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Performance 4a at Griffin

Performance 4a and Griffin Theatre Company present

Yasukichi Murakami

  Through a Distant Lens

 

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We take so many photographs. How do we know which ones are important, which ones matter?

 

After a sell out season at Darwin Festival and rave reviews at Shinju Matsuri Festival Broome, and OzAsia Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre, Mayu Kanamori's multilayered work, Yasukichi Murakami - Through a Distant Lens plays at Sydney's SBW Stables Theatre as a special event in Griffin Theatre Company's 2015 program.

 

Kanamori goes in search of the missing photographs of Yasukichi Murakami - a Japanese-Australian photographer, entrepreneur and inventor, who lived in northern Australia from 1897 until his internment in 1941 - in order to tell the largely forgotten story of the early Japanese in Australia.  Utilising photographic and video projections, sound design, live music and actors, photographs come to life in a conversation between a photographer from the past and one from the present.

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Mon - Fri 7pm
Sat 2pm and 7pm

 

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Written by Mayu Kanamori
Directed by Malcolm Blaylock
Music/Sound Design Terumi Narushima
Dramaturg Jane Bodie
Visual Design  Mic Gruchy
Lighting Design Luiz Pampolha

Performed by Arisa Yura & Kuni Hashimoto
with Yumi Umiumare

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This project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; Creative Ecologies Lab, Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University; the Northern Territory Government; the Japan Foundation and Playwriting Australia. Thanks also to our individual supporters .

 

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Hong Kong Fringe Club: Australia on Stage 2006
By Kay Ross

State of the Arts, 13 February 2006


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The ‘Australia on Stage' program of the City Festival 2006 at the Fringe Club in Hong Kong featured three multicultural Australian stand-up comedians who deconstructed their Asian-Australian-ness: Tibetan-Australian comedian Nick Sun, Anglo-Indian Melbourne girl Georgina Naidu and Hong Kong-born cabaret artiste Rick Lau.

Benny Chia, the Artistic Director of the Fringe Club, said: "We love working with Aussie performers; their shows usually have a certain rawness and authenticity about them that suit us to a T, and local audiences have embraced them. Since the announcement of Keating's Creative Nation policy, the Australian government (through the Consulate-General here) has been putting its money where its mouth is. We've been working with Australian artists and arts organisations since 1987, and we've introduced at least 100 acts from Down Under to Hong Kong audiences. Every year we try to bring in new acts and fresh talents to whet people's appetite and keep their interest up."

The "Australia on Stage" program was sponsored by the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong. Murray Cobban, Australian Consul-General in Hong Kong, said: "Hong Kong audiences love Australian comedians because of their unique sense of humour. Their witty performances are often inspired by individual experiences in the multicultural living environment of Australia. The ‘Australia on Stage' program of this year's City Festival is a celebration of the best Australian-Asian talents nurtured in an open and culturally diverse country."

Award-winning comedian Nick Sun is known for his self-deprecating, tongue-in-cheek style. In his show Whatever (18-21 January), he described his comedy as "funny, hopefully". Throughout his act, Nick pointedly insisted that his ethnicity was irrelevant, thereby ironically drawing attention to it. One quip that drew big laughs from Hong Kong audiences was: "I've been here for four days and I still haven't found Chinatown."

Melbourne comedian Georgina Naidu poked fun at the weirdness of her Anglo-Indian background in her witty, warm-hearted autobiographical show about home and belonging, Yellow Feather (25-27 January). Backing her up on the onstage sound system was DJ Schmidti, who is of Indo-Fijian-Australian heritage. One of Georgina's funniest lines was: "Essendon football team is so good there's even a place named after them."

Cabaret artiste Rick Lau returned to the City Festival after last year's sell-out show, How Now, Rick Lau, with SunRice (25-27 January). It was a light-hearted romp through his life and career, from his childhood in Hong Kong to IT jobs in Europe and the US, and his experiences as a migrant in Australia. Hong Kong audiences, even those who don't speak Cantonese, enjoyed his scenes and asides spoken in Cantonese, because the characters were instantly recognisable. And drawing huge applause was his version of the tongue-twisting song I've Been Everywhere, Man, featuring Hong Kong as well as Australian place names.

Outside of the ‘Australia on Stage' program, but still part of the City Festival, visual artist and performer Greg Leong from Tasmania was a guest speaker at a symposium, "Arts Connections: D.I.Y. Touring Arts in Asia". Also speaking at that symposium was Douglas Gautier, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, who is due to take up the role of Director of the Adelaide Festival Centre in May.
 
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Asians on Film is an international English language blog featuring people working in film, television and new media.  Performance 4a produces coverage of Asian-Australians in film for the blog.
 
COOLie
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COOLie is a unique showcase of Asian-Australian storytelling and performance.  The inaugural season took place at Belvoir St Downstairs Theatre on 1-13 Feb, 2011.  Comprising three shows:

Meeting at Moree - Chinese Australian meets Indigenous Australia through the stories of William Yang and Noeline Briggs-Smith

Stories East & West - six storytellers link Asia and Australia, past and present, family and personal aspiration.  Directed by William Yang and Annette Shun Wah

About Face - from mini-skirted vixens to big pants percussion, and searing torch song to a genuine 70s guitar hero. Les Gock, Paul Cordeiro, Lena Cruz, Suara Indonesia Dance and comedians Jennifer Wong and Oliver Phommavanh address turn expectations 180 degrees. Directed by Lisa Freshwater.

 
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