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Bangarra Dance Theatre


Journey of the small turtle

Bangarra’s first dedicated work for children, 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.

"Waru - journey of the small turtle is captivating audiences of all ages!... less of a show for an audience, more of an event in which the audience is part of the action." ★★★★

Sydney Morning Herald

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 teachers, parents and care-givers 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 Turtle (Corroboree, 2001), choreographed by Stephen Page, Peggy Misi and Elma Kris.


"The entire experience is truly magical..."

"A stunning way of introducing the importance of how we can make a difference to the environment..."

"Bangarra has thoughtfully created a fully immersive experience."

Waru - journey of the small turtle Video by Cass Eipper


Touring 2024

Director Stephen Page
Cultural Creatives Sani Townson, Elma Kris
Writer Hunter Page-Lochard
Composers Steve Francis, David Page
Set and Costume Design Jacob Nash
Lighting Design Matt Cox
Language Consultant Leonora Adidi
Aka Malu/Storyteller Elma Kris
Performer Aba Bero

If you are interested in touring get in contact!

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