An artistic exploration into post-disaster and tragedy, getting lost in translation and Chinese knots and rope– Arts House welcomes a curated program for Asia TOPA in February, 2017.
As part of the inaugural festival celebration of Asian focused arts and culture, Arts House will become the Japanese Hub for Asia TOPA. They will present works by two renowned Japanese theatre companies, chelfitsh and Hamanaka Company, that will investigate the poetic and devastating aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima earthquake.
Artist and audiences will also bind and be bound in Bunny by Daniel Kok (Singapore) and Melbourne’s Luke George.
Mesmerising, energising and utterly unpredictable, these works span the Pacific and Indian oceans to connect us to the cultural undercurrents, fractures and reverberations of contemporary Asia.
Arts House as part of Asia TOPA: 2 – 23 February
Time’s Journey Through a Room by chelfitsh
Confined to a room, the ghost of a woman, her surviving husband and his new partner are attempting to cope with the devastating effects of the 2011 Fukushima earthquake in Japan in Time’s Journey Through a Room by @chelfitsch.
chelfitsch is led by writer-director Toshiki Okada, widely regarded as one of Japan’s most significant contemporary theatre makers and innovators. In Time’s Journey Through a Room, Okada beautifully reveals the innumerable, tiny fractures buried in the shockwaves of grief, creating a mesmerising and poetic portrait of mental anguish.
Showing at @artshouse as part of @asiapacifictopa from 9 -11 February, view more details and book tickets HERE.
Kagerou – Study of Translating by 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 by Hamanaka Company is an intimate, documentary-style performance that tells her story through her own words and voice. Or so it seems.
Comparing the great distances between victim and actor, the English and Japanese language, and Fukushima and Melbourne, Hamanaka Company explore objectivity, pathos and sympathy to ask if we can feel intimacy with a tragedy that happened so far away, and what gets lost in the act of translation.
Showing at @artshouse as part of @asiapacifictopa from 15 - 18 February, view more details and book tickets HERE.