Keia McGrady

Charcoal investigates the impacts of
land management or lack thereof…

Charcoal explores the embodiment and physicality of caring for country through visual art and movement. Working with charcoal made on Migunberri country, this extraordinary interdisciplinary dance work embodies the fire that forms it. Charcoal investigates the impacts of land management or lack thereof, as well as the importance of First Nations stewardship.



Githabul, Migunberri Lead Artist & Choreographer
Keia McGrady

Artist and Choreographer
Olivia Adams

Waveney Yasso


Professional Mentor
Courtney Scheu

BlakDance Creative Producers (for previous two creative developments)
Tom Pritchard,  Olivia Adams & Alinta McGrady

Githabul, Gaangalu Artist/Dancer
Amarina Toby

Githabul, Migunberri – Yugumbeh Artist/Dancer
Alinta McGrady

Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal Visual Artist
D Harding

Information for Presenters

Charcoal  has been a 2023 creative development for presentation in 2024. For inquiries into the work please contact the team at Performing Lines TAS.

Sinsa Mansell Senior Producer
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Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Charcoal was originally developed as part of the BlakDance Residency Program, with financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland QASP and Access Arts, and additional support from the Brisbane Powerhouse. As Performing Lines TAS’ Aboriginal Arts Mentor for 2023 the further development of Charcoal is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Arts Tasmania’s Aboriginal Arts Program, and Moonah Arts Centre.

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.