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Bangarra brings Pascoe’s bird to life

Bangarra Dance Theatre will hold special community night performances of its major new dance work, ‘Dark Emu’, in Brisbane and Melbourne.

The performances, with discounted tickets, are being held with the support of the Balnaves Foundation.

The special performances come as part of Bangarra’s national tour of the show, which was inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book of the same name.

It explores the vital life force of flora and fauna in a series of dance stories directed by Stephen Page and choreographed by Page, Yolande Brown and Daniel Riley.

The community night in Brisbane will be held at the Playhouse at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on August 23 at 7.30pm.

Melbourne’s community night will be held at the Playhouse at the Arts Centre Melbourne on September 5 at 7.30pm.

“Community nights are an important way of giving back to the people and communities that inspire our stories, while celebrating and strengthening our culture, which spans tens of thousands of years,” Mr Page said.

For more information and tickets for community performances, visit or email

Bangarra’s tour dates for ‘Dark Emu’ are: Sydney from June 14-July 14; Canberra from July 26-28; Perth, August 2-5; Brisbane, August 24-September 1; and Melbourne from September 6-15.

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