One an Aboriginal man, the other a white Australian; Katina intertwines and embodies both dance histories of her two father figures from two different bloodlines.
Her Great Grandfather, a Wakka Wakka man, was a drover who not only wasn’t able to practice his own cultural dances but also wasn’t allowed to enter dance halls in his youth.
Her direct father, an Australian of Norwegian and British heritage celebrated Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary year on an official Tall Ship dancing away on Sydney Harbour with Katina as the youngest crew member aboard, one year old.
Merging these two distinctively contrasting and ironic dance histories of her patrilineal bloodlines, we go on a journey of nostalgia delving into Australia’s historical truths.
From the Australian Dance Award Nominated show DADS choreographed by Dance Makers Collective with direction by Miranda Wheen; Dance Makers Collective member Katina Olsen presents her story of her own Dad’s dance histories.