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Walter Kadiki


Walter Kadiki is a master of weaving signed poetry and visual vernacular into poetic performance. He is known for his profound and engaging signed poetry and storytelling that bridges cultures and is accessible to deaf and hearing audiences.

He has delivered workshops for young people across Australia in Deaf Slam Poetry, has worked with community groups to create the poems such as Butterfly Hands, which was performed at Federation Square in Melbourne, and in Geelong. Kadiki has performed his signed poetry at the Melbourne Fringe Festival , Melbourne 2005 Deaflympics – Celebration of a possibility projection, Canberra Parliament and various events across Australia. 

In 2017, Walter Kadiki received an invitation to collaborate and perform with NOW-ID, an interdisciplinary dance and design company based in the US. Walter’s powerful poetry was the impetus and focus for the new work, A Tonal Caress. The original contemporary dance-based work was performed at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in the USA in July 2018.

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