Joel Bray

Daddy 2 – 5 Mar 8pm | 6 Mar, 6pm Studio Underground $39
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‘Does performance art get more powerful and intimate than Joel Bray's Daddy?’


‘[An] intimate, under-the-skin experience.’


Joel Bray has daddy issues. And his insatiable cravings for father figures always leave him wanting more. Don’t tell his dentist, but Joel Bray’s cravings are getting out of hand. He’s looking to live the sweet life, yet the sugar hits of nostalgia and fantasy are all too short-lived, and behind it all there’s a need that can never be sated.

Daddy is the latest work from one of the most electric new figures in Australian dance. Here he probes one of the paradoxes of our age: when so much is on offer, why are we left so hungry?

From the sugar-coated idyll of childhood reminiscence to the glazed excesses of queer adulthood, Joel’s story proves that a sweet tooth is a dangerous thing. Short-lived highs give way to the inevitable comedowns before the cycle begins all over again. And like a kid in a candy store, an imperial hunger for Aboriginal Australia consumes all it encounters – land, women and children – like fistfuls of sugar.

Hilarious, provocative and heartfelt, Daddy tickles the nerve endings of desire while prodding the cavities left by colonisation. Featuring Joel’s trademark confection of conversation, dance and all-you-can-eat audience participation, this is one sweet feast with a deadly aftertaste.

Creator, Choreographer & Performer
Joel Bray
Composer & Sound Designer
Naretha Williams
Lighting Design & Production Manager
Katie Sfetkidis
Set & Costume Designer
James Lew
Collaborating Director
Stephen Nicolazzo
Collaborating Choreographer
Niharika Senapati
SJ Norman
Audio Technical Support
Daniel Nixon
Lighting Associate
Nicholas Moloney
Niv Marinberg
Josh Price & Jason Tamiru
Program Producer Technical & Stage Management
Lucie Sutherland
Executive Producer Distribution & Tour Management
Alison Halit
Creation Producer
Josh Wright


Joel Bray

An artist living on Kulin country (Melbourne), Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri man who trained at NAISDA and WAAPA before pursuing a career in Europe and Israel with Jean-Claude Gallotta, Company CeDeCe , Kolben Dance, Machol Shalem Dance House, Yoram Karmi’s FRESCO Dance Company, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor and Roy Assaf. He returned to Australia to work with CHUNKY MOVE. Joel’s choreographic practice includes making dance, dance-theatre and works for young audiences. 

Joel’s solo performance Biladurang won three Melbourne Fringe Awards. His second work Dharawungara was commissioned by CHUNKY MOVE and was a choreographic lament for the ceremony stolen from him by the Coloniser. Daddy was commissioned by the Yirramboi Festival, Arts House and Liveworks (Sydney). Considerable Sexual License for Darebin Speakeasy reimagined a sex ritual as a place to explore trauma and fine healing. Joel’s works have toured to the Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, Midsumma, Auckland, LiveWorks and Dance Massive Festivals and to Arts Centre Melbourne. 

Joel was the 2019 National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow. In 2020, he adapted Biladurang to a live-streamed performance and undertook a CHUNKY MOVE “Solitude_1” residency re-imagining Instagram as a choreographic form.

Joel is the 2021 CHUNKY MOVE Choreographer-in-Residence including a commission for a large scale work called Garabari, and a further commission from the National Gallery of Australia for a multi-channel screen work called Giraru Galing Ganhagirri (The Wind Bring the Rain).

Joel’s practice springs from his Wiradjuri cultural heritage. His works are intimate encounters in unorthodox spaces, in which audience-members are invited in as co-storytellers to explore the experiences of fair-skinned Aboriginal people, and the experiences of contemporary gay men in an increasingly digital and isolated world. His body becomes the intersection site of those songlines- Indigenous heritage, skin-colour and queer sexuality.

Joel Bray is currently a BlakDance, BlakForm Artist funded through Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative. He is also Chunky Move’s 2021 & 2022 Choreographer in Residence supported by Chunky Move and the Tanja Liedtke Foundation.

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Time & Location

2 – 6 Mar

2 – 5 Mar 8pm | 6 Mar, 6pm Studio Underground, 178 William Street, Northbridge / Yandilup



    • Adult: $39
    • Concession: $37
    • Friend: $35
    • Student: $25

Eligible for package discount

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  • Audio described performance Sat 5 Mar 8pm
  • Tactile tour available before the show on Sat 5 Mar (starts 7pm)

Event Information

Suitable for ages 18+.

Contains coarse language, adult themes, nudity, explicit sexual content haze and strobe lighting, low lighting and copious amounts of powdered sugar.

Audiences are invited to move around during the show with limited seating available.

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Post Show Q&A Thu 3 Mar

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Joel Bray is supported by


  • James Henry


  • Commissioned by the City of Melbourne through Arts House, YIRRAMBOI Festival and the Arts Grants Program; and by Performance Space, Sydney. Developed for YIRRAMBOI’s KIN Commissions and the Liveworks Festival 2019

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