Bangarra flies off on first trip to Turkey

Bangarra takes off this Saturday, flying to Istanbul for two very special performances at the recently opened Zorlu Center.

Bangarra flies off on first trip to Turkey

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As part of the Australian Government’s Australia now Turkey2015 festival, Bangarra will be the first Australian performing arts company to perform at this 2,200-seat concert hall.

The company then continues on to Paris for an intimate performance at the Australian Embassy, overlooking the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page says the company is thrilled to be visiting Turkey for the first time, taking with them theSpiritprogram which features excerpts from classic Bangarra repertoire.

The company will not only be performing but will host cultural workshops in Turkey as well.

‘I know the dancers can’t wait to introduce Turkish audiences to the unique Bangarra experience and share our stories with a completely new and appreciative international audience,’ he said.

Bangarra’s Executive Director Philippe Magid said international touring has always been an essential part of the company’s activity, with this trip being its 23rd international tour.

‘We have a rich history of international touring and over our 26-year history. We’ve performed in 66 cities around the world, from New York to Vietnam to London,’ said Magid.

‘We’re very proud to be invited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to part ofAustralia now Turkey 2015 program, the Australian Government’s biggest cultural festival in Turkey. The reception we receive from our overseas audiences is always overwhelming, as our performances are so uniquely Australian.’

When the company returns from this two-week tour, it embarks on an extensive regional tour to Queensland and New South Wales throughout October and November before returning to Sydney in late November to openOchres at Carriageworks for a Sydney-only season.

Istanbul, Turkey

Zorlu Center

17–18 September

Paris, France

Australian Embassy

22 September

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