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Joel Bray is black. Well, he’s white, but black. Y’know? He’s trapped in a hotel room somewhere in Melbourne and you, the audience, are trapped with him. Pull on a bathrobe and share a uniquely immersive and intimate encounter with Bray in the hilarious and revelatory Biladurang.

In this nowhere place Bray takes a pause, looks over his shoulder and takes a good look at his life, asking: ‘Is this where I am supposed to be? Is this who I am supposed to be? What is all this? The drugs? The sex? The cigarettes?’

Biladurang is loosely based on the traditional story of the platypus. It’s a story Bray grew up hearing, identifying with this mutant offspring who doesn’t seem to belong and finds himself roaming in search of a home. This award-winning confessional solo is physical, tender, funny and dark. It’s the perfect dance-theatre one-night stand.

Warnings — Nudity, adult concepts and coarse language. Ages 18+

“A fraught, voyeuristic intention that is difficult to watch, but impossible to turn away from” – Stage Whispers

Presented by Arts House for Dance Massive

6pm & 8pm, Tue 19 - Sun 24 March 2019

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
25 Collins St, Melbourne

Previous Presentations

Sydney Festival | 11–20 January 2019

Brisbane Festival | 12–15 September 2018

Darwin Festival | 10–12 August 2018

Melbourne Fringe | 20–24 September 2017

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Biladurang was first presented at Melbourne Fringe 2018 with support from Melbourne Fringe, CHUNKY MOVE, Arts House, Ilbijerri and the Wilin Centre. Following a sell-out season the work won three Fringe Awards including Best Performance.



Chunky Move presents Next Move 11 featuring two new works choreographed and performed by company dancers Lauren Langlois and Joel Bray.

Dharawungara by Joel Bray (Complexity of Belonging) is a collision of rituals. Following his successful work Biladurang, the audience is invited to reimagine the theatre as a ceremonial ground of light and sound, as Joel explores how to breathe life into this Wiradjuri rite he has only ever read about. Naretha Williams joins Bray onstage as songwoman, and her driving beats conjure the space around us. Together they create a site of intersection between his ancestral ceremonial practice, our collective imagination and the realities of colonization.

Premiere Season
9 November  – 17 November 2018
Chunky Move Studios, Melbourne


Concept, Direction & Choreography:
Joel Bray
Joel Bray
Lighting Design:
Amelia Lever-Davison
Sound Artist:
Naretha Williams
Kate Davis



Augury (2015)



  • a sign of what will happen in the future; an omen.

"they heard the sound as an augury of death"

  • the interpretation of omens.

Created as Artist-in-Residence at the NAISDA Dance College, the work is a highly athletic exploration of the ongoing power of birds as bearers of news amongst contemporary Indigenous Australian peoples.