YIRRAMBOI has commissioned four emerging and mid-career First Nations practitioners based in Victoria to develop and showcase their work, known as the KIN Commissions (the Knowledge Industry Network).
The YIRRAMBOI KIN Commissions provide direct support, resources and advice to early and intermediate career artists, to create, develop and present new work as part of YIRRAMBOI Festival 2019. The KIN Commissions place First Nations voices first and provide the authority to determine ‘our narratives, presented our way’.
Four extraordinary new voices, working across a variety of mediums and disciplines – dance, theatre, visual arts, music and storytelling – present world premieres of their work throughout the Festival.
Mark Coles Smith’s first work as musical alias Kalaji, Night River reinterprets a connection to country through an evocative blend of electronic soundscapes and moving imagery at YIRRAMBOI Weelam.
Joel Bray’s Daddy, presented with Arts House, a saccharine and at times sinister examination of the colonial condition, his relationship with his father and queer adulthood.
Blood Quantum, a dance piece by Ngioka Bunda-Heath that examines the brutality of Australia’s government-sponsored displacement and relocation of Aboriginal youth, at Lucy Guerin Inc.
Jack Sheppard’s The Honouring, presented at La Mama, a new physical theatre work with puppetry developed around themes of suicide and its knock-on effect on First Nations communities.