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Bangarra Dance Theatre's Bennelong

Bangarra Dance Theatre will bring its landmark production Bennelong to Geelong Performing Arts Centre from February 21-23 as part of the 2019 Deakin University Theatre Season.

Following the extraordinary success of Bennelong’s premiere season in 2017 and a sold-out season at Adelaide Festival in 2018, the production is regarded by many as the strongest and most compelling work to have emerged from Bangarra in its 30-year history.

Directed by Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page, Bennelong tells the remarkable story of Woollarawarre Bennelong, a senior man of the Eora nation, from the Port Jackson area in Sydney. Bennelong was one of the first Aboriginal men to be taken from his people and, against his initial will, introduced to European ways. He was a traditional man who became an intermediary between his clan and the colonists, and one of the first Aboriginal people to have their life story recorded and documented through the early diaries of the British military, even travelling to London as a guest of Governor Arthur Phillip who ordered his initial capture.
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