The full Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts 2020 program has been unveiled with an astonishing 54 works – many of those featuring intercultural collaborations – spanning dance, theatre, music, contemporary performance, film, digital and visual art, with much more to come within the Public Program.
Of those 54 works, 30 have been seeded and commissioned as new works by Arts Centre Melbourne and Asia TOPA, with partners and presenters connecting artists, groups and companies from within the Asia-Pacific region including Singapore, China, Thailand, Japan, New Zealand, India and Pakistan among others. This shows how integral and dynamic relationships between Asian and Australian contemporary artists are in the 21st century.
In anticipation of the second iteration of Asia TOPA, the new and provocative collaborations between these artists and arts organisations in Victoria, and across Asia, will reflect the contemporary imagination and lived experience of artists and creative thinkers from the Asia-Pacific region.
Led by Arts Centre Melbourne, Asia TOPA 2020 is a joint initiative with the Sidney Myer Fund celebrating, creating and nurturing contemporary performance from across the region. With Presenting Partner Singapore Airlines, it explores the connections between contemporary Australia and its growing diaspora through a truly innovative approach to collaboration via the Asia TOPA Consortium and Program Partners from the Melbourne Arts Precinct and city centre.
Arts Centre Melbourne presents Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts 2020 January – March 2020 Bookings at asiatopa.com.au