I Liked it, BUT...
Performance that passes the pub test.
I Liked it, But... goes where few 'experimental contemporary immersive performance' works dare to tread… out of the theatre and into the bar to see what passes the 'pub test'.
Grab a drink and enjoy some tunes with Joel and local musicians for a Pub Trivia Night about the craziest, weirdest, most confusing stuff he’s ever had to see on and off of a stage.
Expect very silly stories about very serious people, served with tongue firmly in cheek. Together, we'll try and work out how stuff even gets made, and why we should care.
Event details coming soon!
Creator, Choreographer, PerformerJoel BrayOriginal Music Development & DesignJess GreenDramaturgLuke GeorgeCollaborating DirectorStephen NicolazzoExecutive Producer, Distribution & Tour ManagerAlison HalitProgram Producer, Technical Production & Stage ManagerLucie Sutherland
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.
Booking details to be released soon! Stay tuned ...
May contain occasional coarse language. Suitable for ages 12+.
I Liked it, BUT... is heading to Albany & Bunbury!
Albany Entertainment Centre
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
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- Joel Bray Dance
- Production Images by Sam Kennedy-Hine
- World Premiere at the Canberra Theatre Centre 2021 with further support from the ACT Government, City of Darebin, City of Yarra, QL2 Dance, BlakDance and Chunky Move
- Perth Festival’s Touring WA program is made possible through the support of Minderoo Foundation