Who is Michael Leslie?
A dancer, choreographer, educator, philanthropist and social entrepreneur. A 60-year-old Indigenous man who grew up in Moree before he had the right to swim in the pool. A staunch and outspoken black man.
What would you do differently to what you do now?
Nothing really, I’ve done a lot, served my people in many ways, mentored many people and established institutions, training and pathways. I’ve lived in New York and Tahiti, I’ve led a very rich life and led it responsibly to empower my people.
Who inspires you and why?
My people’s poverty inspires me to work hard so we too can have land, jobs and equity in society.
What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Continue to educate Australians about the world’s oldest culture whose people were only recognised as citizens in 1964.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
The world. I love travelling abroad and smelling the distinct smells, discovering new cultures.
When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
To the theatre.
What are you currently reading?
What are you currently listening to?
Black music, Al Green, Bob Marley, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye.
Tell me. It comes in waves.
What does the future hold for you?
It’s a positive future. We punch above our weight as a people (sport, music, art, politics) and I’ll continue to keep educating the world about how positive we can be.
Michael is currently appearing in Ochre Contemporary Dance Company’s Australian Premiere Season of 3 point 3 at the Subiaco Arts Centre until 3 June 2018. For more information, visit: www.ochredance.org for details.
Image: Michael Leslie (supplied)