Bundjalung dancer Thomas E. S. Kelly, who will be performing his latest dance work [MIS]CONCEIVE in Lismore next month, has won the prestigious 2018 The Dreaming Award for an emerging artist aged 18-26 years.
Thomas received the award at the Sydney Opera House on held on May 2. The date coincides with the anniversary of the 1992 Mabo ruling.
Despite his young age, Thomas has already received plaudits for his work, including a Green Room award for [MIS]CONCEIVE and two other projects: VESSEL and SHIFTING SHAPES.
The Dreaming Award celebrates an inspirational young artist and gives them the opportunity to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships, nationally or internationally.
[MIS]CONCEIVE is described as ‘a powerful new dance-theatre work that challenges the idea that knowledge equals comprehension’.
‘Using an exciting mash-up of traditional and contemporary styles, dance and spoken word, [MIS]CONCEIVE simultaneously rejects, reveals and re-educates (mis)undertsandings about what it means to be an Indigenous Australian.’
Also receiving Australia Council indigenous awards on the night were: John Mawurndjul, from Arnhem Land and Mavis Ngallametta from Aurukun (Red Ochre Award for outstanding lifetime achievement); and Sydney-based Hetti Perkins (Australia Council Fellowship for established artists).
Chair of the Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy Panel, Wesley Enoch, said that he and the panel were ‘delighted to be able to recognise these exceptional artists’.
‘It is so important that we support and celebrate our First Nations artists at critical moments throughout their careers. The 2018 recipients demonstrate such breadth and richness in their practice, and they represent a profound sense of cultural strength across the generations,’ he said.
By Thomas E.S.Kelly
Friday 29 June, 7:30pm and Saturday 30 June, 2pm & 7:30pm
NORPA at Lismore City Hall
Tickets: $20- $36
Bookings: www.norpa.org.au or call 1300 066 772
Recommended for ages 12+