Joshua is of Kalkadoon heritage but lives and works on Noongar country in Western Australia. He is an experimental performance artist, dancer and choreographer of movement, temporary ritual and imagined realties. His practice is influenced by his two cultural histories: indigeneity and disability and the hybridisation of the two with particular interest in the aesthetics of the disabled body and also that of the colonised body. As an independent artist, he has had work shown in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and New York, and has performed in festivals and events such as the Undercover Artist Festival, YIRRAMBOI Festival, Next Wave, APAM, Short Cuts, MoveMe Festival, SuperCell Festival of Contemporary Dance In Situ and The First Nations Dialogues in New York. He is the creator of two solo works, Monster and Jupiter Orbiting. He is also a former member of LINK Dance Company, Ochres and Touch Compass Dance Company based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Noongar artist and performer Patrick Carter uses performance, video, sound and painting to tell his stories. His work with The Lost Generation Project in 2007 and 2008 laid the foundations for a multi-disciplinary practice that includes elements of painting, dance, performance, and musical composition. He has developed a distinctive body of digital artworks, short films and large-scale projects exploring the challenges he faces in life and the relationships between emotion, colour and movement.
Daisy is a Perth-based independent artist, a graduate of WAAPA (2013 BA Dance, 2017 First Class Honours) and a proud company member of Sensorium Theatre. She creates, performs and produces immersive choreographic works (Status Room 2014, PACES 2015, Choice Velocity 2016, A Resting Mess 2017-20) and is a rigorous, playful artist working across a variety of cities and contexts. Daisy has a passion for arts advocacy and accessibility. As co-founder of FLOCK she facilitates caring communities of practice for artists of all disciplines. Daisy’s lived experience of illness (endometriosis and chronic fatigue syndrome) enabled her to generate a unique and enduring dance research approach: she explores sustainability in bodily and social ecologies via a somatic focus on cycles of rest, activity and waste. Daisy has worked with Geoff Sobelle (USA), Teac Damsa (Ireland), Routa Company (Finland), Jo Pollitt, Joshua Pether and Company Upstairs (WA), Alexandra Harrison and KAGE (VIC). She was a 2019 Australia Council Career Development artist, a 2017 Culture and The Arts WA Fellow and the 2009 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year.
Imani is a disability rights and inclusion activist and speaker who uses her voice and social media platforms to create conversations engaging the disability community. Born with cerebral palsy, Imani often writes and uses her platform to speak from the perspective of a disabled black woman. In the last few years Imani has created over a dozen trending hashtags that allow disabled folk the opportunity to have their perspectives heard while forcing the world to take notice. #PatientsAreNotFaking, #ThingsDisabledPeopleKnow, #AbledsAreWeird and others each provide a window into disabled life while forming community. Imani is from the Philadelphia area and holds a Masters in Global Communications from the American University of Paris. Her published works include those in Forbes, Rewire, Healthline, BitchMedia and more. She runs the blog CrutchesAndSpice.com and a podcast of the same name. She currently serves as the Communications Director for a nonprofit in Pennsylvania.
Rodney is from Aotearoa and descends from Tainui Waka and of the Ngaati Maniapoto Iwi (tribe). Performing artist, advocator, provocateur, Rodney enhances each given moment to contribute in a meaningful way to performance. Though Rodney had acquired his disability 30 years ago, he has a strong desire to discover a greater sense of mystery by embracing uncertainty with the willingness to seek out new horizons. His talent and leadership as a disabled performing artist have won him The Creative New Zealand – Toi Iho Pūmanawa award (lived experience of disability and is making a national or international arts contribution) in 2020, The Grant Tilly Actor of the Year Award at the Wellington Theatre Awards 2018, Arts Access Artistic Achievement Award 2017 and the Attitude Artistic Achievement Award in 2016.
Founder and Director of Movement Of The Human, Malia is a leading New Zealand choreographer and live performance director who has created a significant repertoire of performances as well as representing New Zealand on the international Stage. Winner of Director of the Year 2018 for the piece Meremere, Malia’s strong collaborative interests have seen her work with an incredibly diverse range of performers and arts organisations across NZ, from her recent theatre work Owls Do Cry to her various contemporary dance pieces created on a range of NZ dance companies, to being the artistic director and show director of New Zealand’s iconic event The World Of Wearable Art Awards since 2002. She was commissioned to create a new integrated work for the Australian Commonwealth Games arts festival 2018 titled HURIHURI (a sister work to Meremere) involving aerial work with Rodney Bell. Malia developed and directed the creative element for the Pukeahau National War Memorial Park opening in Wellington along with the national Armistice commemoration in 2019. Her immersive work Rushes won 4 awards and most recently her work Belle was selected for presentation at the NZ International Arts Festival 2022.