Growing up in Rockhampton in the ’90s, Ghenoa Gela’s daily routine was school, dance practice, dinner, Bible study, dance practice, sleep – with some covert attention paid to R&B and hip hop.
My Urrwai (which roughly translates as ‘my spirit’, or ‘my style’) explores Gela’s life, family and cultural identity as a Torres Strait Islander woman, and you’re invited into the complex political, social, colonial and cultural expectations she navigates every day.
As you’d expect from a winner of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Deadly Funny Award, Gela’s autobiographical show comes with a killer sense of humour. Laughter and deep reflection go hand in hand in this unique and intimate story told through movement and words. My Urrwai is a celebration of cultural and familial inheritance and an unflinching commentary on race relations in Australia.
'Exquisitely simple storytelling of immense meaning and purpose; engaging, entertaining and enlightening.'
Sydney Arts Guide
‘Employing her skills as a dancer, comedian, choreographer and actor, Gela charms her crowd with vivid storytelling, self-deprecating humour and wide-open expressivity under a sky of shifting colours.'
Creator & PerformerGhenoa Gela
- Director Rachael Maza
- Dramaturg Kate Champion
- Composer Ania Reynolds
- Lighting Designer Niklas Pajanti
- Set & Costume Designer Michael Hankin
Photo David Charles Collins
Produced by Performing Lines and supported by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts its arts funding and advocacy body, and the New South Wales Government through Create NSW.
Originally presented by Belvoir and Performing Lines in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Sydney Festival.
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