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Karul Projects

Thu 10 - Sun 13 Sep, 2020


Powerhouse Theatre

Admit $25*

*plus transaction fee $6.90


55 mins

Ages + Warnings

Suitable for ages 12+

Presented by Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Powerhouse

Part of

Brisbane Festival

SILENCE is about the space in between. Conversations not being heard and responses that are muted. A drum beats and bodies thrash through frequencies to uncover what lies in the SILENCE. 

There is SILENCE between stars as the Emu travels across the night sky, or the dancer’s energy when they hit the Cut between rhythms. It’s also the deafening silence under white noise. The same questions echoed through generations.

We’ve marched across Country. We’ve had promises made and broken. We’ve drafted our own, and still we’re the only sovereign peoples without one. Choreographed by Bundjalung-Yugambeh, Wiradjuri and Ni-Vanuatu man Thomas E.S. Kelly, this new dance work pulls it from under the rug and slams it back on the table. Because the conversation about a TREATY will never be silenced.


There will be a Q&A session following Saturday’s 2pm performance.

Please note, there will be no alcohol permitted in the theatre for this performance.

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Fierce and exciting, I’m eager to see what Kelly will do next.


  • Fierce and exciting, I’m eager to see what Kelly will do next.


  • As a choreographer, composer and performer, Thomas E.S. Kelly has proved he is an adventurous storyteller and an emerging creative on the rise.


  • Thomas E.S Kelly is privileging his audience by revealing to them the kind of preconceptions that might otherwise slip by unnoticed in the movement of the everyday. Yet he is also illustrating how these notions can shift, how given time they can become warped, or disappear entirely, for better or worse.

    realtime arts

  • Hypnotic. It was tightly structured, entertaining, and thought provoking.

    dance australia

  • Kelly’s solo at this point emphasises what a powerful and charismatic performer he is – tall, his movement expansive and full of energy.

    xs entertainment

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Karul Projects is a performing arts company sharing stories of cultural relevance, Indigenous knowledge and responsibility in Australia’s current and future identity. Formed in 2017, Karul is a Yugambeh word meaning ‘everything’. Named so because Karul Projects will do everything we can to strengthen and empower the cultural knowledge of this land so future generations can continue to learn and enjoy Aboriginal Australia’s rich heritage.

Though Karul Projects mainly identify with dance and choreography, we will utilise every medium we feel best suits the story we are sharing. Karul Projects create and continue reconciliation through our art. We learn about the past to better understand the present, so together we can move forward into the future. Karul Projects has developed and toured work nationally and internationally, including presentations at Next Wave in Melbourne, Australian Performing Arts Market in Brisbane, Dance Massive and Living Ritual in Canada.

Karul Projects’ vision is to have a repertoire of works in various stages of development and presentation, for engagement across various markets including locally throughout QLD and Northern NSW, nationally across Australia and internationally. Karul Projects present their work as a beacon to promote and cultivate independent Indigenous dance and activate local communities.

Thomas E.S. Kelly is a proud Bundjalung-Yugambeh, Wiradjuri and Ni-Vanuatu man. Thomas graduated in 2012 from NAISDA Dance College and has since worked with Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company, Branch Nebula, ERTH, Chunky Move, Dancenorth, The FARM, Tasdance, Outer Urban Projects and Urban Theatre Projects. His choreographic credits include his Green Room Award winning work [MIS]CONCEIVE, CO_EX_EN, SANDCIRCLE and SSHIFTT. VESSEL for Outer Urban Projects, MASS for Chunky Move and Junjeiri Ballun – Gurul Gaureima for Tasdance. Thomas is the 2018 Dreaming Award Recipient, 2019 American Australian Association Alumni and the 2020 Mcknight Institute International Choreographer.

Thomas creates work that explores high-intensity physical works stemming from a cultural practice fused with contemporary, which incorporates voice and physical percussion. Creating work that ebbs and flows whilst mimicking nature. Thomas creates work that reveals subject matters that offer an opportunity to learn and develop. Remembering the past to better understand the present so we can move forward into the future.  


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