'Stephen Page is a descendant of the Nunukul, Munaldjali and Yugambeh people of south-east Queensland, and one of a trinity of talented brothers David and Russell. With an international reputation as a leading artistic director and choreographer, he is a former dancer for the Sydney Dance Company, and has been the Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre since 1991. Bangarra's unique productions merge traditional and contemporary dance, oral traditions and social history, and have been acclaimed on the national and international touring circuits. His achievements include the Sidney Myer Individual Award as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Bank Festival of the Arts in 2004; the Matilda Award for Contribution to the Arts in Queensland in 2002; and two Helpmann Awards: Best Choreography for "Corroboree" in 2001, and Best New Australian Work and Best Dance Work for "Skin" in 2000.'
Blak is physical and edgy, drawn from the artists' urban perspectives, telling the stories of Indigenous Australia in powerful and moving dance theatre.(Source: Bangarra Dance Theatre website www.bangarra.com.au)
'Described as a hymn to country, Terrain transports us to Lake Eyre the place of Australia’s inland sea: one of the few untouched natural waterways in the world. Bangarra explores the relationship of Indigenous people to country and how landscape becomes a second skin.' (Source: Bangarra Dance Theatre website)
Bangarra Dance Theatre – Best Ballet or Dance Work, Helpmann Award, 2013
Deborah Brown – Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work, Helpmann Award, 2013
Jennifer Irwin – Contribution to the Australian Arts Community by an individual (Costume Design), Arts Hub Award, 2012
Jacob Nash – Emerging Artist Award for an individual (Set Design), Arts Hub Award, 2012
Bangarra Dance Theatre Ensemble – Best Ensemble, Green Room Award, 2013
Frances Rings – Betty Pounder Award for Choreography, Green Room Award, 2013
Kaine Sultan-Babij – Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work, Green Room Award, 2013
Jhuny-Boy Borja – Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work, Green Room Award, 2013
Frances Rings – Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work, Helpmann Award, 2013
David Page – Best Original Score, Helpmann Award, 2013
'In an expanse of red dust, pounded by the hot Arnhem Land sun, a telegraph pole protrudes from the earth; a symbol of the scar that the modern world has left on an ancient community. This is Cherish's place. This is where she hides away from the real world, speaks to imagined friends and is visited by the ghosts of relatives long dead. On a day like any other the sound of a mobile phone singing out cuts through the thick dusty air, interrupting the young woman's solitude. As she calmly claws for the phone in the dirt, Cherish unearths the body of a dead boy.
Outsider Cherish will be our guide through a community torn in two, divided by moiety. At the centre of the story she will tell us is a young couple: two star-crossed lovers united in their devotion but separated by blood. Theirs is a tale of social dysfunction, black on black conflict and the difficulties of observing traditional lore in a community permeated by western culture.' (Sydney Theatre Company website)