Chunky Move presents Next Move 11 featuring two new works choreographed and performed by company dancers Lauren Langlois and Joel Bray.
Dharawungara by Joel Bray (Complexity of Belonging) is a collision of rituals. Following his successful work Biladurang, the audience is invited to reimagine the theatre as a ceremonial ground of light and sound, as Joel explores how to breathe life into this Wiradjuri rite he has only ever read about. Naretha Williams joins Bray onstage as songwoman, and her driving beats conjure the space around us. Together they create a site of intersection between his ancestral ceremonial practice, our collective imagination and the realities of colonization.
Chunky Move’s commissioning program Next Move is dedicated to supporting the next generation of Australian creative talent. Since 2007 Chunky Move has commissioned, produced and presented 11 new works by young makers through the Next Move program, including Mermermer (2016) by Jo Lloyd with Nicola Gunn, Miss Universal (2015) by Atlanta Eke, AORTA (2013) by Stephanie Lake and Keep Everything (2012) by Anthony Hamilton.
Concept, Direction & Choreography: Joel Bray
Performer: Joel Bray
Lighting Design: Amelia Lever-Davison
Sound Artist: Naretha Williams
Costume: Kate Davis
“This is a brave and thought provoking piece of experimental dance and sound performance.”
“Bray creates something vivid and lyrical that at once connects to the rite-of-passage denied him and yet invents its own renewal.”
“Bray’s Dharawungara also plays with dynamic shifts, as he draws the audience into his story with humour and pathos. In this work, Bray performs his own version of a Wiradjuri rite of passage, lamenting through movement, story and sound a ritual that was stolen from his family, and therefore one that he has never seen or participated in. Bray reclaims and reinterprets this traditional rite through the context of performance and theatre. He is accompanied by sound artist Naretha Williams, and the journey is deeply emotional to witness.”
“When he begins the dance, the shift is remarkable: we watch as the elements Bray has casually put together are transformed into dance of urgency and beauty, as he himself begins to embody the spirit of transformation, of crossing the threshold into another state of being. There’s no pretence to “authenticity” here: what we are watching is not only a process of reclamation, but an act of creation.”