The depth of knowledge
Shines pure like a diamond
Then splits into a million rainbows
once it is fully understood
Waangenga Blanco is a proud Indigenous man who descends from the Pajinka Wik in Cape York and Meriam Mer the furthest eastern island in the Torres Strait. He is an award winning, globally touring performing artist, specialising in contemporary dance, choreography and acting.
Waangenga began his professional career in 2005 with Bangarra Dance Theatre and became a senior foundational influencer to a new generation of traditionally informed contemporary dance. Finishing up his time with Bangarra in late 2018, Waangenga is now a freelance artist.
Waangenga's unwavering passion for his craft lead him to choreograph award nominated 'I.B.I.S' for Bangarra's 2015 National Tour where in the same year he won the 'Australian Dance Awards’ prize for 'Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer'. With numerous nominations throughout his career, Blanco also took home a Green Room Award for Outstanding Male Dancer for his work in Bangarra's 2014 production of Patyegarang. In 2019 he took home the Helpman Award for Australia's Best Male Dancer.
Waangenga is a creative visionary with scope across multiple platforms of expression with extensive experience in dance, live performance and acting for the stage and screen including Feature Film, Music Video, TVC, Virtual Reality Film and Dance Film.