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* Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts *
In its second iteration, Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts returns to celebrate the creative imagination of artists and cultures in the Asia-Pacific region. This stunning and multi-art form collection of works over the three-month long festival explores the connections between contemporary Australia and its growing diaspora. The 2020 program is focused on new work creation alongside presentations of iconic and legendary artists and reflects the contemporary imagination and lived experience of artists from the entire Asia-Pacific region. Australian artists, groups and companies have made connections across the region to present collaborations and intercultural works spanning music, dance, theatre, contemporary performance, film, digital, visual art, public talks and more. Fourteen Asia TOPA Consortium partners and more than 20 Victorian Program Partners have committed to simultaneously program and present contemporary Asian arts and culture across the festival. Their shared vision is to create a change in the Australian performing arts sector and play a critical role in shifting the conservative model of programming on all major stages, both locally and nationally. We look forward to welcoming you to Asia TOPA to experience the best in Asian performing arts. Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of Arts Centre Melbourne and the Sidney Myer Fund and is supported by the Australian and Victorian governments. See below for the top shows to see at Asia TOPA 2020..
Asia TOPA 2020Turning Points: Contemporary Photography From China VISUAL & DIGITAL UNTIL 27 JANUARY Turning Points: Contemporary Photography From China NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA VISUAL & DIGITAL 15 NOVEMBER - 19 APRIL Shirin Neshat: Dreamers NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA PUBLIC PROGRAM & FREE 10 DECEMBER 2019 - 20 MARCH 2020 The Southbank Dawn Raga ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE MAIN LAWN MUSIC 23 - 24 JANUARY Chi Udaka MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE VISUAL & DIGITAL 30 JANUARY - 5 MARCH Akio Suzuki THE SUBSTATION MUSIC 31 JANUARY MSO's Chinese New Year Concert ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE INDUSTRY EVENT 2020 Blak LAB THEATRE 8 FEBRUARY - 21 MARCH Torch The Place ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE INSTALLATION 8 FEBRUARY - 22 MARCH Knowledge in your hands, eyes and mind ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE MUSIC 14 - 16 FEBRUARY Woven Song Australian Launch AUSTRALIAN TAPESTRY WORKSHOP DANCE 14 - 15 FEB Matou DANCEHOUSE THEATRE 19 - 22 FEBRUARY Double Delicious GEELONG ARTS CENTRE INSTALLATION 20 FEBRUARY - 6 MARCH Biometric Mirror: Performance Under Surveillance THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE INSTALLATION 20 FEBRUARY - 1 MARCH When It Rains (I feel like eating Jeon) ABBOTSFORD CONVENT DANCE 20 - 29 FEBRUARY The Seen and Unseen MARTYN MYER ARENA, VCA INSTALLATION 20 FEBRUARY - 1 MARCH HuRU-hARa ABBOTSFORD CONVENT MUSIC 20 - 23 FEBRUARY Praise! BRUNSWICK MECHANICS INSTITUTE VISUAL & DIGITAL 20 - 29 FEBRUARY What is Chinese? ARTS HOUSE MUSIC 21 FEBRUARY Park Jiha IMMIGRATION MUSEUM THEATRE 21 - 29 FEBRUARY BLACK TIES ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE MUSIC 21 - 22 FEBRUARY The Planet - A Lament ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE DANCE 21 - 22 FEBRUARY Pollen Revolution DANCEHOUSE CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE 21 - 24 FEBRUARY What Happened in Shanghai NORTH MAGDALEN LAUNDRY, ABBOTSFORD CONVENT MUSIC 23 FEBRUARY Meeting Points Series: Hand to Earth ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE INDUSTRY EVENT 24 - 28 FEBRUARY APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA VARIOUS PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCE 24 - 28 FEBRUARY Chinese Square Dancers MELBOURNE MUSEUM DANCE 24 - 27 FEBRUARY Metal ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE MUSIC 26 FEBRUARY Joe Hisaishi in Concert ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE THEATRE 26 - 29 FEBRUARY Are You Ready To Take The Law Into Your Own Hands ARTS HOUSE THEATRE 27 - 29 FEBRUARY Made in China 2.0 MALTHOUSE THEATRE CIRCUS 27 - 29 FEBRUARY A O Lang Pho ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE THEATRE 27 FEBRUARY - 1 MARCH Double Delicious ABBOTSFORD CONVENT THEATRE 27 FEB - 1 MAR Hades Fading (Hades Memudar) LA MAMA THEATRE MUSIC 27 FEBRUARY Ryoji Ikeda - datamatics [ver. 2.0] and NONOTAK - Shiro ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE FAMILIES 28 FEBRUARY - 1 MARCH Obang ARTPLAY DANCE 28 - 29 FEBRUARY SVA Kranti: The Revolution Within FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE MUSIC 28 FEBRUARY Mythologies SIGNAL MUSIC 28 FEBRUARY Dragon Ladies Don't Weep ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE VISUAL & DIGITAL 28 FEBRUARY - 4 OCTOBER Japanese Modernism NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA THEATRE 29 FEBRUARY Folding Beijing MALTHOUSE THEATRE MUSIC 29 FEBRUARY Abida Parveen ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE MUSIC 29 FEBRUARY Boris with Merzbow ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE 4 - 7 MARCH The Mysterious Lai Teck MARTYN MYER ARENA, VCA THEATRE 4 - 8 MARCH The Winter's Tale LA MAMA THEATRE DANCE 5 - 7 MARCH Samsara ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCE 6 - 8 MAR Fermenting: Listen CASTLEMAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS TEA ROOMS DANCE 7 & 8 MARCH Good Luck TEMPERANCE HALL DANCE 10 - 11 MARCH 2020 Not Today's Yesterday THE ENGINE ROOM, BENDIGO THEATRE 12 - 15 MARCH SAIGON ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE 12 - 15 MARCH Virtual Intimacy MARTYN MYER ARENA, VCA DANCE 12 - 13 MARCH Not Today's Yesterday SHIRLEY BURKE THEATRE, PARKDALE VISUAL & DIGITAL 12 MARCH Lovebomb - Terre Thaemlitz THE SUBSTATION VISUAL & DIGITAL 13 MARCH Soulnessless; Cantos I-IV - Terre Thaemlitz THE SUBSTATION MUSIC EVENT POSTPONED ASIA POP FEST ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE THEATRE 18 - 28 MARCH Oedipus Schmoedipus UNION HOUSE THEATRE MUSIC 21 MARCH Nocturnal x Asia TOPA MELBOURNE MUSEUM MUSIC 26 MARCH Alex Wang MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE MUSIC 27 MARCH Howie Lee MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE DANCE 27 & 28 MARCH Ibu-Ibu Belu DANCEHOUSE FOUNDATION PARTNERS
VenuesAbbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford (03) 9415 3600 ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Behind Federation Square, Melbourne (03) 9658 7880 Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004 1300 182 183 Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne (03) 9322 3720 Australian Centre Contemporary Art (ACCA), 111 Sturt St, Southbank (03) 9697 9999 Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park St, South Melbourne (03) 9699 7885 Brunswick Mechanics Institute, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick (03) 9387 3376 Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Tea Rooms 2 Walker Street, Castlemaine Castlemaine Goods Shed, 11 Kennedy Street, Castlemaine 03 5472 3733 Chunky Move, 111 Sturt St, Southbank Dancehouse, 150 Princes St, Carlton North (03) 9347 2860 Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), 45 Moreland St, Footscray (03) 9362 8888 Geelong Performing Arts Centre 50 Little Malop Street, Geelong 3220 (03) 5225 1200 Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne 13 11 02 La Mama Theatre, 349 Drummond St, Carlton (03) 9347 6948 Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank Melbourne (03) 9685 5111 Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton (03) 8341 7777 Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St, Southbank (03) 9699 3333 MPavilion, St Kilda Road NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne (03) 8620 2222 NExT Lab Melbourne School of Design, Glyn Davis Building (MSD) Masson Road, Parkville 03 9035 9897 NICA 39 - 59 Green Street, Prahran Shirley Burke Theatre 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale VIC 3195 (03) 9580 4998 Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Kings Domain Gardens, Linlithgow Ave, Melbourne VIC 3000 1300 182 183 SIGNAL, Flinders Walk, Northbank, Melbourne (03) 9658 7808 Temperance Hall, 199 Napier Street, South Melbourne (03) 9645 9937 The Engine Room, Bendigo 58 View St, Bendigo VIC 3550 (03) 5434 6100 The SUBSTATION, 1 Market St, Newport (03) 9391 1110 Union House Theatre, University of Melbourne, Parkville (03) 8344 6975 Martyn Myer Arena, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), The University of Melbourne 13 63 52 The top shows to see at Asia TOPA 2020 The second Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts is coming to Melbourne for the summer, offering an insight into the enormous variety, creativity and innovation of the arts in the Asia-Pacific region. Asia TOPA runs from January to March 2020 and includes an incredible array of bigger and more provocative works than ever. Make sure you add these 12 highlights to your bucket list.
The top shows to see at Asia TOPA 20201 Theatre, Circuses A O Lang Pho Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank Feb 27 2020-Feb 29 2020 By now, you probably think you've seen all circus has to offer, right? But have you ever seen a culturally adventurous, genre-defying narrative performance work that melds circus with contemporary dance and visual theatre from Vietnam? We thought not. 2 Theatre Black Ties Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank Feb 21 2020-Feb 29 2020 This new show, to be staged in Arts Centre Melbourne's event venue, is all about the coming together of First Nations cultures and communities, which is why leading Australian and New Zealand First Nations theatre companies have teamed up. It follows the nuptials of Māori woman Hera and Aboriginal man Kane, who lock eyes at a cultural awareness session and fall deeply in love 3 Dance Samsara Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank Mar 5 2020-Mar 7 2020 Geography aside, China and India might seem to be world's apart. But in this new dance piece, those worlds come together in unexpectedly harmonious ways. Performed by Chinese dancer Hu Shenyuan and British-born Indian dancer Aakash Odedra, Samsara is inspired by the 16th century Chinese classic Journey to the West. 4 Music Music from the Studio Ghibli Films Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne Feb 29 2020 There are a lot of movie screenings in Melbourne with live symphonic accompaniment - Harry Potter, Star Wars, Love Actually, 2001: A Space Odyssey - but this is the one most likely to draw tears and wrap audiences up in a nostalgic blanket of Japanophilia. Legendary composer-conductor Joe Hisaishi, who composed the music to all the great films of Hayao Miyazaki, is coming to Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl. 5 Theatre Saigon Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank Mar 12 2020-Mar 15 2020 In 2017, director Caroline Guiela Nguyen's gorgeous play about a family between Vietnam and France quickly became the hit of the prestigious Avignon Festival. So why did this particular show rise to the top of one of the world's biggest celebrations of live theatre? Spanning from Saigon in 1956 to Paris in 1996, when Vietnamese exiles started returning to their homeland, it covers an epic chapter of world history. 6 Music, Dance and electronic Ryoji Ikeda & Nonotak Hamer Hall, Southbank Feb 27 2020 Japanese visual artist and composer Ryoji Ikedia is known all across the world for making spectacular and trippy audiovisual experiences out of science and technology, and is set to continue that exploration in this double bill with Nonotak, a creative collaboration between illustrator Noemi Schipfer and architect and musician Takami Nakamoto. 7 Theatre Torch the Place Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank Feb 8 2020-Mar 21 2020 Benjamin Law, the journalist, columnist and writer behind SBS's The Family Law, is making his playwriting debut with this comedy about family and the art of letting go at Melbourne Theatre Company. It's set on the Gold Coast, where a family of siblings come together to celebrate their mother's 60th birthday and help to clean up her house. But her hoarding habits prove particularly difficult to overcome. 8 Dance Metal Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank Feb 24 2020-Feb 27 2020 A heavy metal choir from the underground Indonesian music scene makes their first appearance outside of their home country in this ambitious and boundary-pushing performance. Eight metalheads from Ensemble Tikiro will share the stage with Melbourne-based award-winning dance company Lucy Guerin Inc in the world premiere of Metal. 9 Theatre Double Delicious Multiple venues Feb 19 2020-Mar 1 2020 It might be a catch phrase of MasterChef, but it rings true outside reality TV: cooking is an expression of a person's soul, their life experiences and their culture. This show from Contemporary Asian Australian Performance is designed to demonstrate those connections, fusing storytelling and dining. 10 Theatre Are You Ready to Take the Law into Your Own Hands Arts House, North Melbourne Feb 26 2020-Feb 29 2020 What happens when the biggest popstar in the Philippines is kidnapped and the only people who can save her are her fans? Find out in this action-adventure play coming to Melbourne straight from the Philippines. It's a wild ride, taking in rooftop chases, knife fights and underwater shoot-outs, all in order to free a superstar from a conspiracy that goes to the very top of the nation. Source: The top shows to see at Asia TOPA 2020 By Ben Neutze | timeout.com Posted: Thursday December 12 2019
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