With 30 works across three ambitious festivals, an international Company in Residence, as well as over 100 artists involved, Arts House 2017 Season 1 will bring hip-hop, interactive bondage, dark ecology, and more to the table for an exciting program. The series of work will showcase individuals or companies who are fearlessly investigating the modern world in which we live in.
Asia TOPA, Dance Massive, and Yirramboi are the festivals under Arts House’s belt, all three set to spotlight a scourge of international, Australian, and First Nations artists in one event.
As part of the Asia TOPA effort, Japanese docuperformance artists Hamanaka Company and Toshiki Okada’s chelfitsch will be visiting Melbourne, as well as dance provocateur Daniel Kok and local Luke George under the spotlight.
For the March dance series, Nick Power and Cambodian Tiny Toones team up, while mythology-exploring Victoria Hunt, transmedia artist Shian Law and choreographer James Batchelor also make anticipated appearances. Not to mention Rebecca Jensen’s abyss-descending dance piece and Bundjalung/Yaegl artist Mariaa Randall’s premiere of Divercity is not to be missed.
March continues with Lucy Guerin Inc’s new cutting edge Split, Lz Dunn’s investigation into bird flocking and queer ecology, The Farm’s recreation of everybody’s TV favourite The Office, and Nat Cursio learning how to kick and flip on a skateboard.
Things just keep getting better in May, when Yup’ik artist Emily Johnson, Wiradjuri writer Hannah Donnelly, and Worimi filmmaker and storyteller Genevieve Grieves celebrate art from First Nations people, international or otherwise, with Yirramboi. Ending the program with a bang is Bristol’s live-art duo Action Hero, in residence and presenting three never before seen works in Australia.