Let’s Talk…The Arts with Thomas ES Kelly

“My feet walk on land that is red blood soaked. Black burnt, yellow sun-drenched country. Stories from thousands of years. Songs eternally kept on the wind and water. I honour lines that have been cut. Poisoned, shot and led to the cliff’s edge. Those who passed to the spirit world before their kin could arrive from the dreaming to continue a physical lineage.”

This week on Let’s Talk…The Arts, Rachael catches up with proud Minjungbal – Yugambeh, Wiradjuri, Ni-Vanuatu theater-maker, dancer, composer, choreographer and teacher Thomas E.S. Kelly to learn a bit about his forthcoming performance work, Kuramanunya.

This new, solo dance piece pays homage to the thousands of First Nations lives that were lost during colonisation; honouring and remembering the stories that remain unwritten and unspoken. Kuramanunya premieres as part of Brisbane Festival at Metro Arts on Wednesday 13 September. 

In this rich and thought-provoking conversation, Rachael and Thomas talk about the power of movement, dance, and story in reclaiming and re-centering Indigenous histories and futures on these unceded lands.