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Lucha Bridge, Silent Shift

Ngioka Bunda-Heath

'Lucha Bridge, Silent Shift' (2021), Ngioka Bunda-Heath. Photo by Bryony Jackson.
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Lucha Bridge, Silent Shift: Ngioka Bunda-Heath’s new dance work, explores the shared and divergent experiences of three minority groups in so-called Australia. The work is made in collaboration: Bridge by Ngioka Bunda-Heath, Silent by Theodore Cassady and Shift by Joshua Twee. It follows the dancers through a series of three simultaneous solos that interweave, connect, and oppose, giving voice to the artists’ often overlooked, silenced and underrepresented experiences. Extending on Ngioka’s processes used when creating her recent works about her mother’s heritage, Blood Quantum (2019 YIRRAMBOI Festival), and about her father’s heritage, Birrpai (2021 YIRRAMBOI Festival), in Lucha Bridge, Silent Shift, Ngioka and collaborators create a complex and interconnected contemporary dance that moves from displacement and longing to healing and acceptance.

Concept and Performer: Ngioka Bunda-Heath
Co-choreographer and Performer: Joshua Twee
Co-choreographer and Performer: Theodore Cassady
Sound Designer: Daniel Nixon
Lighting Designer: Lisa Mibus
Mentor: Daniel Riley
Costume Designer: Andrew Treloar
Producer and Production Manager: Gabriela Green Olea

Due to the current COVID situation ‘Lucha’ has been omitted from this season.

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Ngioka Bunda-Heath is Wakka Wakka, Ngugi from Queensland (matrilineal); and Birrpai from New South Wales (patrilineal). She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts and is the first Aboriginal woman to graduate in her field. She’s worked for Bangarra Dance Theatre in their Rekindling youth education program; and is First Peoples Partnership Coordinator at Chunky Move. Ngioka has performed in several works nationally, working with esteemed choreographers such as Mariaa Randall, Amrita Hepi, Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen. Internationally, she’s participated in dance conferences, festivals and residencies in New Caledonia, France, Canada and the USA. Ngioka’s choreographic work includes Blood Quantum (2019), Birrpai (2020) and Lucha Bridge, Silent, Shift (2021).

Theodore Cassady currently resides in Melbourne as an independent practitioner and completed his dance training at the Adelaide College of the Arts in 2016, working with a number of national and international choreographers including Leigh Warren, Larissa McGowan, Peter Sheedy, Gavin Webber, Lee Brummer, Israel Aloni and Lewis Major. He has also seconded with Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australian Dance Theatre, Melbourne Dance Theatre, participated in workshops and intensives with Sydney Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Shaun Parker, Restless Dance Theatre and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal. Theodore choreographed for the Short+Sweet Festival 2013 and the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2016. He has performed numerous times over the years in the Adelaide Fringe in various shows and performances also been choreographed by Francis Rings, Vicki Van Hout, Thomas E S Kelly, Jacob Watton and Sandi Woo.

Joshua Twee, after completing his BFA Dance in 2015 is an emerging cross disciplinary performance artist whose ever-expanding practice has negotiated across dance, theatre, dance film, puppetry, fencing, martial arts and stage combat. His works frequently incorporates and exhibits media from different disciplines culminating most recently in live/social/indigenous dance, acting and dance films.In 2019 Josh received a green room award (Experimental Theatre – alongside Carly Shepherd and Daniel Nixon) for “Crackers N Dip with Chase and Toey”.Joshua’s work predominantly explores social dance, connections with the nature of self and “it’s” relationships with the world. Josh is currently conceptualizing his art through primal movement improvisation, set choreography and acting. Joshua in collaboration with Carly Shepherd is working on a piece called “Black Ones(working title) to be shown in upcoming festivals in 2021.

This work is supported by Deadly Fringe, City of Yarra, Creative Victoria and the Abbotsford Convent.

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