Published on March 10

ArtsEquator at Asia TOPA

The team from Southeast Asian media platform ArtsEquator was invited to Melbourne as part of a critical residency to offer insights and responses to the Asia TOPA program from a regional perspective. Read a selection of their writing below.

The Seen and Unseen

The Seen and Unseen

 

“This stage version successfully brings the quintessential elements of Bali to life through a synthesis of traditional Balinese dance and contemporary theatre.”
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Image by Claudia Dian

Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep

Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep

 

“Most superlatives would short-change Tan for her display of artistry, grace, style, eloquence, presence and physicality.”
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Image by Pia Johnson

À Ố Làng Phố

À Ố Làng Phố

 

“Whilst paying tribute to the useful properties of bamboo and its significance to Southeast Asia and its traditions, À Ố Làng Phố is undeniably contemporary.”
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Image by Nguyen The Duong

Hades Fading (Hades Memudar)

Hades Fading (Hades Memudar)

 

"This collaboration between Indonesian theatre company Mainteater and Australian collaborators including producer Kath Papas and multilingual consultant Jodee Mundy is a thinly veiled warning about man’s disconnect with the physical world."
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Muhammad Saiq

Are You Ready To Take The Law Into Your Own Hands

Are You Ready To Take The Law Into Your Own Hands

 

“Sipat Lawin and Friends staged their own fab revolution with Are You Ready To Take The Law Into Your Own Hands, blowing open the doors of the Arts House in North Melbourne and bringing a jolt of young, unbridled energy to the Asia TOPA festival. In 90 minutes, we are treated to a wickedly funny B-grade action packed meta-theatrical eleganza extravaganza.”
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Image by Sarah Walker

Metal

Metal

 

“What ensues is a constant state of exchange between the dancers and the choir; a series of high-energy tableaux sequences comprising tag team-like interactions between choir and dancers.”
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Image by Gregory Lorenzutti

Torch the Place

Torch the Place

 

“Written by acclaimed television writer Benjamin Law, the play contains the best of both of these worlds: the careful television-style framing, well-drawn characters and pure theatrecraft.”
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Image by Jeff Busby

 

The ArtsEquator Critical Residency was presented with support from National Arts Council (Singapore) and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (Singapore).

 

National Arts Council Singapore
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