This May, Ghenoa Gela’s compelling autobiographical performance, My Urrwai will be presented at Sydney Opera House as part of Festival UnWrapped, following a sold out run at Sydney Festival in 2018. My Urrwai invites audiences to come and meet powerhouse little sister, daughter, granddaughter, teacher, fighter, air guitarist, proud Torres Strait Mainlander and walking political statement – all performed by herself. Movement and words flow in this deeply personal work, creating space for audiences to both laugh and reflect on Australia’s colonial legacy in equal measure.
No stranger to making her voice heard and connecting people with stories, Gela’s career has spanned several genres including dance, circus, television and comedy. Her performances have earned her a reputation for being what the Sydney Morning Herald called a “vivid storyteller with a forceful dramatic presence”.