Thomas E.S. Kelly
What does an Aboriginal Australian person look like?
Combining Aboriginal cultural knowledge with contemporary gestural motifs, [MIS]CONCEIVE’s fusion of hip-hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern is expressive and immediate.
Through the mash-up of traditional and contemporary styles that simultaneously reject, reveal and re-educate modern (mis)understandings of Indigenity, [MIS]CONCEIVE argues that ‘knowledge’ does not equal comprehension. Books are not their covers. One size does not fit all.
A high-energy work that pulses with humour, play and personal stories, [MIS]CONCEIVE brings audiences through the past, to understand the present and move forward into a better future.
Image: Zan Wimberley
Thomas E. S. Kelly
Thomas E.S. Kelly is a proud Bundjalung and Wiradjuri man of Queensland and New South Wales. He works with multiple art forms including choreography, dance, theatre, music composition, puppetry and teaching and his performance credits include Long Grass (Vicki Van Hout), Am I (Shaun Parker & Company), Dinosaur Zoo (ERTH Visual & Physical Inc) and 1770: A Tale Not Often Told (Founding Modern Australia).
Thomas creates work that offers audiences an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal Australia and where that fits into to the modern world, acknowledging the past, to understand the present.