Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts

Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing ArtsAsia 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 2020


Turning 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

Venues


Abbotsford 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 2020


1
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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