Rasa Sayang

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‘…demonstrated how dance can be as powerful a medium of raw feeling as narrative-based theatre’ **** The Sunday Age


Rasa Sayang is an interdisciplinary performance work, part of a series of productions developed by long term collaborators director/dancer Tony Yap, musicians/composers Tim Humphrey and Madeleine Flynn, and visual artist Naomi Ota. This work premiered in Melbourne in April 2010 to critical acclaim and sold-out houses throughout the season, and was subsequently nominated for both the Green Room Awards and Australian Dance Awards. Sayang, meaning ‘love’ in Tony’s native Malaysian, is the name of his mother, the inspiration for the work. Rasa Sayang brings together traditional spiritual themes from East and West in a contemporary visual architecture.

Tony Yap Company creates performance experiences that are visceral and spiritual, deep and simple at an elemental level, resonating for audiences on multiple levels, and crossing cultural, social and economic divides. Since 2008 the company has performed in Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, China, Vietnam and Australia.

Performance history:

George Town Festival (Malaysia), 5-6 July 2012

Blacktown Arts Centre, 29-30 March 2012, supported by Kultour and New Music Network

Premiere season at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, 22-25 April 2010


Reviews pdf

Production information & touring specifications

Email us to obtain the password to the full length video to the left


Photos by Jave Lee

Video by Cobie Orger


Interview with the creative team on ABC Classic FM’s New Music Up Late, aired on 31 March 2012. Click here to listen (interview starts at 7:00 min)

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