About Ngioka’s Residency

This LGI Residency sees Ngioka develop new work Birrpai.

‘Portraying colonial photography from a First Nations’ perspective, Birrpai draws parallels between the colonial gaze and today’s selfie culture. By combining photography, movement and storytelling, Birrpai reclaims these stories and switches the gaze and refocuses the lenses that have until now publicly framed Ngioka’s ancestors.’

About Ngioka

Ngioka Bunda-Heath is Wakka Wakka, Ngugi from Queensland (matrilineal) and Biripi from New South Wales (patrilineal). She completed her Advanced Diploma in the Performing Arts (Dance) at the Aboriginal Centre of the Performing Arts and her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts.

After graduating VCA, she accepted a traineeship with Bangarra Dance Theatre with their Youth Education Program Rekindling. Ngioka is currently a Performer and Choreographer for Mariaa Randall’s Indigenous Female Dance Company DUBAIKUNGKAMIYALK (DKM). She has travelled overseas, dancing in Noumea, New Caledonia with Compine Maado, Banff in Canada as part of the International Indigenous Dance Residency and took part of the World Dance Alliance in France. Ngioka performed in Los Angeles for the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference and Festival and attended the First Nations Dialogues in New York.

About LGI Residencies

LGI Residencies offer artists the freedom to explore new ideas, develop new works and cultivate their choreographic practice. Studio space and administrative support are offered by LGI, as well as the invitation to share outcomes of the residency in a way that best supports the artist in residence.

For more information on LGI’s residency program and the other 2020 Artists-in-Residence, please visit the Residency tab on our Programs page.

Birrpai is co-commissioned by Next Wave and Chunky Move as part of Chunky Move + and presented in association with Blak Dot Gallery. The project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Lucy Guerin Inc and the City of Moreland. Chunky Move + is supported by the Besen Family Foundation.

Image from WIP showing at Chunky Move, Friday 28 February 2020