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Zero Zero returns to Melbourne in October 2014

Tony Yap & Yumi Umiumare in Zero Zero

We are delighted that Tony Yap, Yumi Umiumare and Matthew Gingold’s acclaimed work, Zero Zero, returns to Melbourne this October! We are privileged to have be curated into Dancehouse’s second Dance Territories season, part of Melbourne Festival 2014. In Dance Territories, Dancehouse Artistic Director Angela Conquet pairs two Australian works with two European works to create double bills The Sacred and The Profane and Rituals of Now.

There are two shows only: October 14 & 15 at 8pm. See Zero Zero alongside Compagnie Moussoux-BontĂ©’s Les Buveuses de CafĂ© (The Coffee Drinkers – Belgium).

For the full lowdown on Dance Territories and to book tickets visit Dancehouse or Melbourne Festival.

These performances of Zero Zero are supported by Dancehouse, Melbourne Festival, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Arts About Us news

It’s a busy time with VicHealth’s Arts About Us Roadshow (overview of the project in my portfolio).

The fantastic Museum Victoria project Talking Difference will open at the Shepparton Library on 28 February for a three-week stint that is the first stop on its regional tour. The sensitive design of this interactive media project elicits very honest responses from people who venture inside to answer the video questions and participate in a dialogue with other’s responses. See the Talking Difference blog for some of the very moving content generated during the project’s time in Brimbank in 2011.

Rehearsals are underway in Shepparton for Dare to be Faceless, Simon Tengende’s play commissioned through La Mama which will have its premiere in the SheppARTon Festival. A couple of weekends ago I met the cast at a reading and BBQ, which was really terrific. First-time actors from local African communities are joining seasoned members of Shepparton Theatre Arts Group (STAG) for this production. We also secured the participation of local choirs, especially St David’s Lutheran Church choir, which will add some rich tones and textures to the production.

Kirsty and I will travel to Mildura for Sarajevo Suite on International Womens’ Day, 8 March, in the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, and then a few days later be in Shepparton supporting the cast and crew for the Dare to be Faceless premiere on 12 March.

Rasa Sayang at Blacktown Arts Centre this March

We are delighted that Rasa Sayang will have its first interstate outing with two performances at Blacktown Arts Centre on 29-30 March, with the support of Kultour and the New Music Network. Tony Yap, Tim Humphrey, Madeleine Flynn, Naomi Ota, Nik Pajanti and I will travel up, and are looking forward to engaging with the Blacktown AC artist community in two workshops as well as the performances, and the installation which will be open during the day.