Gurr Era Op

Touring Nationally

A call to action against climate devastation.

Created by Ghenoa Gela and produced by Force Majeure in association with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company  

Join four mainland-born Torres Strait Islander women as they battle against the rising tide threatening their home, culture and identity. GURR ERA OP(“the face of the sea” in Meriam Mir) is a celebratory sharing of culture and a call to action in the face of climate devastation. Interweaving hybrid Torres Strait Islander contemporary storytelling, movement and spoken word.

What would you do if you could never go home? Is your culture bound by place or by self? What happens to your identity when the physical place that holds your ancestral foundations disappears?

These are some of the questions the storytellers grapple with daily as they watch their motherland, family and communities suffer the onslaught of climate change. The Torres Strait Islands are currently on the front lines–but ultimately, your home is next.

Award-winning choreographer and performer Ghenoa Gela (My Urrwai, Sydney Festival 2018) presents her landmark work, in a culmination of many years of creative association with Force Majeure. Now in collaboration with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s Amy Sole, the result is a vivid imagining of loss and a call to action for a better future.

2024 Tour

With more locations to be announced

Sydney Festival
13 – 19 January 2024
Bangarra Dance Theatre, Studio 1 (The Thirsty Mile) Wharf 4/5, 15 Hickson Road Dawes Point NSW 2000

RISING Festival
12 - 16 June 2024
Arts House,
521 Queensberry Street,
North Melbourne VIC 3051

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Major Festivals Initiative, managed by Creative Australia, its Arts Funding and Advisory Body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Sydney Festival, RISING, Brisbane Festival and Ten Days in the Island


Creator, Director, Writer and Performer Ghenoa Gela

Associate Director / ILBIJERRI Theatre Creative Associate Amy Sole

Artistic Consultant / Force Majeure Artistic Director Danielle Micich

Set Designer Katy Moir

Costume Designer Lisa Fa'alafi

Lighting Designer Kelsey Lee

Composer and Sound Designer Ania Reynolds

Costume Associate Anthony Aitch

Performer Taryn Beatty

Performer Berthalia Selina Reuben

Performer Aba Bero

Stage Manager Bronte Schuftan

Production Manager Mark Haslam

Elders/Cultural Consultants/Advisors Anson Jack Gela, Annie Gela, Agnes Santo, Meo Sailor, Mua Sailor, Nancy Nawie, Patricia Dow, Sarah Gela, Joshua Thaiday

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