SILENCE pulls the Treaty conversation out from under the rug, slams it back on the table and invites you to make it a talking point!

SILENCE is about the space in between. The conversations not being heard and the responses that are muted. Through the beating of a drum, bodies thrash through frequencies to uncover what lies in the SILENCE.

There’s SILENCE between the stars as the Emu travels across the night sky. There’s SILENCE in the dancer’s energy when they hit the cut, the rupture between rhythms and movement where the spirit world can enter. It’s also the deafening SILENCE under white noise. The same questions echoed through generations.

We have marched across Country. We have had promises made and promises broken. The conversation about a TREATY will never be silenced.

SILENCE breaks the silence.

"SILENCE is bold and uncompromising."
— Richard Bell
"Thomas embodies his ancestors teachings, stories of the stars, rivers, ocean and totem animals locate the work in the artist’s traditional homelands."
— Ellen van Neerven, Koori Mail
"The soundtrack was electrifying and the performance so powerful and riveting, that I had to remind myself to breathe."
— Audience Member
"The dancers move to the driving beat by composer and performer Jhindu-Pedro who has his drum kit on the stage and, boy, does he know how to use it."
— Phil Brown, Courier Mail

Cast and Creatives 

Choreographer / Writer / Performer: Thomas E.S. Kelly

Rehearsal Director / Performer: Taree Sansbury

Choreographic Dramaturg: Vicki Van Hout

Dramaturg: Alethea Beetson

Performers: Amber Nofal, Benjin Maza, Kiara Malcolm-Bodel, Tiana Pinnell

Percussion Composer / Performer: Jhindu-Pedro Lawrie

Music / Sound Designer: Sam Pankhurst

Lighting Designer: Karen Norris

Costume Designer: Selene Cochrane

Producer: BlakDance

Images: Simon Woods


SILENCE is produced by BlakDance and this tour has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the Arts Queensland's Touring Queensland Fund. The premiere production was co-commissioned by BlakDance, HOTA Home of the Arts, City of Gold Coast, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Brisbane Festival, with support by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.


Event and ticketing details

Date and time

Friday 14 October - 7:30pm

Duration:     1hr, no interval


Early Bird Adult: $30.00
Early Bird Concession: $25.00 - Senior/Pensioner/Student
Groups 10+: $25.00 - pp
School Groups (10+): $18.00 - pp - Plus 1 teacher free per 10 tickets. Book via the RPAC Box Office.

Ticket status

On Sale


RPAC Concert Hall

2 -16 Middle Street, Cleveland, QLD 4163

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Assistive listening Induction Loop Hearing Assistance

If you require mobility assistance please contact Redland Performing Arts Centre on 3829 8131 so that we can accommodate your needs. Further information can also be found on the 'Access and Facilities' page.

Event notes

Suitability & Warnings:

Suitable for ages 12+

Performance contains water based haze and strobe lighting.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that this show contains depictions of people who have died.

Booking fees:

$5 by phone and $6 online per transaction

Box Office hours:

Monday – Friday 9am to 4pm, and 1 hour prior to performances

Early Bird pricing ends:

For Early Bird Tickets book before midnight on 21 August. After this date Adults $35, Senior/Pensioner $30 and Students $27.