Next date: Thursday, 15 September 2022 | 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM



Rockhampton Regional Council presents

SILENCE by Karul Projects

SILENCE is a powerful contemporary dance  performance featuring seven performers on a minimalist set  with evocative lighting. The complex musical score, punctuated  by dynamic live percussion, explores past, present, alternate  realities and dreamscapes. The entire stage is slowly engulfed in dirt, representing the worldwide call for the return of Indigenous lands.  SILENCE breaks the silence.

SILENCE is about a treaty conversation, perhaps best put by its creators, Karul Projects:

SILENCE is about the space in between. The conversations not being heard and the responses that are muted. Through the beating of a drum, bodies thrash through frequencies to uncover what lies in the SILENCE.

There’s SILENCE between the stars as the Emu travels across the night sky. There’s SILENCE in the dancer’s energy when they hit the cut, the rupture between rhythms and movement enabling a vibrational glitch where the spirit world can enter. It’s also the deafening SILENCE under white noise. The same questions echoed through generations.

We have marched across Country. We have had promises made and promises broken. In SILENCE we pull the unresolved conversations from under the rug and slam them back on the table. Because the conversation about a TREATY will never be silenced.

Choreographer / Writer / Performer: Thomas E.S. Kelly
Rehearsal Director / Performer: Taree Sansbury
Choreographic Dramaturg: Vicki Van Hout
Dramaturg: Alethea Beetson
Performers: Benjin Maza, Kiara Malcolm-Bodel, Tiana Pinnell, Amber Nofal, Edan Porter
Percussion Composer / Performer: Jhindu-Pedro Lawrie
Music / Sound Designer: Sam Pankhurst
Lighting Designer: Karen Norris
Costume Designer: Selene Cochrane
Producer: BlakDance

SILENCE has been produced by BlakDance as part of Performing Country, and commissioned by BlakDance, HOTA Home of the Arts, City of Gold Coast, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Brisbane Festival. The premiere of SILENCE received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

60 minutes / No interval


Age Suitability: 12+

Warnings: Water based haze and strobe lighting will be used in this performance.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that this show contains depictions of people who have died.

Yes, this is an urgent piece of ceremony.
Ellen van Neerven, Koori Mail

Kelly’s movement style is grounded and fluid, rising and falling with a flurry of wild pent-up spinning and stamping.
Denise Richardson, Dance Australia

The dancers move to the driving beat by composer and performer Jhindu-Pedro who has his drum kit on the stage and, boy, does he know how to use it.
Phil Brown, Courier Mail

SILENCE is bold and uncompromising.
Richard Bell

The soundtrack was electrifying and the performance so powerful and riveting, that I had to remind myself to breathe.
Audience member


Thomas E.S. Kelly (Minjungbal-Yugambeh, Wiradjuri and Ni-Vanuatu man), and Taree Sansbury (Kaurna, Narrunga and Ngarrindjerri), met at NAISDA Dance College on the Central Coast of New South Wales in 2009. They have worked professionally together ever since, creating their own dance-theatre works, choreographing and performing for companies nationally. After graduating, Thomas and Taree identified a need to increase and highlight First Nations bodies, voices and stories told and heard on major platforms. With just one federally funded Indigenous dance company supported in Australia, it became important for Thomas and Taree to create more opportunities for employment and skill building with a focus on First Nations artists.

In 2017 they created Karul Projects, a new First Nations led dance company to provide more pathways for artists and audiences into First Nations culture and arts. Karul provides emerging First Nations artists with vital employment opportunities on First Nations led projects, as well as mentorship and guidance for future makers. Audiences nationwide gain more opportunities to experience First Nations performance of the highest calibre - more opportunities to learn, understand and celebrate First Nations cultures.

In 2018 Karul Projects relocated to the Gold Coast, Queensland, answering a need to contribute to  growing the local artistic community. Karul Projects work within the boundaries of cultural borders o including the Tweed Shire. With that they ensure First Nations art is embedded in the identity of the developing arts community. Karul also, due to cultural and familial ties, are working to grow the relationship between the local community and the performing arts, especially the local First Nations community, from Elders and knowledge keepers through to the next generation of leaders.

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  • Thursday, 15 September 2022 | 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM


Pilbeam Theatre, Cnr Victoria Parade & Cambridge Street, Rockhampton City 4700  View Map

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