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

  • 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

  • Attractor at XO State
    22 February 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Wheeler Centre Gala 2017 Stories for the Dead
    26 February 2017 The Wheeler Centre Gala 2017

    Stories for the Dead

  • Balabala
    1 Mar 2017 - 4 Mar 2017 Balabala

    Five young women draw on ancient martial art traditions to carve out a new space of their own. In the world premiere season of the sister work to Cry Jailolo, Eko

  • Cry Jailolo
    1 Mar 2017 - 4 Mar 2017 Cry Jailolo

    Indonesian youths channel the forces of the sea in this mesmerising and uplifting call for change. Driven by the relentless rhythms of the ocean and the life that teems within, Cry

  • Dancing with Death
    2 Mar 2017 - 4 Mar 2017 Dancing with Death

    The line between life and death is joyously erased in a physical work of rare intensity. Award-winning Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun leads you into a space between life and death, where

  • Cerita Anak
    30 Mar 2017 - 2 Apr 2017 Cerita Anak (Child's Story)

    Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) takes pre-school children and their adults on a sea journey never to be forgotten. Climb aboard and be rocked and rolled across a strange ocean, dive to the bottom of

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