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Thomas ES Kelly

Thomas E.S. Kelly is a proud Bundjalung and Wiradjuri man of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. He studied at NAISDA Dance College and graduated in 2012. Thomas is an artist that works with multiple art forms which include choreography, dance, theatre, music composition, puppetry and teaching. Thomas’ performance credits include: Long Grass and  Les Festivities Lubrufie (Vicki Van Hout); Am I and Trolleys (Shaun Parker & Company); Dinosaur Zoo (ERTH Visual & Physical Inc); 1770: A Tale Not Often Told (Founding Modern Australia).

Thomas creates work that offers audiences an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal Australia and where that fits into to the modern world. Acknowledging the past, to understand the present, to better the future, knowledge is a source of power and it must be shared. Thomas choreographic credits include: [MIS]CONCEIVE, Next Wave Festival 2016.

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