Isabella Whawai Waru’s Where We Stand raises urgent questions about the structures that inform Indigenous artmaking, says Jacob Boehme
Jacob has a 20 year history working in Cultural Maintenance, Research & Revival of traditional dance with Elders and youth from urban to remote Indigenous communities across Australia. His practice combines dance (Diploma in Dance, NAISDA 2000), puppetry (Masters in Puppetry, Victorian College of the Arts 2007), and playwriting (Masters in Writing for Performance, Victorian College of the Arts, 2014) to create multi-disciplinary theatre, dance and ceremony for stage, screen and large-scale public events and festivals. An original member of Assitej International’s “Next Generation of Youth Theatre Leaders”, Jacob is also a recipient of the Asialink Residency, working with Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust in Delhi, India, in 2010 and Alumni of the 2014 British Council’s ACCELERATE Indigenous Leaders Program. Other International Residencies include teaching traditional and contemporary Aboriginal dance at Teatteri ILMI O in Helsinki, Finland and the Schaxpir Festival Linz, Austria Jacob’s solo work Blood on the Dance Floor, produced in partnership with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, is currently touring Canada.