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Joel Bray

Presented in Season 2 2019

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House and YIRRAMBOI Festival

Wed 8 – Sun 12 May
Wed 8 May, 8.30pm, Preview
Thu 9 – Sat 11 May , 8.30pm
Sun 12 May, 6.30pm
70 mins
Preview $20 / $15
$30 / $25 / $20

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Adult themes, explicit sexual content, haze, strobe lighting and low lighting. The work uses confectionery including copious amounts of powdered sugar.
This show is standing only; limited priority seating (restricted view) available for those who are unable to stand for long periods.

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Wheelchair Accessible
Auslan Interpreted  Sun 12 May, 6.30pm

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

“A fraught, voyeuristic intention that is difficult to watch, but impossible to turn away from.” Stage Whispers for Biladurang

“Bray’s Dharawungara also plays with dynamic shifts, as he draws the audience into his story with humour and pathos.” Sydney Morning Herald for Dharawungara

 “What’s undeniable is how moving this performance is, in ways that you don’t expect: it’s sharp, unsettling, urgent. It’s both a personal rite of expiation and empowerment, and a mourning for the immeasurable losses of colonial dispossession.” Witness Performance for Dharawungara

Creator and Performer:
Joel Bray
Set & Costume:
James Lew
Composition & Sound Design:
Naretha Williams
Lighting & AV Design:
Katie Sfetkidis
Collaborating Director:
Stephen Nicolazzo
Collaborating Performer:
Niharika Senapati
SJ Norman
Josh Wright

Supported by – Daddy was commissioned by the City of Melbourne through Arts House, YIRRAMBOI Festival, and the Arts Grants Program. It was developed as a KIN Commission for Presentation at YIRRAMBOI 2019 and the Liveworks Festival supported by Performance Space.

Image by – James Henry