Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Bangerra Dance Theatre tells the story ofPatyegarang, the journey of an indigenous spirit, alive in Australia’s past and present.

The show celebrates Patyegarang, a young Aboriginal woman of intense courage, garnering and deserving the respect of Aboriginal knowledge and language of today.

As the colonial fleet arrived in the late 1800’s, she befriended Lieutenant William Dawes, teaching him the native dialect in an unprecedented display of trust and friendship. Dawes faithfully recorded all of his times with Patyegarang in his notebook, which were rediscovered in 1972 and are the inspiration for this creative work.

Patyegarang is showing at the Sydney Opera House from Friday June 13, running until July 4. Tickets from $29.

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