A riveting new dance creation about our past, present and future
There’s a site, where the physical and spiritual meet. Where the passing of lore between two co-existing worlds occurs. Boomerangs clap, possum skin drums thud, singing and chanting echo while feet rhythmically stomp. And then silence.
Conversation has been disconnected and commutes have ceased. The site is suspended; no longer activated.
Queensland choreographer and Karul Projects’ Artistic Director Thomas E.S. Kelly invites you to experience the story of this site as a physical being in CO_EX_EN. With choreographic credits that include his Green Room Award winning work [MIS]CONCEIVE, Kelly’s performance offers audiences an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal Australia and where that fits into the modern world. His riveting new dance creation CO_EX_EN combines wit, humour and a unique choreographic style to ignite a conversation about our past, present and future.
The performance will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A.
A note from Artistic Director Thomas E.S. Kelly:
CO_EX_EN is a response to a particular place on Bundjalung country – situated in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales in Australia – where I’m from. It was a place of ceremony and gathering for tribal groups far and wide. This particular site is one of the many sites where ceremony occurred as it’s where the wall between the physical and spiritual was at its thinnest. This is where the ancestors handed over knowledge, lore and song lines.
The last gathering of family groups to this site is said to have occurred around the early 1900s.
★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald
This work is a part of Karul Projects’ double bill of Taree Sansbury’s mi:wi and Thomas E.S. Kelly’s CO_EX_EN.
Choreographer/Performer Thomas E.S. Kelly
Rehearsal Director/Performer Taree Sansbury
Performer Libby Montilla
Performer Nadia Martich
Performer Neville Williams Boney
Lighting Designer Cheryn Frost
Sound Designer Alyx Dennison
Dramaturg Vicki Van Hout
Cultural Consultant Amarlee Kelly
Cultural Consultant Ngajin Magpie
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Karul Projects would like to acknowledge the support from Australia Council, Arts House, Dirty Feet, PACT and Campbelltown Arts Centre.
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mi:wi & CO_EX_EN Double Bill
This work is a part of Karul Projects’ double bill with Taree Sansbury’s mi:wi.
mi:wi refers to the invisible ties we have to our past and future, people and country. In this contemporary dance theatre work, choreographer and performer Taree Sansbury connects three Indigenous women through the practice of Ngarrindjeri weaving.
Purchase tickets to both CO_EX_EN and mi:wi and receive both tickets for $50*!BOOK PACKAGE