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Bangarra finds new temporary home at Barangaroo

Australia’s leading Indigenous dance company Bangarra will be moving to Barangaroo’s International Towers in the Sydney CBD in 2018.

The company is required to vacate its premises on Pier 4/5 during the significant construction period set aside to redevelop the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. The dance theatre company has been based at Walsh Bay since 1997, but will temporarily relocate its dance studio and office space to Barangaroo.

Other arts companies affected by the redevelopment include Sydney Theatre Company, which will relocate its offices to Moore Park, and the Australian Theatre for Young People.

The Australian Theatre for Young People has announced it will perform at Griffin Theatre during 2018, while STC will announce its plans when it launches its 2018 season next month. STC is rumoured to be increasing its number of performances at the large Roslyn Packer Theatre, which it manages, and also performing out of a temporary “pop-up” venue.

Executive Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, Philippe Magid said: “This is a great partnership between the private sector and the arts. It was an extensive search and we are extremely thankful to the NSW Government and International Towers for their generosity and flexibility. As a world-class dance company, we require a very specific space and International Towers have made innovative use of a vacant area within Tower Three to ensure we are properly accommodated during this interim period.

“We are also thrilled to be operating from the Barangaroo precinct so rich with Indigenous history.”

International Towers, and the Barangaroo precinct, is managed by Lendlease. Bangarra has previously worked with Lendlease on its “Reconciliation Action Plan”.

Featured image: Bangarra’s production of Bennelong, which has just finished its season at the Sydney Opera House. It tours now to Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Photo by Vishal Pandey

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