A proud Wiradjuri man, Joel began dancing at age 20, with traditional Aboriginal and Contemporary dance forms at NAISDA Dance College, before graduating from WAAPA. He has performed with Company CeDeCe (Portugal), Kolben Dance, Machol Shalem Dance House, Yoram Karmi’s FRESCO Dance Company, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor and Roy Assaf. Joel is an ongoing performer with CHUNKY MOVE and has continued his collaboration with Anouk van Dijk and Falk Richter with Safe Places at the Frankfurt Shauspielhaus.
Joel’s choreographic credits include works for PICA, the ArtRage Festival (Perth), The Albania International Dance Meeting, and STRUT WA. In Israel he created works for the Mixer Festival, Suzanne Dellal and the IntimaDance Festival. His work for a children’s audience, SPLASH, was commissioned by the Israeli National Science Museum and had an audience of over 11,000. Joel’s solo performance BILADURANG was awarded best Performance in the 2018 Melbourne Fringe.
Raymond Zada is an Adelaide-based visual artist working primarily with photography, video, and digital design. He’s also an award-winning radio broadcaster with 13 years’ experience in production, presentation, and technical operation. In 2012, Raymond won the Works on Paper category of the 29th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award for his piece, racebook. In 2013, Raymond went on to win the New Media category of the 30th Telstra Art Award for his piece, Sorry.
Born in Adelaide in 1971, Raymond grew up in Port Augusta and Marree, South Australia. He is Barkindji with Afghan and Scottish heritage. Most recently, Raymond was one of the featured artists of Defying Empire the 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia.