Review – Bangarra Dance Theatre “Patyegarang”

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
14 June, 2014

Patyegarang is a gentle work. Its 70 minutes drift by almost as though one is gazing through a filmy gauze of muted tones back to a dream-like, softened version of early Sydney.
Artistic Director Stephen Page based this work around the fascinating story of Patyegarang, a fifteen-year-old Dharug girl known to be the chief language teacher and possibly lover of Lieutenant William Dawes, and whose significance Dawes documents in his carefully drawn notebooks.

 

Bangarra ensemble - Bangarra - Patyegarang - Photo by Jess Bialek