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Blak Wave – Artist Panel

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Representation, reality and good storytelling. Producer Jason Tamiru hosts a conversation on contemporary Indigenous performance practice with Next Wave performance makers Colin Kinchela, Gavin Walters, Carly Sheppard, playwright Jane Harrison and others.

What does it even mean to be Indigenous and a performer? What are your obligations to family and heritage? What is theatre’s place in this generation’s storytelling? And, if you’re a white fella, how do you fit into all of this? Join the conversation, as these outstanding artists discuss how they tackle cross-cultural taboos, politics of identity and collaboration in contemporary Indigenous performance.

Join Colin Kinchela and Gavin Walters for their Next Wave performance of SEETHrough before this talk. Purchase tickets here

Colin Kinchela (Gomaroi Nation) is an independent Sydney based and trained actor, director and writer, who works across a sweep of performance mechanisms combining dominant work practices of community cultural (heritage) protocols and social justice. He regularly facilitates for a range of diverse educational and arts organisations and is a former board member of Mooghalin Performing Arts.

Gavin Walters is known primarily as a writer and blogger. While studying Fine Arts at C.O.F.A., he cut his filmic teeth directing 16mm short films and video work. He has written under the pseudonym Jorvn Jones for over 15 years. His popular ‘social diary’ blog Cicatrix chronicled his adventures around Sydney’s arts, film, music and foodie scenes. Since 2011 he has teamed up with Colin Kinchela to form the collective Sean Jorvn, whose notable work has included the short film Kiss Me, Deadly!, which was shown at the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival.

Carly Sheppard is a Melbourne-based Indigenous dancer and choreographer descending from the Wallangamma and Takalaka Tribes of North QLD. After studying at NAISDA Dance College and the Victorian College of the Arts, Carly has been training and working professionally in the dance industry for over eight years.

Jane Harrison is a descendant of the Muruwari people of NSW. She has two parallel careers, as a researcher/policy maker and as a writer. Her work has toured nationally as well as  to  the UK, Hong Kong and Tokyo, with readings in Canada, New York and Los Angeles. Her production Stolen was the co-winner of the Kate Challis RAKA Award  in 2002 and her play Rainbow’s End won the Drover’s Award for Tour of the Year (2012). Both plays have been on the English syllabi. Jane’s essays include My Journey through Stolen, the MJA Ross Ingram 2010 award-winning Healing our communities, healing ourselves, and Indig-curious; who can play Aboriginal roles? (2012). She guest edited RealBlak performing arts magazine (2012) and has an MA in Playwriting from QUT (2010). She has two daughters.

Blak Wave - Artist Panel

Date: Saturday 3 May 2014

Location: Tower Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne VIC 3006

Time: 5.15pm

Duration: 1hr

Accessibility: Not accessible

Notes: This is a free event, however bookings are essential.

Ticket Prices: Free

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