26 — 27 April 2019

my urrwai

by Ghenoa Gela — Presented by Bleach*, HOTA, Home of the Arts in association with WOW Australia

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Ghenoa Gela — little sister, daughter, granddaughter, comic, teacher, fighter, gold medalist, air guitarist, charmer, TV star, Torres Strait mainlander and walking political statement — has made a show.

You are invited into the complex political, social, colonial and cultural expectations Ghenoa navigates every day.

My Urrwai, supported by a stellar team, including director Rachael Maza and dramaturg Kate Champion, is a revealing reflection on and celebration of cultural and familial inheritance, and an unflinching comment on race relations in Australia.

With no direct English word that translates its meaning, Urrwai is a combination of “my spirit, my style, my essence” in the Kala Lagaw Ya language, indigenous to the Torres Strait.

Laughter and deep reflection go hand in hand in this unique and intimate story told through movement and words. A recipient of the renowned Keir Choreographic Award and the Deadly Funny Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award, Ghenoa’s energetic auto-biographical journey is funny, moving and, ultimately, enlightening.

Creator/Performer: Ghenoa Gela

Director: Rachael Maza

Dramaturg: Kate Champion

Composer: Ania Reynolds

Lighting Designer: Niklas Pajanti

Set & Costume Designer: Michael Hankin

Photo Credit: David Collins

My Urrwai is produced by Performing Lines, in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre, the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts its arts funding and advocacy body, and the New South Wales Government through Create NSW.  Originally co-produced by Belvoir and Performing Lines in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre and Sydney Festival.

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