Thomas E.S. Kelly is a proud Bundjalung-Yugambeh, Wiradjuri and Ni-Vanuatu man. 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. In 2017 Thomas founded and became Artistic Director of Karul Projects and is currently a company member of the Tasdance Makers Company. Thomas' performance credits include;
Long Grass - Vicki Van Hout
Les Festivities Lubrufier - Vicki Van Hout
Am I - Shaun Parker & Company
Trolleys - Shaun Parker & Company
Dinosaur Zoo - ERTH Visual & Physical Inc.
1770: A Tale Not Often Told - Founding Modern Australia
Accumulation - Chunky Move
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 - Thomas E.S. Kelly
CO_EX_EN - Karul Projects
SHIFTING > SHAPES - Karul Projects
SNAP*CLICK*SHOT - Karul Projects
VESSEL - Outer Urban Projects
JUNJEIRI BALLUN-GURUL GAUREIMA - Tasdance
Thomas won a Green Room Award for Outstanding Choreography by an Emerging Artist/Choreographer for his work [MIS]CONCEIVE.
Thomas is the 2018 recipient of The Dreaming Awards which is apart of the National Indigenous Arts Awards.
Photo Credits: Kate Holmes