AsiaTOPA Takeover

  • 2020-02-19 12:30 pm 2020-02-19 1:30 pm Australia/Melbourne AsiaTOPA Takeover MPavilion MPAVILION



Akira Kasai, Pollen Revolution (Dancehouse Feb 21-22). Photo by Daido Hiroyasu

The Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts—or AsiaTOPA—settles into MPavilion for an action-packed month-long residency from Wednesday 19 February to Sunday 15 March. Each day of the residency, talented and multidisciplinary guests from AsiaTOPA’s international roster of artists will give a lunchtime performance at MPavilion, from 12.30–1.30pm. We’ll be announcing each day’s artists and guests shortly, so watch this space!

AsiaTOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne with support from the Australian and Victorian governments.With major seed funding from the Sidney Myer Fund, Arts Centre Melbourne has initiated a landmark collaboration with Melbourne’s community of culture makers and national arts leaders to introduce powerful new voices from Asia to our stages. AsiaTOPA takes place from January to March 2020.


Wednesday, 19 February, 12.30­–1.30pm: Benjamin Law on Torch the Place
In partnership with Melbourne Theater Company

Talk with Benjamin Law in relation to Torch the Place, focusing on the representation of Asian-Australian characters on stage.

Friday, 21 February 12.30­–1.30pm: Kamila Andini and Adena Jacobs in Conversation
In partnership with Performing Lines

Talk with director Kamila Andini and dramaturg Adena Jacobs on the intercultural artistic collaboration for The Seen and Unseen Theatre/Dance production.

Saturday, 22 February, 12.30­–1.30pm: Meeting Points
In partnership with Australia Art Orchestra

Talk and showing featuring the Hand to Earth Trio with Daniel Wilfred and Sunny Kim.

Sunday, 23 February, 12.30­–1.30pm: Bumi Bajra Komunitas from Seen and Unseen
In partnership with Performing Lines

Interactive exploration of the processes of the young Balinese performers of Bumi Bajra, featured in The Seen and Unseen.

Thursday, 27 February, 12.30­–1.30pm: Under the Volcano 

Talk and demonstrations in relation to Metal featuring Ensemble Tikoro and Lucy Guerin Inc.

Saturday, 29 February, 12.30­–1.30pm: Staging Sites

The all-female artist cast of Staging Sites share their work on a new project tracking the travel of birds throughout the Asia-Pacific.

Friday, 6 March, 12.30­–1.30pm: BYO Lunch Conversations

Bring your lunch and your curiosity in this picnic conversation. Facilitated by Singapore-born artist Jamie Lewis, and joined by table hosts from a range of artistic, cultural and professional backgrounds, prod at the boundaries of the multiplicity of the ‘Asian-Australian’ narrative.

Sunday, 15 March, 12.30 – 1.30pm: Virtually Intimate

Artist talk with Yen Chou, Artistic Director of VM Studio + Very Theatre (狠主流 & 狠劇場) and Edwin Kemp Attrill, Artistic Director of ActNow Theatre about merging their artistic practices for Virtual Intimacy.

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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.