The Victorian Government has announced $500,000 to support a four-year residency program that will see Bangarra stage an annual season in Bendigo comprising of performances, workshops, education programs and community activities. The four-year program aligns with the 2019 regional tour of Bangarra’s multi-award-winning production Bennelong, with the company travelling to Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory, as part of a five-stop tour across Australia through February and March.
Following the extraordinary success of Bennelong’s premiere season in 2017, and a sold-out season at Adelaide Festival in 2018, the production is regarded by many as one of the strongest and most compelling works to have emerged from Bangarra in its 30-year history.
Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Executive Director Philippe Magid said “We are incredibly grateful to the Victorian Government for their support, which will help Bangarra continue our commitment to sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories with communities in regional Victoria.
The Victorian Government has already been a key supporter in this endeavour, most recently enabling Bangarra’s youth outreach program Rekindling to visit Warrnambool, Heywood and Horsham in 2016-2017. Through our current partnership with Creative Victoria, we are bringing past Rekindling students from regional Victoria to Geelong to see Bennelong and take part in a workshop with Bangarra’s dancers, deepening the cultural connection they experienced through the program.
With the Victorian Government’s support, Bangarra were delighted to bring a number of international presenters and producers from Europe to experience Bennelong in Bendigo; showcasing the region and introducing them to local arts organisations.
Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said “Bangarra is a unique company of performers who bring together authentic First Peoples stories and exceptional contemporary dance in extraordinarily powerful performances. We’re proud to be supporting Bangarra to come to Bendigo each year, bringing the very best creative and cultural experiences tour region –as well as hosting events to get the community involved."