Bennelong single work   drama   Indigenous story  
Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Bennelong
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'Woollarawarre Bennelong was a senior man of the Eora, from the Port Jackson area in Sydney. In a tumultuous time of Australia’s history, Bennelong and his community left us with a legacy that transcended ‘first contact’.'

'Inspired by true events, this theatrical dance work highlights the extraordinary curiosity and diplomacy that led an Aboriginal community to survive a clash of cultures, contributing to the establishment of positive relationships between the Eora and the British, for a serene future.' (Source: Canberra Theatre Centre website)

Production Details

  • Performed at Arts Centre Melbourne 7-16 September 2017. Presented by Canberra Theatre Centre and Bangarra Dance Theatre

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Note: This show is suitable for children.
First known date: 2017

Works about this Work

2017 Arts Highlights of the Year Various , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 396 2017; (p. 39-43)

'To celebrate the year’s memorable plays, films, concerts, operas, ballets, and exhibitions, we invited twenty-six critics and arts professionals to nominate some personal favourites.' (Introduction)

Bangarra, Coming Back to Country Aaron Smith , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Torres News , 21-27 August no. 1280 2017; (p. 10)

'Despite rave reviews and a sell-out season of their most-recent production, Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House, dancer and choreographer Deborah Brown of the world-renown Indigenous dance company Bangarra said she was 'really nervous' about performing their 2015 hit show I.B.I.S. on Thursday Island on August 7.'

[Review Essay] Bennelong Fiona McGregor , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Monthly , August no. 136 2017; (p. 64)

'The article reviews the theatrical production "Bennelong," by the Bangarra Dance Theatre at the Sydney Opera House in Australia'

From Nakkiah Lui to A.B Original, We Must Celebrate the Next Wave of Indigenous Storytellers Stephen Page , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 16 July 2017;

'The new generation of Indigenous creatives are vital. They stand on the shoulders of our ancestors, and build on 40,000 years of history.' (Publication summary)

The Story of Bennelong Is Potent and Evocative – but It Is Being Contested Kate Fullagar , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 8 July 2017;

'Some historians have begun to question the enduring and tragic touchstones of the Aboriginal warrior’s life.'

Canberra Theatre Centre 2017 Season: Musicals, Merchants, Mechanicals and More Ron Cerabona , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 17 October 2016;

'The 14 shows of the Canberra Theatre Centre 2017 Collected Works season, which was announced on Monday, October 17, will be bookended by two musicals. ...'

Bennelong's Life on Stage 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 19 April no. 649 2017; (p. 8)
'The story of Bennelong, one of the first Aboriginal men to be taken from his people and introduced to European ways, will be celebrated in the form of dance when the Bangarra dancers take it to the stage this year.' (Introduction)
The Story of Bennelong Is Potent and Evocative – but It Is Being Contested Kate Fullagar , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 8 July 2017;

'Some historians have begun to question the enduring and tragic touchstones of the Aboriginal warrior’s life.'

From Nakkiah Lui to A.B Original, We Must Celebrate the Next Wave of Indigenous Storytellers Stephen Page , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 16 July 2017;

'The new generation of Indigenous creatives are vital. They stand on the shoulders of our ancestors, and build on 40,000 years of history.' (Publication summary)

[Review Essay] Bennelong Fiona McGregor , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Monthly , August no. 136 2017; (p. 64)

'The article reviews the theatrical production "Bennelong," by the Bangarra Dance Theatre at the Sydney Opera House in Australia'

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