Asia TOPA 2017

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Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts.
13 February – 6 March 2017

Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts is an artistic celebration of our relationship with contemporary Asia. Vital, fresh and always unpredictable, Asia TOPA offers a city-wide window onto the creative imaginations fuelling the many cultures of our region.

Cultural engagement is key to expressing who we are, where we’ve come from, and how we connect with each other across the Asia-Pacific region. The dazzling array of artists featured in Asia TOPA will provide new ways of understanding the deep connections that run between us all.

This unprecedented program is brought together by some of Victoria’s top cultural institutions including:

  • Arts Centre Melbourne
  • Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
  • Chunky Move
  • Federation Square
  • Malthouse Theatre
  • Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC)
  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO)
  • Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC)
  • Museum Victoria
  • National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
  • State Library Victoria (SLV)
  • The Australian Ballet (TAB)
  • Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)

The inaugural event also engages a host of international and national collaborators and Program Partners. Local Partners include: City of Melbourne, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, Arts House, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Bluebottle, Tipping Point, Dancehouse, Ilbijerri, Chamber Made, Performing Lines, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Asialink, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, University of Melbourne, Deakin University, Polyglot and MPavilion, among others.

Asia TOPA will bridge diverse artforms including performance, visual, screen and literary arts. If English is not your first language there are a multitude of non-verbal works for you to consider. Tickets can be purchased online or by visiting the box office of participating venues.

Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Victorian Government

Image credit: Garin Nugroho’s Satan Jawa
Photo by: Erik Wirasakti

  • Cafe Vic by Jerry Mai
    14 Feb 2017 - 5 Mar 2017 Cafe Vic by Jerry Mai

    Pho Nom’s Jerry Mai is taking over Arts Centre Melbourne’s much loved Café Vic during Asia TOPA. Transforming the venue into a classic Vietnamese eatery, serving

  • The Red Detachment of Women
    15 Feb 2017 - 18 Feb 2017 The Red Detachment of Women

    For the first time in Australia, the National Ballet of China performs one of the twentieth century's most striking cultural icons. One of the great ballet companies of the world, National Ballet of

  • One Beautiful Thing
    16 Feb 2017 - 19 Feb 2017 One Beautiful Thing by Circa

    Australia's leading circus artists join forces with India's most astonishing physical performers in a collaboration that takes your breath away.

  • The Music of AR Rahman
    16 February 2017 The Music of AR Rahman

    This sumptuous evening sees the MSO interpret his signature soundtracks

  • Members Dining Room by Victor Liong
    17 Feb 2017 - 5 Mar 2017 Members Dining Room by Victor Liong

    Arts Centre’s exclusive Members’ Dining Room will transform into a modern Chinese banquet house where diners will be treated to a set menu curated by Victor Liong of Lee Ho

  • The Barre by David Moyle

    Join us for a selection of Thai street food by Chef David Moyle in The Barre and The Barre Backyard, a precursor of what’s to come from Moyle’s soon-to-open

  • Attractor at XO State
    22 Feb 2017 - 26 Feb 2017 Attractor at XO State

    Indonesia’s tour-de-force music duo Senyawa along with Melbourne's choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australia’s leading dance companies,

  • Jambinai at XO State
    22 February 2017 Jambinai at XO State

    South Korean trio, Jambinai, sound less like a band than a force of nature, fusing the full dramatic range of post-rock dynamics to Korean folk roots to create an exhilarating, vivid and unique fusion

  • Tap Dance Theater
    22 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017 Tao Dance Theater in '6' and '8'

    China’s most successful and globally sought-after avant-garde performance company returns to transfix Melbourne with its explorations of the human form. Acclaimed choreographer Tao

  • Aristophanes at XO State
    23 February 2017 Aristophanes at XO State

    Aristophanes is a Taipei based artist, whose striking verbal wordplay, poetry, and forward thinking delivery has seen her rise to be at the very forefront of the new sounds emerging of the new Taiwan.

  • Macho Dancer
    23 Feb 2017 - 25 Feb 2017 Macho Dancer at XO State

    Deep in the heart of Asia TOPA is a performance club called XO State: an ephemeral sanctuary of constant change that might just change you in return. The DUSK program at XO State on Thursday and

  • Water Futures
    23 February 2017 Water Futures

    Water is as critical to life as air. It’s what we share, mostly what we are, what we pollute, and what we revere. Water Futures is an international, interdisciplinary event involving

  • Asia Pop Fest
    24 February 2017 Asia Pop Fest

    Celebrating all things Asian pop culture, Asia Pop Fest invites local and international students, fans of Asian pop music and the pop-curious to welcome the start of the university year with

  • Inner Beat
    24 Feb 2017 - 25 Feb 2017 Inner Beat: Live

    NNER BEAT – LIVE is a collaborative public art project that explores the construction of complex identities by young culturally diverse artists from Melbourne’s dynamic and ever

  • Rebel Musik at XO State
    24 February 2017 Rebel Musik at XO State

    For renowned Papuan Producer / Percussionist / Activist – Airileke, music is his weapon. Rebel Musik sees Airileke bring rising stars from Port Moresby’s urban music scene,

  • Satan Jawa
    24 February 2017 Satan Jawa

    A ravishing new work of Indonesian cinema is given a live score by the MSO and an ensemble of Indonesian gamelan players. What would you sacrifice to save your lover? A young man is kept distant from

  • Bo Ningen at XO State
    25 February 2017 Bo Ningen at XO State

    Deep in the heart of Asia TOPA is a performance club called XO State: an ephemeral sanctuary of constant change that might just change you in return. The DARK program at XO State on Saturday 25

  • Sushi Masterclass & Lunch
    25 February 2017 Sushi Masterclass & Lunch

  • Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band inc. DJ Maft Sai at XO State

    The concept of Paradise Bangkok was born out of looking for records. Back in 2009 DJs Maft Sai and Chris Menist pooled together their collection of obscure Reggae,

  • Jambinai at XO State
    26 February 2017 Parvathy Baul at XO State

    Breathtaking master singer, instrumentalist, painter and storyteller Parvathy Baul is one of the leading exponents of Baul sung poetry, the stunning ancient vocal tradition of the Baul mystic bards of

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