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Redfern terrace with ties to globally successful Bangarra Dance Theatre up for sale

Written by The ReReport
As seen in the Source link, written by on 2019-05-19 11:00:00

There’s hope the former dance theatre headquarters can be brought back to its former glory.

A traditional terrace in inner Sydney that once played a pivotal role in indigenous culture and has ties to the globally successful Bangarra Dance Theatre, is on the market for the first time in 30 years.

From the bustling Redfern footpath, the original sandstone property at 181 Regent St might look like any other city fringe terrace, but it was once home to the National Black Theatre in the 1970s.

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Although it was the headquarters for the troupe, and not centre stage, this Redfern address is packed with local history as it was the site for various workshops and writing classes.

The NBT was born as a result of political struggles, especially around indigenous land rights.

American dancer Carole Johnson came to Australia in the early 1970s, and when she learnt of the plight of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, she created The Challenge — Embassy Dance in 1972 which featured dancers from these Redfern NBT workshops.

Over several years Johnson, who later went on to found Bangarra, returned to Sydney to give workshops at Regent St and join creative forces with indigenous actors Brian Syron and Bob Maza.

Other stars affiliated with the NBT include; Freddie Reynolds, who appeared in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith; “Aunty” Maureen Watson, who was an acclaimed poet and a founding member of Radio Redfern (now Koori Radio); and Lillian Crombie, an actor known for Baz Luhrmann’s Australia and the television show Secret Life of Us.

Since its days as the NBT headquarters, the site has had several reincarnations but is expected to now be used as a residential property when it goes under the hammer at a forthcoming auction.

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Selling agent Caleb Poka of Space Property said the terrace does need a lot of work, but has a lot of potential.

“It’s a really fantastic space with great bones. It just needs some work done and at the moment we’re not too sure about the heritage restrictions, we’re just looking into that,” he said of the listing he expects to sell for more than $1.3 million.

“I can see it going to an owner occupier who can really bring it back to its former glory. It would make a nice big family home, or possibly work as a boarding house due to its substantial size,” he added.

The three-storey property on 141sq m has twice the normal frontage of the area, a large courtyard, five bedrooms and a bathroom, however there is no parking on title.

Right on the border of Redfern and Waterloo, the property is surrounded by trendy bars and eateries, is footsteps from an IGA supermarket and is also close to Redfern’s existing train station as well as Waterloo Station that is currently under construction.