Koedal (Crocodile) and Waumer (Frigate Bird) woman Ghenoa Gela is a strong Torres Strait Islander from Rockhampton Central Queensland. Her background is in Torres Strait Islander dancing, and since getting a Diploma in Careers in Dance she has been an independent artist working across several mediums including hip-hop and Indigenous contemporary from urban to remote communities.
Recently, Ghenoa was host and choreographer for Deadly Vibe Australia’s television show Move It Mob Style. Some of her other performance credits include ‘From the Ground Up’ with Circus Oz (2012/2013), ‘Briwyant’ with choreographer Vicki Van Hout (2011, Performance Space), ‘Happy As Larry’ with Shaun Parker (2010, Marguerite Pepper Productions) and ‘Wagana Like Lyrebird & Eagle’ with Jo Clancy (2010).
Ghenoa also does extensive work facilitating dance workshops in regional and remote communities and has worked in programs such as Young, Black & Deadly, ARM Tour and Vibe Alive, just to name a few. Ghenoa’s inspired by her family’s stories and wants to increase awareness of Torres Strait Islander culture through her emerging dance company, ‘Malungoka’. In 2011, Ghenoa completed a cultural residency on Moa Island; this will form the basis for her research in an upcoming Critical Path Residency. In 2013/2014, she is very excited to be working on her own work “Winds of Woirr”, with the support of Kickstart and the Ausdance NSW Space Residency.