Artist Biography

Kirk’s descendants are from the Mulandjali people in south-east Queensland, Badu Island in the Torres Strait, Germany and Wales. He is the Associate Artistic Director at the Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) Company, Lismore NSW.Kirk trained at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association in Sydney and has continued being a student since then. He began his professional career with Bangarra Dance Theatre in 1995 as a trainee and has continued on the path as a performer and a theatre maker since then. He has worked across all performance disciplines. Kirk has worked in film, television and theatre as movement consultant and director on ABC’s My Place, Bran Nue Dae, Krush Legs on the Wall, Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony and Bangarra Dance Theatre – Rekindling Youth Dance Program, to connect Aboriginal teenagers with their culture and awaken their artistic and performance skills. He was Assistant Director for Bloodland with Sydney Theatre Company, Posts in the Paddock with My Darling Patricia and on Culminate with Force Majuere as one of the emerging horeographers 2013. He has also directed To Whom It May Concern at the Australian Centre for Theatre and Television and was Associate Director for Circus Oz Blakflip training program. Kirk recently directed Djurra ( LORE ) a Bundjalaung Dreaming Story, for NORPA’S sellout 2017 season and he is the director of Horse’s Mouth – a program for emerging indigenous artists in partnership with Beyond Empathy.

Artist statement

My artistic practice as a physical theatre performer, actor, dancer, singer, teacher has had me work in the professional industry - commercial and independent over the last 24 years. My practice has developed from the need to be employable, relevant and constantly evolving still. I am intrigued by the body and how it can tell story, its history and its future, as a movement based practitioner this project would have me extending on my physical skill set as an interpreter of ancestor and history.

Artist quote

I am really thrilled to be working on this project and co authoring a new work that brings 2 first nations cultures together - Internationally and Regionally. Jade Dewi is a force in the contemporary dance landscape and a respected colleague and mentor. I'm excited at the prospect of both our performance practices meeting in the future on Smoke.