Asia TOPA Review: The Red Detachment of Women is visually spectacular, but politically controversial.

February 19, 2017

It’s not every night you go to the theatre to see a show and arrive at a protest. Well, that’s exactly what we encountered on the opening night of a very politically charged ballet work called The Red Detachment of Women. It’s important to understand why there is a backlash to such a show and perhaps […]

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Choreographer Tao Ye talks precision, the human body’s limitations, and his work 6 & 8.

February 16, 2017

Asia TOPA has just kicked off in Melbourne, and with it comes a variety of art from our country neighbours to the north. A collection of amazing performances including Tao Ye’s 6 & 8, originally featured in Paris Fashion Week. These two distinct dance works amazingly precisely the same in their execution. For these performances Tao […]

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We speak to Creative Director of Asia TOPA Stephen Armstrong in the lead up to the 2017 festival

February 9, 2017

In the lead up to one of Melbourne’s most distinguished cultural festivals Asia TOPA, we had an in-depth chat with Creative Director Stephen Armstrong about the significance of such a curation of work and one show in particular, The Red Detachment of Women. What is the idea behind Asia TOPA? There are so many amazing creators and […]

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ACMI to celebrate Asian-Pacific arts with Asia TOPA

October 5, 2016

ACMI, Melbourne’s hub for film, culture and art (located at Federation Square) will soon be celebrating the Asia-Pacific region with the Asia TOPA festival/program. From Thursday, February 2, 2017, ACMI will home to Bollywood exhibition Bombay Talkies, queer mythology screen installation Ex Nilaling, and video triptych Climax of the Next Scene. Additionally, Ex Nilaling artists will […]

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