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  • 28 Feb 2020 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date : 28 Feb 20 – 4 Oct 20

    Open 10am–5pm daily

    Venue: NGV International

    Level 1, Asian Art temporary exhibitions

    Free entry

    The exhibition investigates the increasing socially liberated status of Asian women with the inclusion of major works by young female artists of the era and features rare large-scale paintings by young Japanese artists and modernist colour prints produced with the refined techniques of traditional ukiyo-e. The exhibition also features fashion of the era, including women’s and men’s kimonos and related accessories. Popular culture and interior design will be represented with beautifully crafted glassware, lacquer ware and bronze ware, as well as street posters, magazines and graphic design.

    This exhibition is the result of a focused collecting strategy to build the NGV’s holdings of visually inspiring art and design from this fascinating and little recognised era of Asian art. For more information, please click HERE

  • 23 Feb 2020 7:30 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Thursday 23 & Friday 24 January 2020 7.30pm

    Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall Melbourne Recital Centre

    Duration: 1 hour 30 mins (no interval)


    Chi Udaka is an inspirational fusion of taiko drumming and Indian classical dance. Inspired by the forces of nature, this celebratory show as part of Asia TOPA 2020 is a meeting of the deep earthiness of taiko drumming (Chi – earth) and the flowing sensuality of dance (Udaka – water).

  • 23 Feb 2020 11:30 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Please click HERE for the schedule

  • 21 Feb 2020 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Heralded as the "Nijinsky of butoh", Japan's legendary Akira Kasai brings to Melbourne his tour-de-force work Pollen Revolution.

    Akira Kasai's own son performs this riveting solo, a surreal and startling journey through time, cultures, and states of being. Kasai's striking onstage personae morph from kabuki performer to street dancer to solitary actor while his movement shifts between classical Japanese, hip-hop and the soulful otherworlds of butoh.

    Beginning with what may seem like traditional Japanese dance, this daring solo performance sees costumes fly away, madness unleashed and representations of gender probed. Pollen Revolution is a masterly work from a choreographer who is still reshaping and reinventing butoh itself.

    Date and Time: Friday 21  and Saturday 22 February 2020 8:00 pm

    Venue: Dancehouse - Sylvia Staehli Theatre 150 Princes Street, North Carlton, Victoria 3054


  • 21 Feb 2020 6:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Fri., 21 February 2020 6:00 pm – 7:25 pm

    Venue: Cinema Nova 380 Lygon Street Carlton

    Although Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. In the exhibition on which this film is based – VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why Van Gogh envied Japan.

    In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels to Japan, France and the Netherlands to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today. 

    FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/728571621003296

    Tickets: https://vgj3.eventbrite.com.au

  • 19 Feb 2020 7:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon


    The Brandon Lee Koto Ensemble will be teaming up with the amazing sumi-e artist, Junko Azukawa in this rare concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

    As the ensemble present a wide range of works, ranging from traditional to modern pieces, Junko will perform a series of live sumi-e painting.

  • 14 Feb 2020 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    In Japanese, the word 'matou' encompasses several direct meanings: to wear, put on, tangle and roll up. But used figuratively, 'matou' also describes the moment your life flashes before your eyes in a near-death experience. It sounds like 'willing to wait' in Japanese, while 'tsuki-matou' means 'to haunt'.

    In Ruri Mito's solo performance of the same name, she explores the body as a mysterious, haunted vessel, unable to be understood or seen in its entirety as cells continuously die and regenerate. By placing her own body under the microscope, Mito explores the curious invisible fabrics of the human body.

    Date and Time: Friday 14 and Saturday 15 February 8:00 pm-

    Venue: Dancehouse, Sylvia Staehli Theatre

    Duration: 40 mins


  • 08 Feb 2020 7:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time: Saturday 8 February 2020 7pm

    Venue: Primrose Potter Salon at Melbourne Recital Centre

    Duration: 2 hours (incl. interval)

    TICKETS:Standard $64.50 ($54.50 Concession)

    Anime and classical music lovers – this evening is for you.

    Celebrate some of the most iconic music from the films of STUDIO GHIBLI – played in the style of Chopin by Australia’s quirkiest pop culture pianist in this brand new solo concert tour.

    Natalya is a classically trained performer who brought you Worlds Connected: Music from Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts in 2018. This virtuosic program will feature some exciting arrangements that distill the essence of Chopin into his instantly recognizable Nocturnes, Waltzes and Etudes, and cleverly infuse the melancholic themes from the iconic Ghibli films such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and many more. The result is a truly unique blend of Chopin’s Romantic classical style with Hisaishi’s sentimental motifs and unusual harmonies. For more information, please click HERE

  • 02 Feb 2020 10:00 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Venue: Immigration Museum 400 Flinders Street Melbourne

    Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks

    This groundbreaking photographic exhibition by Kip Fulbeck and Takahiro Kitamura explores the rich history of traditional Japanese tattoo culture and its influence on modern tattoo practice.

    Although tattooing is largely seen as an underground activity in Japan, it has persevered and is now internationally renowned for its artistry, lineage, historic symbolism and the skill of its practitioners.

    Perseverance features the work of seven highly acclaimed tattoo artists—Horitaka, Horitomo, Horishiki, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken—and a host of other modern tattoo experts. The exhibition includes life-sized photographs of full body tattoos, interactive elements, and more.

    The travelling version of Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World is organised by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, toured internationally by Flying Fish and is supported, in part, by Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman.

  • 31 Jan 2020 8:00 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Date and Time:  Fri., 31 January 2020 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Venue: The SUBSTATION 1 Market Street Newport, VIC 3015


    Since 1963, celebrated Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki has been creating aural events which have challenged and influenced countless artists in his wake. His guiding principles are those of ‘throwing’ and ‘following’ – from his earliest work in which he literally threw objects down Nagoya railway station’s stairs (and was subsequently dragged away by staff) to sophisticated, extended sessions in which echoes, resonance and the accidental gather to produce profound soundscapes. Suzuki's compositions are at once playfully irreverent and deeply meditative, provoking his listeners to reconsider their relationships with space and time. For Asia TOPA 2020, The SUBSTATION hosts a retrospective exhibition of work from across his vast career, as well as a series of performances, including his lauded duet work with fellow Japanese sound artist Aki Onda.

    Akio Suzuki is part of the SUBSONIC program curated for Asia TOPA by The SUBSTATION.

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