April 8, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
Spirit 2018 © Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia)
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Spirit 2018 © Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia)
Indigenous arts Dance Contemporary Storytelling
"Bangarra dance is a triumph" Herald Sun

Bangarra Dance Theatre is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance companies, admired worldwide for their moving performances, distinctive voice, visually arresting productions, and authentic story-telling. Led by Artistic Director Stephen Page, Bangarra’s unique dance technique is forged from over 65,000 years of culture, embodied with contemporary movement. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019, the company presents a program showcasing the best of its internationally acclaimed repertoire with Spirit, and Page’s Nyapanyapa, inspired by the life story of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu and her beautifully textured paintings.

Performance is approximately 1 hour and 16 minutes with no intermission.

  • Partial nudity
  • Smoke machine
video: Bangarra Dance Theatre
Bangarra Dance Theatre
Spirit 2018 © Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia)
© Vishal Pandey
© Edward Mulvihill
© Jhun Boy Borja
Elma Kris © Edward Mulvihill
Women Ensemble © Edward Mulvihill
© Susannah Wimberley
© Zan Wimberley
Tara Robertson, TaraGower, Jasmin Sheppard © Zan Wimberley


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  • Spirit CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Page and Bernadette Walong-Sene


    MUSIC: David Page and Steve Francis

    COSTUMES: Jennifer Irwin

    LIGHTING: Nick Schlieper, Karen Norris, Joseph Mercurio, Matt Cox

  • Nyapanyapa CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Page

    MUSIC: Steve Francis

    COSTUMES DESIGN: Jennifer Irwin

    LIGHTING: Matt Cox

    CULTURAL CONSULTANT: Nyapanyapa Yunupingu