WINDS OF WOERR
A translation of a story… In an era that had no seasons… Here the four winds ruled their way of life.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.
Choreographer/Director - Ghenoa Gela
Performing Collaborators - Andrea Addidi, Ghenoa Gela, Melanie Palomares and Melinda Tyquin
Cultural Advisor/Narrator - Annie Gela
Designer - Clare Britton
Composer - Ania Reynolds