Through the beating of a drum, bodies thrash through white noise to continue a 250-year plus old struggle. Yet still no action. Still no resolution.
SILENCE pulls Treaty out from under the rug, slams it back on the table and, with riveting intent, invites you to the conversation.
There’s silence between the stars as the Emu travels across the night sky. There’s silence in the dancer’s energy when they hit the cut, the rupture between rhythms and movement where the spirit world can enter. It’s also the deafening silence under white noise. SILENCE is about the space in between. The conversations not being heard and the responses that are muted.
We have marched across Country. We have had promises made and promises broken. The same questions have echoed through generations. This electrifying experience ensures the conversation about a Treaty will not be silenced. On a stunning sand-filled set, seven dancers perform to a dynamic live percussion score in a bold and uncompromising contemporary dance work that breaks the silence.
Young Friends discount applies for ages 12+.
‘An urgent piece of ceremony.’
Choreographer, Writer & Performer Thomas E.S. Kelly (Minjungbal-Yugambeh, Wiradjuri, Ni-Vanuatu)
Performers Taree Sansbury (Kaurna, Narrunga, Ngarrindjerri), Benjin Maza (Yidindji, Birri Gubba, Miriam Mer, Tanna Island), Keia McGrady (Githabul Migunberri- Yugumbeh), Glory Tuohy-Daniell (Indjalandji Dhidhanu, Alyewarre), Olivia Adams (Wulli Wulli)
Choreographic Dramaturg Vicki Van Hout (Wiradjuri)
Dramaturg Alethea Beetson (Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Wiradjuri)
Percussion Composer & Performer Jhindu-Pedro Lawrie (Mirning, Wuthathi)
Music & Sound Designer Sam Pankhurst
Lighting Designer Karen Norris
Costume Designer Selene Cochrane
Produced by BlakDance.
The SILENCE national tour has received financial assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
The premiere production was co-commissioned in 2020 by BlakDance, HOTA Home of the Arts, City of Gold Coast, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Brisbane Festival, with support by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.