[MIS]CONCEIVE

What does an Aboriginal Australian person look like? Act like? Sound like? Do they all have black skin, live in the bush and are they naked?  Extracting contemporary gestural motif from Aboriginal archetypes, MIS]CONCEIVE’s hip-hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern is expressive and immediate. Through the assertion of a continuous Aboriginal dance canon, the aesthetic rejects, reveals and re-educates 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   THOMAS E.S. KELLY  .   ORIGINAL CAST   THOMAS E.S. KELLY  TAREE SANSBURY  CALEENA SANSBURY  NATALIE PELAREK  .   ADDITIONAL CAST   YUKINO MCHUGH  LIBBY MONTILLA  .   COMPOSER   THOMAS E.S. KELLY  .   PERFORMANCE SEASONS   MELBOURNE, VIC MAY 2016 @ NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL, NORTHCOTE TOWNHALL -  WORLD PREMIERE   SYDNEY, NSW JUNE 2016 @ AFTERGLOW FESTIVAL, PACT THEATRE  TORONTO, CANADA JULY 2017 @ LIVING RITUAL FESTIVAL, FLECK DANCE THEATRE HARBOURFRONT CENTRE  BRISBANE, QLD FEBRUARY 2018 @ SUPERCELL DANCE FESTIVAL, BRISBANE POWERHOUSE THEATRE  LISMORE, NSW JUNE 2018 @ NORTHERN RIVERS PERFORMING ARTS, NORPA  NOOSA, QLD JULY 2019 @ NOOSA ALIVE!, NOOSA ARTS THEATRE  .   REVIEWS    ARTSHUB - ANTHONY REBELO    REALTIME ARTS - ALISON FINN    REALTIME ARTS - ELYSSIA BUGG    DANCE AUSTRALIA - DENISE RICHARDSON    SCENESTR. - STAFF WRITERS    XS ENTERTAINMENT - RUTH RIDGWAY   .   AWARDS   2017 GREEN ROOM AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY BY AN EMERGING ARTIST/CHOREOGRAPHER  .   PHOTO CREDIT   ZAN WIMBERLEY

What does an Aboriginal Australian person look like? Act like? Sound like? Do they all have black skin, live in the bush and are they naked?

Extracting contemporary gestural motif from Aboriginal archetypes, MIS]CONCEIVE’s hip-hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern is expressive and immediate. Through the assertion of a continuous Aboriginal dance canon, the aesthetic rejects, reveals and re-educates 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.

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CHOREOGRAPHER

THOMAS E.S. KELLY

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ORIGINAL CAST

THOMAS E.S. KELLY

TAREE SANSBURY

CALEENA SANSBURY

NATALIE PELAREK

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ADDITIONAL CAST

YUKINO MCHUGH

LIBBY MONTILLA

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COMPOSER

THOMAS E.S. KELLY

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PERFORMANCE SEASONS

MELBOURNE, VIC MAY 2016 @ NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL, NORTHCOTE TOWNHALL - WORLD PREMIERE

SYDNEY, NSW JUNE 2016 @ AFTERGLOW FESTIVAL, PACT THEATRE

TORONTO, CANADA JULY 2017 @ LIVING RITUAL FESTIVAL, FLECK DANCE THEATRE HARBOURFRONT CENTRE

BRISBANE, QLD FEBRUARY 2018 @ SUPERCELL DANCE FESTIVAL, BRISBANE POWERHOUSE THEATRE

LISMORE, NSW JUNE 2018 @ NORTHERN RIVERS PERFORMING ARTS, NORPA

NOOSA, QLD JULY 2019 @ NOOSA ALIVE!, NOOSA ARTS THEATRE

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REVIEWS

ARTSHUB - ANTHONY REBELO

REALTIME ARTS - ALISON FINN

REALTIME ARTS - ELYSSIA BUGG

DANCE AUSTRALIA - DENISE RICHARDSON

SCENESTR. - STAFF WRITERS

XS ENTERTAINMENT - RUTH RIDGWAY

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AWARDS

2017 GREEN ROOM AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY BY AN EMERGING ARTIST/CHOREOGRAPHER

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PHOTO CREDIT

ZAN WIMBERLEY