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Black Birds

Black Birds is a Sydney based company which was founded in 2015 by Ayeesha Ash & Emele Ugavule. It is led by core members: Artistic Director, Ayeesha Ash; Community Outreach Director, Emele Ugavule; and Resident Choreographer, Sela Vai.

Black Birds was created as a response to the lack of representation & misrepresentation of Women of Colour in the Australian arts. With each project, creatives are invited to collaborate on works that dissect and document the female Black and Brown diaspora experiences in Australia through art and performance in a variety of mediums and spaces - both theatrical and non-theatrical. Black Birds prides itself on making work that is intersectional, interdisciplinary and intercultural. We strive to create work that is culturally, financially and physically accessible; work that challenges the norm and starts the conversation.

  1. Black Birds. Photo credit: Yiani Andrikadis