Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri dancer, writer and performance-maker. Joel uses a contemporary toolbox to breathe life into ancient ritual practice to create work that surfs between spoken text and textured improvisation movement. His work is conversational and confessional and is often made for intimate settings that create unique person-to-person encounters between performer and audience.
His work Biladurang (Best Performance 2017 Melbourne Fringe) is touring nationally. Dharawungara was commissioned and produced by CHUNKY MOVE to five-star reviews. Joel’s third work- Daddy- was commissioned by Artshouse, Yirramboi and Performance Space and explores the thorny intersections of kinship and sex.
Trained at NAISDA and WAAPA, he was engaged as a technical and virtuosic dancer with companies in Europe and Israel, including Hofesh Shechter and Yoram Karmi. Joel Bray is a dancer with CHUNKY MOVE since 2014 .
Joel is interested in the visceral nowness of human relationships to each other, to environment and of his body to the world it interacts with. His body and storytelling both lending themselves as abstractions of each other.