Sponsors Harlequin Floors present triple winner Bangarra Dance Theatre with the award for Outstanding Performance By A Company at The Australian Dance Awards 2016
It was a wonderfully successful and emotional evening for Bangarra Dance Theatre at this year’s Australian Dance Awards, picking up three awards including the award for Outstanding Performance By A Company, presented by Harlequin’s very own Mark Rasmussen.
Welcoming the VIP guests on the night alongside Mark, who gave a passionate speech about the importance of Australian dance, was Ros Dundas, representing Harlequin’s presenting partner of the awards, Ausdance.
A touching tribute was given to the late composer and performer, Roy David Page, who was awarded the prize for Services to Dance for his ‘prolific output of memorable and exceptional compositions for Bangarra Dance Theatre’.
Completing the winning streak for Bangarra was Elma Kris who won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer for her captivating performance in the company’s performance lore.
Other winners from the night included Sydney Dance Company’s David Mack, awarded for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer and Lucy Guerin for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for Motion Picture. Dance teacher Terri Charlesworth, won The Lifetime Achievement Award, for her ‘initiative, dedication, generosity and passion, which have greatly influenced generations of Australian dancers.’
Mark Rasmussen commented, “It was a privilege to present the Outstanding Performance By a Company Award to such an inspirational dance company like Bangarra. The way its dancers explore such personal themes through dance while connecting emotionally with the audience is truly enchanting.”
Photo: Emma Fyshwick.