Koedal (Crocodile) and Waumer (Frigate Bird) woman Ghenoa Gela is a Sydney based independent artist and proud Torres Strait Islander woman from Rockhampton, Central Queensland. She has worked across several mediums including dance, circus, television and stage.
Choreography credits include Fragments of Malungoka – Women of the Sea, winner of the Keir Choreographic Award 2016, Winds of Woerr (Melbourne Next Wave Festival 2014, Spirit Festival 2015), and choreographing the final piece in Force Majeure’s Nothing to Lose (Sydney Festival 2015, Malthouse Theatre 2015). Ghenoa also collaborated with Force Majeure’s Danielle Micich on performance installation Mura Buai – Everyone, Everyone (Performance Space’s Liveworks Festival 2015).
Performance credits include: For My Darling Patricia: The Piper (Sydney Festival 2014, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015). For Performance Space: solo work #GenuaGela for the Nula Nura Residency. For Circus Oz: From the Ground Up (national/international tour 2012/2013). TV credits include Move it Mob Style TV Series – Deadly Vibe Australia (ABC3, NITV 2011-2014), and So You Think you Can Dance Australia – Network Ten.
Ghenoa facilitates dance workshops in urban, regional and remote communities. She has worked in programs such as Young, Black & Deadly, ARMTour and Vibe Alive. Ghenoa also conducted dance workshops at the inaugural Boomerang Festival and at DanceSite Festival (2012/2015). Recently, Ghenoa traveled to Noumea with Marrugeku to participate in an inter-cultural choreographic lab.
In 2016/2017 Ghenoa will continue working on the creative development of her first major solo work My Urrwai – My Style, produced by Performing Lines.
Ghenoa’s arts practice is inspired by her family stories and her passion to share her Torres Strait Islander culture. She aspires to inspire.
Fragments of Malungoka – Women of the Sea
In Fragments of Malungoka – Women of the Sea, Ghenoa Gela explores her female ancestry in the Western Torres Strait. As a Mainland-born Torres Strait Islander woman, Ghenoa is questioning the role of Traditional Torres Strait Islander Dance when performed by non-Torres Strait dancers and viewed by non-Torres Strait Islander audiences. Ghenoa’s work draws on the stories of her female relatives, and recollections of community life. Sharing her culture with an ensemble of women, Ghenoa integrates traditional influences with contemporary movement and technology. Fragments of Malungoka gives the audience permission to play with perspective in the theatre space, whilst momentarily viewing the world through the eyes of a performer caught between two cultures.
Winner of the 2016 Keir Choreographic Award.
Concept/choreography Ghenoa Gela
Interactive and LX Designer Toby Knyvett
Music Designer Ania Reynolds
Performers Elle Evangelista, Melanie Palomares, Melinda Tyquin
For touring enquiries for Fragments of Malungoka – Women of the Sea, please contact Force Majeure Executive Producer, Colm O’Callaghan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Ashley de Prazer