Commonwealth Bank Partners with Bangarra Dance Theatre for 20 Year Anniversary

19 March 2009

The Commonwealth Bank Group was today announced as Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 20-year Anniversary Partner as part of the Group’s commitment to Indigenous Australians.  

Bangarra is dedicated to creating a truly unique Australian dance language by mixing traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture with international contemporary dance. 

Commonwealth Bank Executive General Manager, Tristan Wills said this partnership demonstrates the Group’s commitment to Indigenous communities and the promotion of Indigenous culture.

“This partnership with Bangarra Dance Theatre is an important part of our Reconciliation Action Plan, and our commitment to supporting Indigenous culture in Australian communities. 

“Commonwealth Bank has had a long history of supporting the arts in Australia and this new partnership with Bangarra is a great way to build on that.”

Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Stephen Page said this new partnership with one of Australia’s most recognised and respected organisations, is a momentous way to commence celebrations for Bangarra’s 20-year anniversary.

“With Commonwealth Bank’s support we are well positioned to inspire and educate Australians as well as providing Indigenous role models within the community.”

The 2009 anniversary year partnership will be marked by the exciting national stage production, FIRE, a retrospective production featuring elements of the company’s repertoire from the last 20-years commencing in August 2009. 

For further information please contact:

George Pank Commonwealth Bank Public Relations,

Ph: (02) 9378 3944/0422 048 659


About Commonwealth Bank in the community                                                

The Commonwealth Bank Group has been actively supporting the Australian community since it opened its doors in 1912. The Group combines the work of the Commonwealth Bank Foundation, our community partners and our people to achieve social outcomes that enrich the communities in which we live and work. Our community support covers financial literacy, health and wellbeing, the arts, sport, social welfare and the environment. 

Bangarra announces 20 year anniversary retrospective work – FIRE

Indigenous culture is over 40,000 years old.  FIRE will take you on a 20 year journey that encapsulates those millennia and traces Bangarra’s evolution from its modest beginnings to its place now on the most renowned stages of the world.  Bangarra will perform FIRE at the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre.  From 28 August closing with a GALA performance on 26 September 2009.