A solo work celebrating the culture and courage of Tasmanian Aboriginal women.

BACK is an original solo dance conveying a story of Indigenous women after the brutal invasion of lutruwita/Tasmania in 1803. It presents the journey of a young pakana woman worn down by the daily drudge of domestic servitude. Yearning for connection, her ancestral DNA fosters the strength to embrace her cultural identity as a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman.

lutruwita/Tasmania’s leading pakana dancer Sinsa Mansell explores her millennia-old culture, its near-destruction and the resistance and courage that preserved it.

Richly supported by sound and projection, Sinsa’s deeply personal dance theatre creation, in collaboration with co-director Kate Champion, draws from traditional pakana and contemporary dance forms.


Choreographer & Performer
Sinsa Mansell

Mariaa Randall

AV & Lighting Consultant
Jason James

Information for Presenters

BACKpremiered at the 2021 Ten Days on the Island Festival and opened the new Hedberg Studio Theatre.

With funding already secured from the Australia Council, Sinsa Mansell would like to return to the rehearsal room and consider a companion work to complement BACK. This will be an explorative process and build on the creative promise of the first work.

Where BACK looked to the past and Sinsa’s ancestors, this companion work will embrace the present and the future. The combined works will make a full-length event for festivals and national touring.

Marion Potts Executive Producer

Presentation History

Ten Days On The Island Festival | Theatre Royal Hobart
Hobart, TAS

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Sinsa was a participant in the 2018 Artist Residency at Tarraleah and initially developed BACK during a week-long residency at the Moonah Arts Centre in early 2019

BACK is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the City of Hobart.

Images by Jillian Mundy

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.