Bangarra Dance Theatre
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which the Department is located. The Department also acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognises their contributions to the Department's representations of Australia to the world.
As a proud descendant of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan from Queensland, Stephen Page grew up with a strong connection to his country and ancestors. Page is determined to keep the traditional stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people alive for the next generation and to share their beauty and power with the rest of Australia and the world.
A classically-trained dancer himself, Page has served as Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre – Australia's leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company – since 1991. The stories that Bangarra tell are drawn from across Australia and reflect the tremendous diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions and cultural practices.
Bangarra and the Australian Government have been partners in promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and excellence for decades. When touring overseas, Bangarra often works closely with Australian embassies in arranging its performances and cultural exchange workshops.
Bangarra recently embarked on an extensive international tour in India and Japan, which included a range of First Nations cultural exchange opportunities and a major free outdoor performance in New Delhi as part of Australia Fest.
To complete the tour in November, the company performed as the centrepiece and concluding highlight of the Australian Government's Australia now program at the Saitama Arts Theater in Japan.
The company also engages Indigenous peoples around the world, which helps forge links between Indigenous groups. In India, the company delivered a variety of community engagement opportunities with Indigenous groups across the country.
Cultural activities like this help build audiences for Australian artistic work and add to our international influence.
'Traditional culture, told through stories, through the myriad of mediums, is a great way to imprint a true identity about who we are as Australia,' Page says.