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Tuesday 18 Jun
10:00 AM

Running Time 4 hours

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Reframe your storytelling practice with Emele Ugavule

This workshop is for artists who are interested in building language and skills around nurturing the vā (sacred space that balances relationships in harmony) within the rehearsal room and development processes. If you are a writer, director or theatre maker, you will learn tools that will allow you to reframe your practice in live performance.

As we see the increase of intercultural works grace Australia’s theatre stages, there must be an increase in safe and ethical frameworks of engagement with artists and stories from Cultural and Linguistically diverse backgrounds. You are invited to investigate your own process as a practitioner, to unpack, learn, and exchange with like-minded peers through talanoa (sharing knowledge through conversation). Topics covered will include challenging the history and meaning of intercultural theatre, building safe spaces within colonial institutions, cultural appropriation, articulating your practice in your language, kinaesthetic development and how to overcome these challenges within the independent sector.


Emele Ugavule
Emele is a Tokelauan (Te Kaiga o Fagatiale, Nukunonu, Te Kaiga o Koloi, Uea) Fijian (Kaideuba) multi-disciplinary storyteller working across live performance & film as a performer, writer, director, photographer and videographer. Emele has produced content for Sydney Opera House, Audrey Journal, Talanoa & Black Birds, directed work for Casula Powerhouse, Festival Fatale & Wantok and performance coached for Warner Music. She has been featured on ABC, SBS, The Quo, Accent on Women & worked with musicians such as Solange Knowles, Ngaiire, Thelma Plum, Wallace & Ric Rufio. Her work is intercultural centring the development of trans-indigenous collaborative creative processes & outcomes informed by Indigenous epistemologies.

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