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Peggy Misi

Dance Artist (Alumni)

  • Torres Strait Islands

A descendant of the Kaigas Augadh clan, Peggy was born in 1968 on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Peggy comes from a family of song and dance makers so she started dancing in traditional styles as soon as she could walk. Peggy joined Bangarra in 1999 working as a dance artist with the company until 2003. Since 2003, Peggy has returned to work with Bangarra as cultural consultant, language advisor and song-writer.

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A descendant of the Kaigas Augadh clan, Peggy was born in 1968 on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.

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A descendant of the Kaigas Augadh clan, Peggy was born in 1968 on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Peggy comes from a family of song and dance makers so she started dancing in traditional styles as soon as she could walk. She began contemporary dance in Cairns where she worked three shows a day in contrasting styles at different venues, from a traditional showcase to a theatre restaurant. While she studied at NAISDA College in Sydney, she choreographed short pieces for student performances.

In 1999 Peggy joined Bangarra Dance Theatre, performing in Australia and overseas in Rites, The Dreaming and Minymaku Inma for Dance Clan 2. She is keen to entwine Torres Strait Islander dance traditions with contemporary styles, which is the approach she has taken in her choreography for the group Bibir.

Peggy appeared in Tubowgule, the opening ceremony of the Olympic Arts Festival, the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. She performed in Bangarra’s Skin, at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Peggy held traditional Torres Strait Islander dance workshops at the Australian Theatre for Young People in 2000. In 2001, she took an active role teaching Torres Strait dances in the cultural residency workshops Bangarra conducted with youth in the remote central desert community of Umuwa, as guests of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s and Men’s Council.

Currently, Peggy continues her creative and cultrural practice, performing, creating dance and songs and working as a cultural consultant and educator within the Australian Creative and Cultural Industries.