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Nov. 24, 2016
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Kick-off of the new theatrical arts festival Asia TOPA (Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts) in Melbourne (Jan. - Apr., 2017)
This is a comprehensive arts triennale with a focus on contemporary Asian performing arts works. In conjunction with arts organizations located throughout Victoria, Australia, and centered at the state's capital of Melbourne, the event will encompass not only the performing but also the visual arts, music, installations, video, architecture, design and literature. The triennale will be for the first time in 2017, and a multifaceted program will be put together in cooperation with partners and various organizations both domestic and foreign. Primary partners include 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Asialink, Australia Tapestry Workshop, Bluebottle, Castlemaine State Festival, Chamber Made Opera, Melbourne Festival, Monash University Art Museum, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Next Wave Festival, Perth Festival, Sydney Festival, University of Melbourne and the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.
In the theatrical arts and dance category, Singaporean Daniel Kok will be performing Bunny; Melbourne-based Chinese Australian Eugenia Lim will perform The People's Currency; the Tao Dance Theater and leader Tao Ye will give their performance of 6, which was featured in last year’s Paris Men's Collection and Cry Jailolo by Indonesian choreographer Eko Supriyanto. Three works to be performed at the festival from Japan include Kagero by Hamanaka Kikaku, a documentary work taking the Hisanohama area of Iwaki City, Fukushima as its subject; Takao Kawaguchi's About Kazuo Ohno and Time’s Journey Through a Room by Toshiki Okada.
In addition, the networking event “Asia Producers Platform Camp,” focusing on performing arts in Asia, will be hosted from Feb. 21 - 25.

Festival Outline
The focus of this large-scale performing arts triennial lies in Asia’s contemporary arts, as opposed to classical and traditional arts. It was founded by Stephen Armstrong, creative director of Arts Centre Melbourne in 2017, as a platform for contemporary art in the Asia-Pacific region to converge and interrelate. The various theatrical arts organizations in the state of Victoria, Australia, centered around Melbourne, cooperate with each other to produce this program over the course of four months. Principal partner organizations include Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Chunky Move, Federation Square, Malthouse Theater, Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO), Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC), Museum Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of Victoria, The Australian Ballet and Victorian College of the Arts.
+Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts