Ngioka Bunda-Heath is Wakka Wakka, Ngugi from Queensland (matrilineal); and Birrpai from New South Wales (patrilineal). She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts and is the first Aboriginal woman to graduate in her field.

She’s worked for Bangarra Dance Theatre in their “Rekindling” youth education program; and is First Peoples Partnership Coordinator at Chunky Move.

Ngioka has performed in several works nationally, working with esteemed choreographers such as Mariaa Randall, Amrita Hepi, Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen. Internationally, she’s participated in dance conferences, festivals and residencies in New Caledonia, France, Canada and the USA.

Ngioka’s choreographic work includes Blood Quantum (2019) , Birrpai (2020) and Lucha Bridge, Silent Shift (2021).

What activities will the Creators Fund support you to undertake?

The creative development and world premiere of and Lucha Bridge, Silent Shift as a part of the Deadly Fringe at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2021.

Can you talk us through what your work routine will look like with the help of a creator's fund grant?

9-5 creative development Mon-Fri for four weeks at Dance house and the Abbotsford Convent.

Where would you like to see yourself and your career at the end of this process?

Touring one or all three of my works.