Joel’s works are informed by his body, his experience, and the intersection of songlines including his Indigenous heritage, skin-colour and queer sexuality.
Joel first work when returning to Australia, Biladurang (2017) at Melbourne Fringe Festival, won three awards. Based on the traditional story of the platypus, Biladurang has toured to Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival, Sydney Festival, Dance Massive and Auckland Arts Festival.
Dharawungara (2018) created for Chunky Move’s Next Move season began an initial investigation into Wiradjuri rituals as recorded by white anthropologists and has spurred a series of deeper investigations.
Daddy (2019) — a personal investigation into desire, fetishization and colonisation — was commissioned by YIRRAMBOI Festival, Performance Space and Arts House, and has been presented at Brisbane Festival, Liveworks and Arts Centre Melbourne for Midsumma.
Joel’s two new works in development: Considerable Sexual Licence for Speakeasy at City of Darebin, and Burbang, extend his research and practice into collective participation, civic rites, contemporary performance and traditional ceremony.