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Elma Kris Elma Kris i(11711826 works by)
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Torres Strait Islander
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'Elma was raised on Thursday Island (Waiben) in the Torres Strait. Her clan is from the North Western and Central Islands of the Torres Strait.

'Elma has had a rich and rewarding career as a dancer, choreographer, actor and teacher. She studied at NAISDA and joined Bangarra in 1999.

'Her many choreographic credits include Bupau Ipikazil and Bupau Mabigal (NAISDA, 1994) Malu (Bibir dance company, 1998), the Torres Strait Island element of the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony (2000), Emeret Lu (Bangarra, True Stories, 2007) and About(Bangarra, Belong, 2011). Elma’s film credits include Oscar and LucindaReef DreamingFarscape and Spear.' (Source : Bangarra website)

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Belong 2011 single work drama Indigenous story

'About' and 'ID' - are presented as 'Belong'. 'About' explores the representation and sensations of the various winds that blow through the lives of her people in the Torres Strait Islands. 'ID' questions the nature of Aboriginality.' (Source: AusStage website)

2012 Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Original Score
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