Joel Bray Dance

Performance

Joel Bray Dance AU


Joel Bray

DADDY

  • 30 August
    21:00 – 22:15
  • FFT Düsseldorf | Big Stage
  • Wheelchair Access Impaired mobility
  • Duration: 75min
  • Area: 4
    Creative Australia

Visit Information:
Content Notes: The performer interacts with the audience. The performance deals with topics such as racism, discrimination and sexism as well as psychological and/or physical violence.
Sensory stimuli: Flickering, bright light and loud music/noises

DADDY

Choreography: Joel Bray

Daddy is a participatory dance work created by Indigenous Australian choreographer Joel Bray. From the sugar-coated idyll of childhood reminiscence to the glazed excesses of queer adulthood, Daddy is Joel Bray’s search for a place of belonging. He weaves his way through and around the audience, one moment channelling childlike innocence, the next exuding muscular gay-male bravado and moments later crashing to the floor in torment. The audience gradually learns the true story of lost innocence, colonisation and sexual assault that has led to his family and cultural dislocation. Daddy also portrays that Joel Bray, a proud Aboriginal man, seems more comfortable in European dance-forms and images than his own traditional dance. He twists and contorts himself as he struggles to remember his Aboriginal father and the snippets of culture he learnt from him.

Artistic Crew / Team:
DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER/PERFORMER Joel Bray | COMPOSITION AND SOUND DESIGN Naretha Williams |LIGHTING DESIGN Katie Sfetkidis | SET AND COSTUME DESIGN James Lew | COLLABORATING DIRECTOR Stephen Nicolazzo | COLLABORATING CHOREOGRAPHER Niharika Senapati | DRAMATURGY SJ Norman |AUDIO TECHNICAL SUPPORT Daniel Nixon | LIGHTING ASSOCIATE Nicholas Moloney | PIANO Niv Marinberg | VOICES Josh Price, Jason Tamiru | PRODUCER Veronica Bolzon

Co-Producers:
Orignal Season Producer : Josh Wright
Producer Joel Bray Dance : Veronica Bolzon

Funders and Supporters:
Daddy was commissioned by the City of Melbourne through Arts House, YIRRAMBOI Festival, and the Arts Grants Program; and by Performance Space, Sydney. It was developed for YIRRAMBOI’s KIN Commissions and the Liveworks Festival 2019.
Thanks to the Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation for the recordings from the Wiradjuri Language App, based on the research of Dr Stan Grant and Dr John Rudder.

DADDY