Baleen Moondjan | Adelaide Festival | 28 Mar – 2 Apr 2024

Baleen Moondjan – Adelaide Festival opening event.

Visually spectacular and beautifully told, Baleen Moondjan kickstarts the Festival with a celebration of our First Nations’ stories and culture, the bonds between humans and animals, and the sacred resilience of Country.

The 2024 Adelaide Festival opens with the world premiere of Baleen Moondjan, a contemporary ceremony from creative visionary Stephen Page in his first major commission since leaving Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Inspired by a story from Stephen’s grandmother from the Ngugi/Nunukul/Moondjan people of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island), Baleen Moondjan celebrates First Nations’ relationships between baleen whales and communities’ totemic systems. The signature elements that have defined Stephen Page’s career are all present in this work with dramatic storytelling, striking choreography and haunting live music integrated into a stunningly designed world from Jacob Nash.

Set amongst giant whale bones on the sandy shores of Glenelg, Baleen Moondjan tells the story of a proud Elder, a curious granddaughter and the day a baleen whale comes close to shore. The whale is there to catch Granny Gindara’s spirit and carry it out to sea – a farewell, a celebration, a poignant start to a final journey. Baleen Moondjan recognises the intertwining relationships between all living creatures and our connection to earth, sky and sea.


Tickets $25 – $49 (all tickets are general admission/transaction fees apply)


Event proceeds rain or shine. In case of extreme weather, refer to their event page at 4pm on the day of the performance for any updates.

Patrons attending Baleen Moondjan can travel for FREE on tram services to and from Glenelg with a valid show ticket.

There are no seats provided for patrons. Low chairs and picnic blankets permitted.

BYO food and beverages. No glass, including glassware and wine bottles.

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What: Baleen Moondjan

When:  28 & 29 February and 1 & 2 March 2024 | 8pm (gates open: 6:30pm)

Where:   Glenelg Beach

Who:   All ages

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