plenty serious TALK TALK by Vicki van Hout (Image by Heidrun Löhr)

Delivering a quirky and distinctive First Nations view, the YIRRAMBOI festival - Australia's premier First Nations multi-genre arts and cultural festival is hosting two deadly artists at pointedly different moments in their careers - Vicki Van Hout and Joel Bray.

The first of these, Vicki Van Hout's work plenty serious TALK TALK is the darkly irreverent dissection of Indigenous art made by the veteran choreographer and recipient of the 2019 Australia Council of the Arts Dance Award.

Tackling the complexities of negotiating art, culture and community, Van Hout's plenty serious TALK TALK is a sharp and witty dance theatre work that weaves in threads of stand-up, visual art practice, multimedia work and performance.

The second work is by emerging dance maker, Joel Bray, who confirms his must-follow status with the all-you-can-eat dance confessional Daddy that follows the recent success of his sell-out Dance Massive season of Biladurang.

Commissioned by YIRRAMBOI, Bray's Daddy is a saccharine and at times sinister examination of the colonial condition, Bray's relationship with his father and navigating adulthood as a queer man.

Daddy by Joel Bray (Image by James Henry)

Arts House Artistic Director, Emily Sexton, highlights that in Van Hout and Bray, there are two extraordinary Wiradjuri artists presented alongside each other.

"Vicki is an icon of Indigenous dance in Australia, having paved the way for so many independent contemporary dance makes. Joel Bray is just one of those artists - he is an incredible rising star. Together we see new and contrasting approaches to sharing one of the world's oldest living cultures," said Sexton.

"We are honoured to partner with YIRRAMBOI to present these works - it's an enriching festival that brings everyone together to share, learn and celebrate our wonderful First Nations artists," said Sexton.

Find out about these performances at the Arts House for the YIRRAMBOI Festival on their website here!


plenty serious TALK TALK - Directed and performed by Vicki Van Hout (Melb premiere)

Dates: 9 - 12 May 2019

Times: Thurs; 7pm - Sat and Sun; 5pm

Location: Arts House, North Melbourne Town hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

Tickets: $20 - $30 (plus transaction fee)

Daddy - Joel Bray (World premiere)

Dates: 8 - 12 May

Times: Preview Wed; 8.30pm, Thurs - Sat; 8.30pm, Sun; 6.30pm

Location: Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall - 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

Tickets: $15 - $30 (plus transaction fee)

Arts House Website