THOMAS E.S. KELLY | australia

  Image by Zan Wimberley

Image by Zan Wimberley


Extracting contemporary gestural motif from Aboriginal archetypes, [MIS]CONCEIVE’s hip-hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern is expressive and immediate.

Through the assertion of a continuous Aboriginal dance canon, the aesthetic rejects, reveals and re-educates modern (mis)understandings of Indigeneity, [MIS]CONCEIVE argues that ‘knowledge’ does not equal comprehension. Books are not their covers. One size does not fit all.  

Presented by Thomas E.S. Kelly in partnership with Supercell, Blakdance and Brisbane Powerhouse

This piece was commissioned by Next Wave.

Date & Time

SUNDAY 18 Feb 2018, 2pm

Duration: 50 mins


Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse


Full $38*

Concession $25*

*plus transaction fee of $5.95

Thomas ES Kelly photo by Kate Holmes_NORPA_DJURRA_2017_25.jpg

Thomas E.s. Kelly

Thomas is a proud Bundjalung, Wiradjuri man with Ni-Vanuatu and Irish heritage.

Thomas graduated in 2012 from NAISDA Dance College and began a career in the Independent Arts field.

Thomas is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked with Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company, Branch Nebula, ERTH, Outer Urban Projects, Urban Theatre Projects, NORPA, Sandra Laronde(CAN), Jock Soto(USA) and Lina Cruz(CAN).

His choreographic credits include ‘[MIS]CONCEIVE’ which premiered at the 2016 Next Wave Festival for which he received a GREEN ROOM AWARD. ‘CO_EX_EN’ for Dirty Feet, ‘Vessel’ for Outer Urban Projects, ‘SHIFTING > SHAPES’ for PACT and ‘WOLLUMBIN WARNING’ his new project exploring Mt Wollumbin Warning situated in Bundjalung country.

Thomas creates work that explores high intensity physical works stemming from a cultural practice fused with contemporary, which incorporates voice and physical percussion. Creating work that ebbs and flows whilst mimicking nature Thomas creates work that reveals subject matters that offers an opportunity to learn and develop. Remembering the past to better understand the present so we can move forward into the future.

For more information about Thomas and the projects he is working on and has been apart of go to www.thomaseskelly.com