Joel Bray has made quite a name for himself inviting strangers into his hotel room for Biladurang. A solo dance cabaret drawing on the creation story of the platypus and his own complicated identity – Blak, white, queer – Joel’s hilarious and bittersweet show won Melbourne Fringe’s Best Performance Award. Since then, he’s been busy performing at major festivals across the country.
In this YIRRAMBOI World Premiere, Joel is back, and he’s got ‘daddy’ issues. His cravings for father figures and paternal connection – from candy-coated childhood innocence to saccharine queer adulthood – leave him consumed with desire and wanting more. The sugar fixes leave cavities, gnawing away at him. Featuring Joel’s trademarks of disarming humour, dance and unexpected audience participation, Daddy is a confessional laced with lollipop-psychology and the sugar crash of post-colonisation.
Joel is of Wiradjuri, Scottish and English heritage. His choreography and dance draws from Wiradjuri ways of making work: durational, site-specific and cross-genre. With an extensive international CV having been based for ten years in Tel Aviv, Joel has also performed and toured extensively with CHUNKY MOVE.
You can also catch Daddy in a special Arts House double bill with the latest work from preeminent choreographer Vicki Van Hout, plenty serious TALK TALK.