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Memorable program as Bangarra looks back on three decades of dance
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Memorable program as Bangarra looks back on three decades of dance

On a clear night with an energetic wind hitting the headland over Sydney Harbour at Barangaroo, Bangarra Dance Theatre returned from COVID-induced silence of nearly a year.

  • by Jill Sykes

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