Join Joel Bray, Emily Havea, and Zindzi Okenyo as they discuss their journeys as artists in Australia. From the challenges to the triumphs, Joel, Emily, and Zindzi will unpack how they navigate the industry to achieve their creative visions and artistic goals while maintaining their autonomy and integrity. This will be a facilitated discussion with an opportunity to ask questions, so bring your curiosity and all your questions as three of Australia’s most exciting artists give us a glimpse into their practice.
Naarm-based Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri man who danced in Europe and Australia with CeDeCe, Kolben and FRESCO Dance Companies, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor and Roy Assaf and CHUNKY MOVE. Joel’s works Biladurang, Dharawungara and Daddy have toured to the Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, Midsumma, Auckland, LiveWorks and Dance Massive Festivals and Arts Centre Melbourne. Joel was the 2019 National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow, and continues this Burbang research into Wiradjuri ceremony as Chunky Move’s inaugural Choreographer-in-Residence. Joel’s works spring from his Wiradjuri heritage, are intimate encounters in unorthodox spaces, in which audience-members are invited in as co-storytellers to explore the experiences of fair-skinned Aboriginal people, and of gay men in an increasingly digital isolated world.
Sydney Theatre Company: Grand Horizons, The Golden Age, Boys Will Be Boys, A History of Everything, Money Shots, Before/After, Blood Wedding, The Comedy of Errors, The Oresteia, Vs Macbeth, The Crucible, The Mysteries: Genesis, The Vertical Hour . Other Theatre: Melbourne Theatre Company: An Ideal Husband, Disgraced. Belvoir: Prize Fighter, La Traviata, Scorched. Griffin: Masquerade, The Girl in Tan Boots. Bell Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra. Ensemble: The Rasputin Affair, Good People State Theatre Company of South Australia: Random. Darlinghurst: Gaybies. Theatre Ink: Angels in America. As Director: Darlinghurst Theatre: Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner (Co-Director) TV: Wakefield, Get Krack!n, Harrow, Sisters, Hiding , The Code, Wonderland, Playschool, Hoopla Doopla (Narrator). Film: Little Monsters, The Very Excellent Mr Dundee, Hidden. Other: Zindzi also performs her own music under the name OKENYO. Awards: Best Actress 2013 Adelaide Theatre Guide ‘Curtain Call’ Awards for her role as Girl in Random. Training: Zindzi graduated from NIDA in 2006.
When: Thursday 01 July 2021
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm