Waru - journey of the small turtle

Presented by Bangarra Dance Theatre

Wed 23 Oct
Waru - journey of the small turtle

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 3-7-year-olds. 

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

Waru – journey of the small turtle has been generously supported by the Girgensohn Foundation, the Knights Family Jabula Foundation and the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Wed 23 Oct
Theatre 1
45 mins
Adult $25
Child $25
School Groups $21

We’re proud to offer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members, and those who work alongside First Nations peoples, access to $15 Community priced tickets. Community ticketing initiatives provide Bangarra with a way to connect with those who share the rich culture and history that’s sewn through their storytelling. Community tickets are made possible through the generous support of The Balnaves Foundation.
Wed 23 October - 10:00am & 1:00pm

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Links to Curriculum

The Arts: F-4 Dance, Drama, Media, Music
Foundation: explore how and why the arts are important for people and communities
Explore where, why and how Dance/Drama/Music/Media is created and/or performed across cultures, times, places and/or other contexts.

Year 4 History
The diversity of First Nations Australians, their social organisation and their continuous connection to Country/Place

General Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social.

Cross-Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures,

Recommended grades: prep, grades 1-2.

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