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Thomas E.S. Kelly (Bundjalung/Wiradjuri/NSW)

Presented in association with Darebin Arts' Speakeasy

Book Tickets

#nextwave16 #misconceive


17-22 May


Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote


Tue–Sat 9pm | Sun 2pm & 8pm


$23 Full / $18 Concession / Green tickets Wed 18 May, Thu 19 May and Fri 20 May


45 min


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Event Details

In his debut full-length dance-theatre work, rising performer and choreographer Thomas E.S. Kelly (Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company) explodes the misconceptions and prescriptions of what it is to be a young urban Aboriginal person in Australia.

Combining Indigenous knowledge with contemporary gestural motifs, [MIS]CONCEIVE‘s fusion of hip hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern is expressive and immediate. Through the mash-up of traditional and contemporary styles that simultaneously reject, reveal and re-educate modern (mis)understandings of Indigeneity, [MIS]CONCEIVE argues that ‘knowledge’ does not equal comprehension. Books are not their covers. One size does not fit all.

Kelly and his ensemble move with assured physicality in this high-energy work that pulses with humour, play and personal stories. Voice and body become pathways to traditional dance and song, as repetition and disguise make way for moments of discovery. [MIS]CONCEIVE brings audiences through the past, to understand the present, and move forward into a better future.

  • Choreographer, Performer & Composer
    Thomas E.S. Kelly
  • Performers & Collaborators
    Taree Sansbury, Natalie Pelarek and Caleena Sansbury
  • Image
    Amanda James

This project has been assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and Blacktown Arts Centre through its Creative Residency Program. Blacktown Arts Centre is an initiative of Blacktown City Council.