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Bangarra farewells Elma Kris
As our regional tour of Bennelong draws to a close, one of Bangarra’s longstanding and much-loved dancers, Elma Kris, will perform for Australian audiences one last time as part of our permanent ensemble of dancers.Elma’s journey with Bangarra will continue as she takes the next steps in her creative career.
As a revered senior artist and mentor of the company, Elma will be assisting our Youth Program Team and working closely with our Artistic Director Stephen Page as a cultural leader. Elma will also perform as a guest artist in our International Tour towards the end of year.
Since joining Bangarra in 1999, Elma Kris has had a rich and rewarding career as a dancer, choreographer, actor and teacher. She was awarded a Deadly Award for Dancer of the Year in 2007. She was also nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer for her title role in Stephen Page’s Nyapanyapa, part of Bangarra’s triple-bill OUR land people stories (2016).
Elma’s many choreographic credits include Bupau Ipikazil and Bupau Mabigal (NAISDA, 1994), and Malu (Bibir dance company, 1998). She has represented Torres Strait Island culture on the global stage, choreographing the Torres Strait Islander components of the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony (2000), and shared the stories of her culture in Emeret Lu (Bangarra, True Stories, 2007) and About (Bangarra, Belong, 2011).We are incredibly proud of Elma’s artistic contributions to the company, and support her in her exciting next chapter as a future cultural creative of Bangarra.
“Elma's voice is vital within Bangarra’s story and evolution. Over the past twenty years, she has been a unique creative collaborator, a source of wisdom and a valued friend to me. She has been instrumental in shaping and bringing Torres Strait Islander stories to the stage. I have such enormous respect for Elma – she is a rare artist and leaves an incredible cultural legacy for the next generation to carry forward. I look forward to this new chapter and the possibilities it brings for us to work together in new ways.” – Stephen Page, Artistic Director Bangarra Dance Theatre
Join us in celebrating her formidable dance career in our final performances of Bennelong in Cairns this weekend, and reflect on Elma’s personal career highlights in this image gallery.
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