Indigenous dancer Tammi Gissell talks about dance's influence in her culture

By Michelle Potter
Updated April 24 2018 - 11:48am, first published February 2 2016 - 11:59pm

Who can forget the magnificent presence of dancer Tammi Gissell in Canberra during the city's centennial year, 2013? She performed at the launch of the Centenary Indigenous Cultural Program, and appeared in Magnificus, magnificus, a work by Liz Lea focusing on the habits of the red-tailed black cockatoo. She also discussed on several occasions her collaboration with Lea at the CSIRO Discovery Centre as they worked on a program called Seeking Biloela, which led to the creation of Magnificus, magnificus. Gissell, a descendant of the Muruwari nation of north-western New South Wales, is an exceptional dancer – every part of her beautifully honed body is expressive. But during 2013 she was equally at home demonstrating and discussing Indigenous movement language, and she provided frequent insights into the transmission of Indigenous knowledge.

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