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Bangarra Dance Theatre workshops and production comes to Melbourne

 Tuesday, 13 May 2008 

Melbourne will host the premiere of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s ‘Mathinna’, a new work inspired by the true story of a young Aboriginal girl caught between two cultures in the 1800s.

The production will be staged between the 16 – 24 May at the Arts Centre, Playhouse.

The City of Melbourne (through the Indigenous Arts Program) has established a partnership involving Arts Victoria and Aboriginal Affairs Victoria to fund the Melbourne project which will also see Bangarra facilitating a number of workshops for Indigenous people working in the arts.

The purpose of the development workshops is to enhance and inspire contemporary and traditional Indigenous dance in Victoria and to introduce stage production techniques to young Indigenous people.

The Lord Mayor John So said, “the City of Melbourne is delighted to be welcoming Bangarra to the heart of the city and we thank them for building creative partnerships with Victoria’s Indigenous community.”

Commenting on Mathinna coming to Melbourne, Councillor Carl Jetter, Chair of the Events Committee said: “Bangarra Dance Theatre is the number one Indigenous Dance Group in the world and we are urging all Melburnians to see the show and learn more about Indigenous dance and culture. For further information go to or”

The details of the partnership are as follows:

Indigenous Community Night performance of Mathinna

Thursday 15 May 2008, 8pm

For the first time in Melbourne, Bangarra will be holding an Indigenous community night performance specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in Victoria.

Bangarra Dance Workshop

Tuesday 20 May 2008, 1.00pm – 2.30pm

20 Indigenous dancers from metropolitan and regional Victoria who are currently practising traditional dance, generally as part of traditional dance groups, will be participating in this master class workshop, which will be conducted by Bangarra’s principal dancers. The aim of this workshop is to introduce the dancers to cultural protocols and the areas of adaptation and reinvention of South Eastern Australian traditional dances and dance techniques.

Behind the Scenes

Wed 21 May 2008

2.15pm onwards

A maximum of 15 young people currently engaged or interested in theatrical production and stage management will be participating in this workshop, which will focus on behind the scenes stage production and associated career opportunities, and will be conducted by Bangarra Dance Theatre's production manager.

A Conversation with Stephen Page, Bangarra’s Artistic Director

Wed 21 May 2008 11.30am - 12.30pm

A maximum of 40 people will be participating in this forum, with the focus on leadership through the arts.