Winds of Woerr

Ghenoa is a charismatic and exciting new force in Australian dance
Emily Sexton, Next Wave

Winds of Woerr is highly enjoyable dance theatre
Sydney Morning Herald

Long, long time ago, before time… On myriads of floating islands, on the vast ocean that changed its colours as the day went on, in amongst the yellow sand bars, by beautiful and dangerous coral reefs, the ancestors lived.

Stories of the Creation Era tell of how the Torres Strait Islands were created and how their myths and legends began. Bringing to life the stories of her family and her ancestors, choreographer Ghenoa Gela tells the tale of the Winds of Woerr. The four trade winds of the Torres Strait – Kuki, Sager, Naigai, Ziai – marked for her people the passage of time and the coming and going of the seasons.

With the support of her family and elders, Ghenoa takes her place as storyteller, sharing her traditional stories and continuing the oral history of her people.


Directed and Choreographed by
Ghenoa Gela

Performed by
Andrea Addidi
Ghenoa Gela
Melanie Palomares
Melinda Tyquin

Cultural Advisor/Narrator
Annie Gela

Clare Britton

Ania Reynolds

Produced by Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

This work is potentially available on request.

Presentation History

Next Wave
Melbourne, VIC
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Full Presentation History for Winds of Woerr

Next Wave
Melbourne, VIC
Spirit Festival
Adelaide, SA

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

This production was originally produced by Performing Lines and supported by Next Wave.

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.