspiration from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Patyegarang is a Sydney story, and marks Bangarra paying homage to the land and people that the company has called home since it began 25 years ago.

Based on historical events and documents, Patyegarang tells the story of a young Aboriginal woman of intense and enduring courage, an inspiration today for the respect of Aboriginal knowledge and language. As the colonial fleet arrived on Eora country in the late 18th Century, Patyegarang befriended first settler Lieutenant William Dawes, gifting him her language in an extraordinary display of trust and friendship, which now inspires our imaginations about 'first contact'.

During the Sydney season of Patyegarang, Bangarra will host a series of events specifically for Sydney's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to honour the Eora nation, celebrating this milestone together.

Community night
A Community Night performance of Patyegarang will be held on Wednesday 11 June at 8pm with discounted tickets made available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences, supported by BHP Billiton. As with previous Bangarra Community Nights in Sydney, this will be a special experience for audiences as well as the artists of Bangarra themselves. The atmosphere is always electric and celebratory.

Koori Kids Day and Q&A
Bangarra will be also be hosting Koori Kids Day this year at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday 25 June from 12:30pm until 1:40pm. With thanks to BHP Billiton, Bangarra is able to offer heavily discounted tickets to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students from the city and outer metropolitan areas to attend this special event.
After the performance, students will have an opportunity to engage with Artistic Director Stephen Page and other Patyegarang creative team members during a Q&A session. The students will then have the chance to meet members of Bangarra in the foyer. A study guide will be available for download from the Bangarra website along with our other education resources.


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