Thomas E.S. Kelly (Bundjalung/Wiradjuri/NSW)
Presented in association with Next Wave Festival 2016 and Darebin Arts
In his debut full-length dance-theatre work, rising performer and choreographer Thomas E.S. Kelly 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.