SONGLINES – February 2023

Bangarra Dance Theatre


This year Bangarra Dance Theatre starts a new chapter under the Artistic Direction of Frances Rings with a company of new and familiar faces.

Amberlilly Gordon has joined the company as the recipient of our 2023 Russell Page Professional Development Scholarship. She is a proud Wiradjuri and Ngemba woman from Dubbo, NSW who spent 2022 with our Youth Programs team, traveling across Australia delivering our flagship Rekindling program.

They also welcome Lucy May, a proud Danggalaba, Kulumbirigin and Tiwi woman, as the newest company dancer. Born on her Country in Darwin, NT, Lucy grew up in Newcastle, NSW and has recently returned from studying and performing in Germany.

Finally, Kassidy Waters returns to the ensemble. She is a descendant of the Wanaruah People in the Hunter Valley, NSW and initially joined the company in 2019. Kassidy returns after spending the last two years as an artistic collaborator and performer across NSW.

See their dancers on stages across Australia in our upcoming national tour of Yuldea.

Gadigal Country | Sydney Opera House
14 June – 15 July 2023

Ngunnawal Country | Canberra Theatre Centre
20 – 22 July 2023

Kaurna Yerta | Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide
10 – 12 August 2023

Meanjin | Queensland Performing Arts Centre
31 August – 9 September 2023

Wurundjeri Country | Arts Centre Melbourne
27 September – 7 October 2023

Djaara Country | Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
13 – 14 October 2023


Last year, Youth Programs Director Sidney Saltner brought the Rekindling program to his home, Wulli Wulli Country in Theodore, QLD. Watch the video to see the young people in Theodore connect to their culture and Community.

This year the Youth Programs team will visit Karratha, WA, Horsham, VIC, and Brisbane, QLD. Learn more.

Welcome Amy

Amy Weatherall joins the Youth Programs team as the 2023 Russell Page Youth Programs Graduate. Amy is a proud Kamilaroi woman born in Rockhampton, QLD. She studied at the Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts (ACPA) in Brisbane, and spent 2022 touring to regional centres across Australia with the Education and Outreach program at The Australian Ballet. Read more.

Terrain at WOMADelaide 

Terrain joins the WOMADelaide lineup on Friday, 10 March for one performance only. Held on the traditional lands of the Kaurna People, WOMADelaide is an iconic open-air festival set in Adelaide’s Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla. 

Join them under the South Australian skies for a breathtaking exploration of Australia’s largest salt lake, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. Book now.

Register now for their online and in-studio professional learning program, Winhanga-rra (hear, think, listen – Wiradjuri language). Winhanga-rra workshops are open to all education professionals and explore processes and practices for engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in an educational context. Learn more.

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