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February 2017
$30 - $60

Single Asian Female (Theatre)

February 15 @ 6:30 pm - March 8 @ 7:30 pm AEDT
Roundhouse Theatre,
Roundhouse Theatre, 6-8 Musk Avenue Kelvin Grove
Brisbane, QLD 4059 Australia
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An incisive new comedy skewering race and gender in contemporary Australia from Brisbane-based award winning writer Michelle Law. Step into the after-hours of a suburban Chinese restaurant and meet a family of whip smart women who are definitely talking about you in their native tongue. Set on the Sunshine Coast this hilarious play answers what it means to be an Asian woman living in Australia. Catch an Auslan interpreted performance on Thursday 2nd March at 7.30pm.

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$30 - $45

Kagerou – Study of Translating Performance (Theatre)

February 15 @ 7:30 pm - February 18 @ 7:30 pm AEDT
Arts House,
521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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As part of Asia TOPA 2017, Arts House welcomes Japanese docu-performance mavericks Hamanaka Company.   On 11 March 2011, a woman living in Hisanohama, a port town in Fukushima Japan, lost her husband when he was swept away by a tsunami. Kagerou – Study of Translating Performance is an intimate, documentary-style performance that tells a women’s story through her own words and voice. Or so it seems. Interweaving sound recordings and video footage from Hisanohama, Kagerou – Study of Translating Performance also features simultaneous Japanese/English interpretations to create an immersive and uniquely powerful meditation on translation in the aftermath of Fukushima.   Duration: 50 mins.

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$29 - $39

Lukautim Solwara (look out for the ocean) (Performance)

February 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art,
111 Sturt Street, Southbank
Melbourne, Victoria 3006 Australia
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Smoke rises. Song welcomes. Bodies are adorned. Enter a space carrying culture, ceremony and regalia of our longest living cultures.   Next Wave brings together acclaimed Samoan/Aotearoa (New Zealand) artist Rosanna Raymond with Maori, Pasifika and Aboriginal collaborators in Lukautim Solwara (look out for the ocean), a one-night-only event of performance, art and adornment. Immerse yourself in the mana (power and honour) of visual artists, performers and choreographers as they intensively articulate, fabricate and actiVAte an explosive new cross-disciplinary experience, especially for Asia TOPA.

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WHERE WE AT? presented by THE PIN

February 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT

The Pin brings you 'Where We At?' A look at Australian identity through the voices of people who call Australia home, featuring Briggs, writer Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, poet Soreti Kadir, artist Atong Atem, and DJ’s MzRizk & Sovereign Trax. Building on the growing conversations around race, identity and culture, The Curtin band room will be turned into an intimate seated event, hosted by Namila Benson (Triple R).

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$34 - $49

TAO DANCE THEATER IN ‘6’ AND ‘8’ (Dance)

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - February 24 @ 7:00 pm AEDT
Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia
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China’s most successful and globally sought-after avant-garde performance company returns to transfix Melbourne with its explorations of the human form.   Acclaimed choreographer Tao Ye's TAO Dance Theater was a sellout hit at last year's Supersense festival at Arts Centre Melbourne. Now this fascinating maverick is back with a double-bill: the fast-paced 6, which featured in last year’s Paris Men's Fashion Week, and the sensuous and lyrical 8. The two works bookend Tao Ye’s ‘Straight Line Trilogy’, in which dancers maintain precisely the same distance from one another, and which deploy repetition and variation to explore the invisible forces that bind us all. Through his work’s persistent focus on pure movement, Tao Ye has come to reveal the body in motion as the most meaningful expression of what it means to be human today. The incessant motion of both works is choreographed to an intimate score from Chinese indie-folk-rock composer…

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$36 - $40

ATTRACTOR at XO STATE (Music / Performance)

February 22 @ 7:30 pm - February 26 @ 7:30 pm AEDT
Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia
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Indonesia’s tour-de-force music duo Senyawa along with Melbourne's choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australia’s leading dance companies, Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc. Together they take you on a trance-noise odyssey that transcends all borders, a unique ecstatic music/dance ritual for non-believers.   Senyawa’s performance reinterprets the Javanese tradition of entering trance through dance and music as a powerful secular present-day form. Their sound borrows from the metal bands they listened to as teenagers – Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden – and Indonesian ritual and folk idioms. Their music and performance is influenced by forces in nature to take the audience into a transformative state outside of organised belief systems. As the performance unfolds, Senyawa’s unique fusion of hand-made electrified stringed instruments with opera style and heavy metal voice slowly builds to a euphoric pitch. The exceptional dancers are propelled into wild physical abandonment…

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$25.50 - $30

JAMBINAI at XO STATE (Music)

February 22 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEDT
Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia
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South Korean trio, Jambinai, sound less like a band than a force of nature, fusing the full dramatic range of post-rock dynamics to Korean folk roots to create an exhilarating, vivid and unique fusion.   Jambinai have shocked Korean audiences unused to the kind of intensity and adventurism that the trio have made their own. Yet Différance won Best Crossover Album at the 2013 Korean Music Awards (they were also nominated for Best Jazz & Crossover Performance), which the band used as a springboard for several overseas tours, as a quintet with Jihoon Ok (bass) and Jae Hyuk Choi (drums). Music this rousing and beautiful, rising and subsiding in epic fashion, will doubtless trigger a flood of intense or even apocalyptic images. Yet Jambinai also represent a positive force, resisting the old ways and reinventing the future. Come join their thrilling adventure.   Patron Advice: 18+ only.

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$5 - $10

Cybec Electric 2017

February 23 @ 4:30 pm - February 25 @ 7:30 pm AEDT
Southbank Theatre, The Lawler,
140 Southbank Boulevard
Melbourne, Victoria 3006 Australia
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Cybec Electric, as part of Asia TOPA, is a series of readings of eight new works from Asian-Australian playwrights.   Cybec Electric, MTC's annual play reading series, has this year expanded to include the work of nine playwrights: Kim Ho, Hiroki Kobayashi, Jeremy Nguyen and Alan Nguyen, Hoa Pham, Natesha Somasundaram, Arun Subramaniam, Jean Tong and Chi Vu.   Dynamic, new and always insightful, Cybec Electric offers a fresh view of ourselves, our city, country and region, through the dazzling imaginations of some of Melbourne’s most thrilling emerging playwrights. From political assassination to crowded trains, from a small Mallee town to angry mermaids, come join us to enjoy originality, wit and great insight.

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Free

Provocations: No One Way To Be Asian In Australia

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
Northcote High School,
19–25 St Georges Rd, Northcote
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  Featuring Rebecca Lim, Alice Pung and Leanne Hall, ‘No One Way to be Asian in Australia’ will address the need for diversity rather than tokenism if we are to truly understand the experiences of those around us. Each of the writers brings a unique perspective to the discussion, pushing back against the idea that there is only one authentic Asian Australian story, and demonstrating the importance of listening to and embracing a wide range of voices. The panel will be recorded and made available on the Stella Podcast. RSVP via trybooking.

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Provocations: No One Way To Be Asian In Australia

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
Northcote High School,
19–25 St Georges Rd
Northcote, Australia
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Provocations: No One Way To Be Asian In Australia, presented by The Stella Prize.   What is the danger in presenting a single story of a culture or group of people? How can we push back against cultural stereotypes and generalisations of what it means to grow up Asian in Australia? Featuring Rebecca Lim, Alice Pung and Leanne Hall, ‘No One Way to be Asian in Australia’ will address the need for diversity rather than tokenism if we are to truly understand the experiences of those around us. Each of the writers brings a unique perspective to the discussion, pushing back against the idea that there is only one authentic Asian Australian story, and demonstrating the importance of listening to and embracing a wide range of voices. The panel will be recorded and made available on the Stella Podcast, and the theme will be further explored in a series of guests…

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$25 - $35

Pearl River Delta Dance (Super Cell Festival of Contemporary Dance)

February 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:40 pm AEST
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Pearl River Delta Dance A Delta Moves project. Delta Moves is a confluence of contemporary dance at the pan-Pearl River Delta region. Supported by: 2016 Major Cultural Exchange Projects with Hong Kong and Macau and 2016 China Friendship Association of Cultural Circles Supported Key Projects. Macau Cultural Affairs Bureau, Guangdong Province Department of Culture   Point One (excerpt) guangdong modern dance company | CHINA Point One was a full-length work created by Li Pian Pian and Tan Yuan Bo, two of the most promising up and coming choreographers in China, on an ensemble of fourteen dancers. This iteration of the work was the result of an ongoing research of the couple choreographers’ approach to dance expressions, which are rid of formal precepts and true to the essence of human nature. Virtuous and poetic, highly fluid and dynamic, this piece presents a unique perspective with focused and dynamic movement language. Choreography Li…

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$25.50 - $30

ARISTOPHANES at XO STATE (Music)

February 23 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEDT
Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia
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Aristophanes is a Taipei based artist, whose striking verbal wordplay, poetry, and forward thinking delivery has seen her rise to be at the very forefront of the new sounds emerging of the new Taiwan.   Fusing elements of Hip-Hop, Slam Poetry, Jazz, Soul and Electronica, her music has been featured by international press including The Fader, Rolling Stone, VICE, and has received radio play on Zane Lowe's show on Beats 1, BBC Radio 1, KCRW, and Triple J. Her collaboration track with Grimes "SCREAM" featured on many critics choice LP album of the year for 2015, Art Angels, released on seminal UK indie label 4AD. Aristophanes has performed at international music festivals including Coachella—becoming the first Taiwanese artist to do so—SXSW, and Laneway. Aristophanes is currently working on her debut LP, inspired by the timeless Stanley Kubrick directed Sci-fi, 2001 : A Space Odyssey, with production from Will Butler of…

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$25.50 - $30

REBEL MUSIK at XO STATE (Music / Performance)

February 24 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEDT
Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia
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For renowned Papuan Producer / Percussionist / Activist – Airileke, music is his weapon. Rebel Musik sees Airileke bring rising stars from Port Moresby’s urban music scene, traditional dancers from the highlands of PNG, along with Australian and West Papuan artists from Airi’s back catalogue of collaborators including members of Grrilla Step, Twin Tribe, Paluai Sook Sook, Drum Drum and Rize of the Morning Star. Together they present Rebel Musik – urgent, political, in-your-face musik from one of the harshest urban environments on the planet.   The show is a new flip on log drumming of the Manus islands, heavy Krump meets traditional Sing Sing, Sound Scapes that take you deep into the jungle and back. Hauntingly beautiful Kwakumba flutes evoke the Birds of Paradise and new forms of Urban dance from West Papua and PNG. The strength & importance of the Kundu / Tifa (drum) takes it’s integral place…

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$36 - $40

PARVATHY BAUL at XO STATE (Music / Performance)

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEDT
Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia
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Breathtaking master singer, instrumentalist, painter and storyteller Parvathy Baul is one of the leading exponents of Baul sung poetry, the stunning ancient vocal tradition of the Baul mystic bards of Bengal.   Celebrating the lineage of the great Sufis and mystics, Parvathy Baul returns to Melbourne for one durational performance accompanied by master musicians and storytellers from the ancient Bengal traditions of Baul, Fakir and Alpana. Ancient Indian practices and living traditions reveal the devotional forms of spiritual transcendence through dance, design, music and sung poetry including the sacred art of Alpana – slowly revealing mesmerising traditional patterns.   And the quote from Supersense is still great: “Her clear, soaring voice seems otherworldly and divinely inspired.”(VANCOUVER OBSERVER)

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$20 - $25

TAKAO KAWAGUCHI: ABOUT KAZUO OHNO (Dance)

February 25 @ 8:00 pm - February 26 @ 6:00 pm AEDT
Dancehouse,
150 Princes St, Carlton North
Melbourne, Victoria 3054 Australia
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Takao Kawaguchi, reconsiders authorship and artistic freedom by recreating the movements of legendary Butoh dancer, Kazuo Ohno.   Takao Kawaguchi’s performance, About Kazuo Ohno, caused a great deal of controversy when it premiered in Tokyo in 2013. Using video recordings of the premiere performances of butoh master Kazuo Ohnoʼs early masterpieces including Admiring La Argentina (1977), My Mother (1981), and Dead Sea, Ghost, Wienerwaltz (1985), Kawaguchi attempts to replicate Ohno’s movements. Ohnoʼs dance is often characterised as being largely improvisational and unique in his distinctive bodily features and movements, which were essential to his ‘dance of soul.’ In an attempt to copy his dance, Kawaguchi’s inevitable divergences come to reveal the distinction between the original and the copy, which in turn reveal the unavoidable interpretive agency of the copier. The copy becomes original. In copying recordings that are themselves copies—or perhaps even copies of copies, Kawaguchi works in direct violation of Ohno’s methodology, which stated that, “if there is the…

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$25.50 - $30

PARADISE BANGKOK MOLAM INTERNATIONAL BAND at XO STATE (Music)

February 26 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEDT
Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia
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The concept of Paradise Bangkok was born out of looking for records.   Back in 2009 DJs Maft Sai and Chris Menist pooled together their collection of obscure Reggae, African, Jazz and Thai vinyl to put on the very first Paradise Bangkok party. Thai luk thung and molam, both popular, rural music styles were spun alongside Mulatu, Augustus Pablo, R.D. Burnam and Fela Kuti, and the duo ended up playing in Japan, Vietnam, Germany, London, Switzerland, Austria and France. They also co-compiled the two volumes of Sound of Siam for Soundway, as well as Thai? Dai! for Finders Keepers. The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band came out of these sessions and they made their live debut in the Thai capital in 2012. Drawn from different music scenes in Bangkok, the band consists of Kammao Perdtanon on phin (Thai lute), Sawai Kaewsombat on khaen, a type of bamboo harmonica, Piyanart Jotikasthira on bass,…

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March 2017
$41.65 - $49

Dancing with Death (Asia TOPA)

March 2 @ 8:00 pm - March 4 @ 8:00 pm AEDT
Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia
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The line between life and death is joyously erased in a physical work of rare intensity.   Award-winning Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun leads you into a space between life and death, where the material and immaterial meet, and where body and spirit exist in a state of kinetic freedom.   When Klunchun first visited the Phi Ta Khon ghost festival, he found a place where the living and the dead mingled and death was not to be feared but celebrated. Through vibrant and colourful costumes and masks – and dance that is free, fluid and organic – fertility and mortality were woven together to joyfully honour both.   Inspired, Klunchun went on to invent a new physical language marrying the improvisational and intuitive nature of folk expression with his contemporary choreographic system based on classical Thai dance.   Step onto the State Theatre stage for an up-close experience that's out of this…

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$30 - $40

The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang)

March 8 - March 11
Gorman Arts Centre,
C Block Theatre
Canberra, Australia
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The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang) traces the story of Ikan, an Indonesian boy who goes fishing one day and fails to return. Fearing the worst, his family hires a famed seafarer to track him down – he finds nothing. Combining Indonesian puppetry, music and digital projection, The Age of Bones follows Ikan’s fantastical story from Indonesia to his eventual imprisonment ‘down under’ and his fight to get home to his family. A heartfelt and darkly funny tale inspired by the real-life stories of 60 Indonesian boys imprisoned in Australia for working on refugee boats. A biting and magical satire set deep beneath the sea! A Satu Bulan/ Teater Satu/ Performing Lines Co-Production. Presented in Canberra by Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. VENUE: Gorman Arts Centre : C Block Theatre, Canberra COST: $40 adult| $35 concession or group 4+| $30 student or under 30 | Family (2 adults + 2…

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$30 - $38

CRY JAILOLO (Brisbane SuperCell Festival of Contemporary Dance)

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
The Tivoli Theatre,
52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Brisbane, Australia
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  Fresh from a string of dates at Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival, OZAsia Festival, AsiaTOPA and multiple European cities, Cry Jailolo is set to ignite the The Tivoli stage in a sign of exciting things to come for the venue, Supercell Dance Festival and Brisbane's thriving arts scene. “an exquisite fusion of traditional dance with a contemporary choreographic sensibility... intensely satisfying” - THE ADVERTISER Driven by the relentless rhythms of the ocean and the life that teems within, Cry Jailolo is an hour of constant motion in a shimmering halo of hope. The remote Indonesian town of Jailolo is home to some of the world's most spectacular coral seascapes, and choreographer Eko Supriyanto spent two years diving with 350 local youths to understand their relationship with this ancient ecology. He surfaced profoundly affected by the bond these young men share with their underwater environment, and together they began to build…

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$25 - $35

Take a chance on contemporary dance at Arts House (14 – 26 Mar 2017)

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - March 26 @ 10:00 pm AEDT
Arts House,
521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
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Arts House will blow the lid off contemporary dance with ten extraordinary works presented by over 50 artists as part of Dance Massive 2017. During March, these ten dance works will have audiences drifting, flocking, skating, bending and lying down in awe of contemporary dance. 14 – 18 Mar 2017 Nick Power – Between Tiny Cities (Arts House) 14 – 18 Mar 2017 Victoria Hunt – Tangi Wai … the cry of water (Meat Market) 14 – 18 Mar 2017  Shian Law – Vanishing Point (Meat Market) 16 – 26 Mar 2017 Lucy Guerin Inc – Split (Arts House) 17 – 19 Mar 2017 Lz Dunne – Aeon (Royal Park) 20 Mar 2017 James Batchelor – Deepspace (Meat Market) 21 – 25 Mar 2017 Nat Curiso – Tiny Slopes (Meat Market) 22 – 26 Mar 2017 Mariaa Randall – Divercity (Arts House) 22 – 26 Mar 2017 Rebecca Jensen – Deep Sea Dances (Meat Market) 24 – 26 Mar 2017 The Farm – Cockfight (Meat Market)

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$120

Women of the World: Some Women’s Work

March 23 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm AEDT
Footscray Community Arts Centre,
45 Moreland St
Footscray, Victoria Australia
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  In partnership with Footscray Community Arts Centre's Women of the World Festival, Peril is proud to host a bang-on panel to discuss the nature of "women's work": Why is it a woman’s work never done? This panel will examine different understandings of labour in a range of ‘feminised’ sectors, in both global and local contexts, including understandings of work often rendered invisible, stigmatised or poorly valued. Chaired by Eleanor Jackson, and featuring writer and CEO of the Social Studio, Eugenia Flynn, poet and activist, Sadaf Saaz, and lawyer and author Priya Srinivasan. As this event is part of a ticketed festival, we advise that you investigate further on FCAC's website. Tickets are available in the form of day passes from $120.

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