Asia TOPA Takeover: On Contemporaneity

  • 2020-03-05 12:30 pm 2020-03-05 1:30 pm Australia/Melbourne Asia TOPA Takeover: On Contemporaneity MPavilion MPAVILION



Image by Arun Munoz

There is a sense in which every artwork is contemporary, emerging according to its moment or time of creation. Yet, the concept of the contemporary in dance is more loaded than that. It can be argued that the very concept of time – which produces a notion of the contemporary – is a colonial concept, formed in the west and imposed on non-western cultures which embody very different conceptions of time. In the case of dance, this manifests in terms of a hierarchy, which privileges so-called contemporary forms (modern, postmodern, experimental) over other art forms (traditional or premodern), which are thought to belong to the past. How might we rethink narrow western centric understandings of art by opening up to more than one sense of time and temporality in art? Perhaps a vertical, hierarchical conception of time is thereby opened to a wider plurality of conceptions – leading to the idea that contemporary performance can and does draw from different traditions.

Maria Randall and Yumi Umiumare will discuss, in conversation with Dr. Priya Srinivasan and Dr. Philipa Rothfield.

In partnership with Dancehouse.

The Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts—or Asia TOPA—settles into MPavilion for an action-packed month-long residency from Thursday 20 February to Sunday 15 March. Each day of the residency, talented and multidisciplinary guests from Asia TOPA’s international roster of artists will give a lunchtime performance at MPavilion, from 12.30–1.30pm.

In collaboration with

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.