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Brolga

A Queer Koori Wonderland

Friday 3 May 2024
6:30pm – 12:00am AEST
Brolga: A Queer Koori Wonderland

Bookings essential

$40 Adult / $50 at the door / $36 Concession and Circle of Friends / $30 Under 30 / $20 First Nations

Go find your costume box and get ready to shake your tail feathers at Brolga, this year’s iteration of the National Portrait Gallery’s 18+ late-night event!

First staged at Melbourne Fringe, Brolga is a collective takeover of the Gallery curated by Wiradjuri man and multidisciplinary artist Joel Bray, featuring First Nations and Queer DJs and performing artists. The Gallery will transform into an explorative wonderland of dance, art, film and performance, inspired by First Nations stories of the dancing brolga.

As the night progresses, interactive spaces and corners will be activated. Delve into the depths of Bray’s much-loved Considerable Sexual License performance, channel your creativity at our brolga-inspired craft station, and dance the night away in the glow of a disco ball.

If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, gather and feast on a mouthwatering line-up of food stall offerings, or grab a drink at one of our bars.

Joel Bray © pippasamaya.com
Joel Bray © pippasamaya.com

Naarm-based Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri dancer and performance-maker and Artistic Director of Joel Bray Dance. He has performed with European companies and choreographers and with Australian dance company Chunky Move. Made in collaboration with Elders, Community and Country, Joel’s dance-theatre encounters in unorthodox spaces spring from his Wiradjuri heritage, and use humour to engage audiences in rituals about sex, history, trauma and healing.

Joel’s works – Biladurang, Dharawungara, Daddy, Considerable Sexual License, Garabari and Giraru Galing Ganhagirri – have toured to major arts festivals in Australia and overseas. He has made works for Artshouse, Chunky Move, Sydney Dance Company, the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Conditions

You must be over 18 years old to attend. All $30 under 30 ticket holders must be under 30 years old and you may be required to provide proof of age. $30 Under 30 and $20 First Nations tickets are limited to two per person.

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Access information

This program is wheelchair accessible.

For access support or other ways to book please email bookings@npg.gov.au or phone 02 6102 7070 prior to your visit.

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