Katina Olsen

Katina Olsen is a proud Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri dancer / choreographer currently based between Sydney and the Sunshine Coast in Australia. We focus on respecting and questioning tradition with in her work.


“to have the platform that my mother, grandmother, great grandmother, didn’t have” – Katina Olsen


we talk about:

  • who Katina is
  • living between two cities
  • beginning as a choreographer
  • cultural protocols
  • traditional vs contemporary aboriginal dance
  • INstar
  • critical path residency
  • choreographing on QUT students
  • Min Min lights/stories
  • being on country in Norway and parts of Australia
  • working
  • blak friday event
  • heritage, lineage, embodiment
  • Acknowledging country residency at Critical Path
  • being visible as indigenous and as a woman
  • having dances withheld
  • historical vs cultural
  • respecting and questioning tradition
  • the power of conversation
  • Yalu dad
  • having witnesses and being accountable
  • emoji skin colour tone usage eg:  👌🏾 💃🏼




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Matt Cornell is based in the Asia-Pacific region and grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. He works through dance, choreography, sound, photography, and discussion to question the arbitrary configuration of systems, and is passionate about overcoming cognitive bias... to ask better questions… to dissolve malignant social narratives.

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