31 Aug - 1 Sep

by 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.

SILENCE can give stories and strength, yet SILENCE can wound. There’s SILENCE between the stars as the Emu travels across the night sky, or the dancer’s energy when they hit the Cut between rhythms. 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. We have drafted our own, and we are still the only sovereign peoples without one. In SILENCE we pull it from under the rug and slam it back on the table. Let’s listen to the SILENCE and design an agreement to heal us, our land and the wound of this nation. Because the conversation about a TREATY will never be silenced.

31 Aug - 1 Sep
Adult $43
Child $21
Pension $37
Student $21
HOTA Member $37
HOTA Artist Pass $32
Group (6+) $37
Student Group (6+) $16
Wed 31 August - 11:00am
Thu 01 September - 7:30pm
SILENCE Produced by BlakDance as a part of Performing Country, and commissioned by HOTA Home of the Arts, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane Festival and City of Gold Coast. Karul Projects is funded by the City of Gold Coast.

Photo credit: Simon Woods


Karul Projects
Karul ProjectsKarul Projects, started in 2017 by Thomas E.S. Kelly (Minjungbal-Yugambeh, Wiradjuri and Ni-Vanuatu) and Taree Sansbury (Kaurna, Narrunga and Ngarrindjeri) shares stories of cultural relevance, Indigenous knowledge and responsibility in Australia’s current and future identity through dance theatre. Karul is a Yugambeh word meaning ‘everything’. We chose this as our commitment to do everything we can to strengthen and empower cultural understanding of this land, for future generations to continue learning and enjoying Aboriginal Australia’s rich heritage. Though Karul Projects mainly identify with dance and choreography, we utilise every medium we feel best suits the story we are sharing. Karul Projects create and continue reconciliation through our art. We learn about the past to better understand the present, so together we can move forward into the future. Karul Projects develops and tours work nationally and internationally. Previous presentations include Next Wave (Melbourne, 2017) Living Ritual (Canada, 2018) and Dance Massive (Melbourne, 2019). Karul Projects present their work as a beacon to promote and cultivate independent Indigenous dance and activate local communities. Through touring, Karul Projects play a key leadership role in developing relationships between the Indigenous contemporary dance sector, local audiences and presenting partners. Karul Projects work with presenters to create strategically aligned community engagement strategies which are cultural, educational, challenging and celebratory. These are achieved through a part-residency part-presentation style engagement, including a series of performances and tailored community engagement opportunities suited to the community and venues.

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HOTA proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.