Since 2005, BlakDance has spearheaded generations of independent choreographers.
Meet the Next Gen.
Amrita Hepi is a dancer and choreographer working in performance, video and installation.
She is a Bundjulung and Ngapuhi woman.
She trained at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College and Alvin Ailey American Dance School in New York.
Aug: Collaboration with ASOS, New York
Sep: Sydney Contemporary
Oct: Underbelly Arts Festival, Sydney and Lucy Guerin Studio residency, Melbourne
Dec: Pieces 4 Small Spaces (P4SS) at Lucy Guerin Studio, Melbourne
Jan: Sugar Mountain 2018, Melbourne
Thomas E. S. Kelly
Thomas E.S. Kelly is a Bundjalung/Wiradjuri/Ni-Vanuatu/Irish man.
He grew up doing cultural dances and went on to study at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College.
Sep: ‘VESSEL’ by Outer Urban Projects at Art Centre Melbourne (Co-choreographer), Melbourne
Nov: ‘ECHO’ at PACT, part of AFTERGLOW, Sydney
Katina Olsen is a descendant from the Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri people in Queensland and also has Norwegian, German and English Ancestry.
She holds a BFA (Dance) from Queensland University of Technology and a Diploma in Dance from Queensland Dance School of Excellence.
Aug: ‘Mozart Airborne’ by Expressions Dance Company and Opera Queensland at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane
Sep: Critical Path Residency for First Nations Australian artists, Bungendore, NSW
Mariaa Randall belongs to the Bundjalung and Yaegl people.
She is a graduate of the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College, and the Victorian College of the Arts.
Aug: Winter Night Screen Project: Choreographing Two-Dimensions at Counihan Gallery In Brunswick, Melbourne
Sep: Indigenous Choreographers Residency, Season 2 at Arts House, Melbourne