- With Bangarra Since:
- Family Background:
- Chantal is a descendant of the Biripi People of Northern NSW and is also of English and Norwegian heritage. Born and raised in Sydney, her totems are the shark and the flying fox.
Chantal graduated from the National Aboriginal & Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) College in 2002 and has over 25 years of performing and over 10 years teaching experience.
Chantal’s career highlights include Performing alongside the women of the Central Dessert as part of the 2000 Olympic games opening ceremony, performing in Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theatre and The Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C, as well as Cultural and cross cultural exchanges with the Inuit people of northern Canada, JAK ART festival in Indonesia, Back to country residencies to Ngukurr NT and Mer, Yam and Thursday Islands In the Torres Strait.
In 2013 Chantal joined the Youth Program team as Team Leader and has gone on to travel to more than 20 regional and remote communities as part of the Rekindling program. She has creatively collaborated and choreographed sections of the Aboriginal Component for both the New South Wales School Spectacular and Creative Generations since 2014, as part of Bangarra’s partnerships with the New South Wales Education Department’s Arts Unit, and DET SER QLD and Creative Generations State Schools Onstage QLD.
Her inspiration comes from her family, especially her daughter who she hopes to instill a great sense of pride and understanding in knowing she is a descendant of a vibrant, culturally rich and strong people.
"To travel to communities around the country and connect with elders through stories, song and dance is a privilege; to be entrusted to nurture their youth as they bring their ancestors’ stories to life in a way that reflects this time and place is what leaves me energised and hopeful for the future." - Chantal Kerr