NORPA presents Thomas E.S. Kelly’s MISCONCEIVE

about the show

Extracting contemporary gestural motif from Aboriginal archetypes, [MIS]CONCEIVE’s hip-hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern is expressive and immediate.

Through the assertion of a continuous Aboriginal dance canon, the aesthetic rejects, reveals and re-educates modern (mis)-understandings of Indigeneity, [MIS]CONCEIVE argues that ‘knowledge’ does not equal comprehension. Books are not their covers. One size does not fit all.

Kelly and his ensemble move with assured physicality in this high-energy work that pulses with humour, play and personal stories. Voice and body become pathways to traditional dance and song, as repetition and disguise make way for moments of discovery.

[MIS]CONCEIVE brings audiences through the past, to understand the present, and move forward into a better future.



creative team

Choreographer, Performer & Composer / Thomas E.S. Kelly
Performers / Taree Sansbury, Caleena Sansbury, Natalie Pelarek


“[MIS]CONCEIVE’s power is in the riveting choreography and dance performance. Fierce and exciting, I’m eager to see what Kelly will do next”.

“A clear and measured, not furious, claim for identity”.
Realtime Arts.

“The art of unlearning”
Realtime Arts


In celebration of NAIDOC the foyer areas of Lismore City Hall will host celebrated Bundjalung visual artwork and the much lauded Balun Gilamahla (River Journey) weaving installation on Friday 29 & Saturday 30 June.

The Friday night performance of [MIS]CONCEIVE will be preceded at 5.30pm by a women’s smoking ceremony and then a Welcome to Country and Blessing by Rev Dorothy Gordon at 6pm. The Ngalingah Mijung Dubais (Our Happy Women) will show off their fashion creations in The Studio at 6.30pm.

On Saturday 30 June come and enjoy a women’s Yarning Circle discussing this years’ NAIDOC theme, “Because of her, we can,” at 3.55pm, performances by Nin Nahri Gali Girls Dance Troupe at 5pm and three short documentaries will be playing in the Fountain Room.

Bar and Diner

Before all performances of [MIS]CONCEIVE a pop-up diner will be operating serving delicious bush tucker inspired food created by Uncle Mick Roberts.

Our licensed bar will be open from 1pm for the matinee performance and 6pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre. Sorry, no BYO.

Patron advice

Suitable for ages 12+


Non Subscribers
Adult $36Senior/Concession/Groups 4+ $32
Under 25 $25

Adult $30
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+ $25
Under 25 $20

General admission.
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Photos by Zan Wimberley