Gail Mabo


Gail Mabo (2009)

Gail Mabo, dancer, actor and visual artist was born in Queensland in 1965. Gail is the daughter of celebrated land rights activist Eddie Mabo and in 2005 she directed the stage show KOIKI which was a performance based on the life of her father.

She commenced her dance career in 1979 with Townsville's New Blood Dance Troupe and performed with them for four years. Mabo studied dance at the National Aboriginal and Islander Dance Skill Development Association (NAISDA) in Sydney from 1984 to 1987. NAISDA helped establish Gail's foundation for traditional and contemporary movement, and the appropriate protocols and traditional dance techniques for both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural dance practices.

She performed in Jimmy Chi's Bran Nue Dae in its 1991 Sydney season and worked as a choreographer and dancer in Tracey Moffat's 1986 short film, Watch Out, and as an actor in Moffat's Nice Coloured Girls in 1985. Mabo added visual arts to her portfolio in 2004 when she began a Certificate IV in Visual Arts at the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE. She completed this course in 2005 and immediately enrolled in a Diploma of Visual Arts at the same TAFE, graduating in 2007. Mabo has enjoyed immediate success as a visual artist and has been involved in many group exhibitions through the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE and has also had two solo exhibitions in 2006 and 2007 at the Perc Tucker Regional Art Gallery in Townsville.

Gail choreographed Kelp for Tasdance in 2009 as part of the Island Inspired production.