Started by Thomas E.S Kelly in November 2017, Karul Projects is a performing arts company that tells stories of Indigenous knowledge, and its relevance and responsibility in modern and future Australia’s identity.
Thomas is a proud Bundjalung-Yugambeh, Wiradjuri, Ni-Vanuatu man.
Thomas graduated in 2012 from NAISDA Dance College and has since worked with the likes of Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company, Branch Nebula, ERTH, Chunky Move, Outer Urban Projects and Urban Theatre Projects. Thomas is currently a member of the Tasdance Makers Company.
His choreographic credits include his Green Room Award winning work [MIS]CONCEIVE, VESSEL for Outer Urban Projects and SHIFTING > SHAPES.
Thomas creates work that explores high intensity physical works stemming from a cultural practice fused with contemporary, which incorporates voice and physical percussion. Creating work that ebbs and flows whilst mimicking nature. Thomas creates work that reveals subject matters that offers an opportunity to learn and develop. Remembering the past to better understand the present so we can move forward into the future.
In 2017 Thomas created Karul Projects. A new company led by new indigenous voices telling new stories. Karul Projects is resident company at PACT.