Waru- Journey of the Small Turtle

Bangarra Dance Theatre Waru - Journey of the Small Turtle

Under the star-illuminated skies of the Torres Strait, a green turtle navigates her way back to the beach where she was born.

The season has started, the turtles are returning to nest, and soon the island will welcome a new generation of hatchlings – amongst them, our small turtle friend, Migi!

In Bangarra’s first dedicated work for children, join our heroine Migi as she undertakes a journey of discovery and survival. A contemporary saltwater Lagaw Kazil (Island Children) story inspired by the totemic system of the green turtle, Waru – Journey of the Small Turtle is an interactive and immersive introduction to Torres Strait Islander culture and dance for 3 to 7 year olds.

Created by Stephen Page, together with Hunter Page-Lochard and Bangarra alumni dancers and choreographers Sani Townson and Elma Kris, Waru provides parents, care-givers and teachers with a unique opportunity to open up conversations about climate change, caring for the environment and the traditional cultural values of respect and reciprocity.

Inspired in part by Bangarra's Turtle (Corroboree, 2001), choreographed by Stephen Page, Peggy Misi and Elma Kris.

This event is presented by Garrmalang.

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    9 – 10 November 2023

    Entry cost

    All tickets from $20 to $25
    Full Price: $25.00 Member: $20.00 Concession: $20.00 Schools: $20.00


    Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss. Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids) Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

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