Announcement of the 2022 winner Russell Page of the Bangarra Dance Theater



Bangarra Dance Theater announces today the appointment of two new dancers, who will join the company in 2022.

Janaya Lamb will join all the dancers of the company in 2022. Janaya is a proud young Wiradjuri woman, born in the country of Bunjalung. Raised in Tamworth in Gamileraay Country, she also has Torres Strait ties in her ancestry. Lamb’s initial dance training was in hip hop, starting at the age of four. During her studies, she was with the NSW Department of Education Aboriginal Dance Company.

Starting her studies at NAISDA in 2018, she developed her skills in hip hop, as well as in contemporary Indigenous dance. She has also acted in a number of independent and commercial projects.

Janaya said: “I am very proud to join Bangarra. Ever since I joined the Rekindling program from the age of 13, Bangarra is something that I have always dreamed of and something that my family told me I could. do if I believed in myself.. I can’t wait to start this journey. “

Jesse Murray will also join the company as a Russell Page 2022 graduate. A proud Wiradjuri man from the Galari tribe, Jesse has been learning and performing traditional dances about Wiradjuri country and around NSW since he was a young boy. Jesse was with the NSW Dept of Education Aboriginal Dance Company for three years before starting his studies at NAISDA Dance College in 2018.

While at NAISDA, he participated in several cultural residencies in northeastern Arnhem Land and on Moa Island in Torres Strait. Murray has appeared in many seasons of NAISDA performances, dancing in works by several First Nations choreographers, including Frances Rings, Associate Artistic Director of Bangarra and Deborah Brown. He has also worked with Joshua Thomson (Legs on the Wall) and Craig Bary (Catapult Dance).

Jesse said: “I am very grateful to be a part of Bangarra and to have the chance to grow as a dancer among other indigenous artists. I am also very happy to be able to share my culture, because cultural dance is there. ‘place where my dance journey began “.

Since 2015, the Russell Page Graduate Program has seen more than twenty young artists start their first professional engagement with Bangarra. Of the current dance ensemble, 11 of the 16 dancers joined the company as Russell Page Graduates.

Bangarra Associate Artistic Director Frances Rings said: “I am delighted to welcome Janaya Lamb and Jesse Murray to Bangarra. I have had the privilege of seeing their growth and development during their training, both in the Rekindling program and at NAISDA Dance College. A time of instability for our industry, it is encouraging to see our young people who are proud, resilient and adaptable. Their drive and unwavering commitment to their art form is the spirit that will guide us through these difficult times. “


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