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Talking Bodies 2022 | Eliam Royalness

Get underneath the skin of dance in Talking Bodies, a performance-lecture series.

Discover the inside story on the evocative and often daring ways dance artists use the body to challenge the way we see the world.

Combining storytelling with movement and imagery, Talking Bodies traces connections between real-life experience, artistic practice and the big topics of our time.

Blacktown Arts are thrilled to host the first of this current series, featuring choreographer and performer, Eliam Royalness. Through a short residency at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, Eliam will reflect on queer and cultural lineages of dance practice in response to Giraru Galing Ganhagirri, Myths & Legends, Water Woman, a new exhibition featuring work by Joel Bray, Amala Groom and Taree Sansbury, in a performance-lecture on Thursday 6 October.

The next instalment of Talking Bodies will feature Jasmin Sheppard, exploring connections to Country and the passing of time in dialogue with NURA at Cement Fondu.

Talking Bodies is curated by Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey.

Image: Courtesy of Eliam Royalness

6.00 pm
Thursday 6 October 2022

The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Free, registrations encouraged


Eliam Royalness

Eliam Royalness is a choreographer and performer from Sydney’s south-west. He originates from Wellington NZ and from the influence of his Polynesian heritage, has a strong sense of purpose and direction. Eliam is the founder and director of Australia’s national champion megacrew, The Pioneers MC, who’ve represented Australia at Hip-Hop International in the U.S. He is also a leading figure of Australian Ballroom (Vogue) with the House of Sle (AUS) and the House of Oricci (USA). Eliam’s style is influenced by elements of various genres under the street dance umbrella. He’s trained in the foundations of Waacking, Hip-Hop Grooves, Afro, and Vogue; and incorporates these foundations into his movement and choreography.

Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Blacktown City Council and Blacktown Arts.