Arts Centre Melbourne and Asia TOPA in association with Brunswick Mechanics Institute present:
Epoch Wars Working Group by Pony Express:
In March 2020, the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) will host a gathering of experts to discuss the possibility of naming Earth’s next era “The Anthropocene”. The name of Earth’s next epoch could have deep ramifications for the next 10,000 years. Pony Express refuse to leave this monumental decision in the hands of a privileged few. They are convening The Epoch Wars Working Group at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute as part of AsiaTOPA Festival.
Join us for a development presentation of Epoch Wars Working Group by Pony Express at Brunswick Mechanics Institute. Sunday 8 March, 6pm.
Documentary Theatre Making in Australia and Malaysia
Leading theatre maker, David Williams (Australia), Mark Teh and June Tan from Five Arts Centre (Malaysia) have a shared interest in issues of politics, history and public memory in documentary theatre. In this conversation they discuss their approach and share with us the first steps of a collaborative exchange looking at history and conﬂict memorialisation – especially how these conﬂicts are intimately entwined with national identity formation – in Australia’s case, World War 1, and for Malaysia, the so-called ‘Malaya Emergency’.
Join us for a conversation about Documentary Theatre Making in Australia and Malaysia at Brunswick Mechanics Institute. Friday 6 March, 6pm.
Rehearsing the Witness
The sensational Bhawal court case which began in the1920s and took 16 long years to resolve is re-examined in Zuleikha Allana’s Rehearsing the Witness. Cleverly sliding between the ﬁction of theatre, documentary and installation the work brings together a selection of local actors and experts who reiterate the original court transcript before dropping the guise of acting to give their own contemporary opinion on the evidence presented and to probe larger issues of identity and theatre. This development presentation, in the timber lined, historical, Moreland City Council Chambers will be the fourth iteration of the project and its ﬁrst development outside India
In Five Arts’ recent work A Notional History, left wing individuals and organisations once excised from the foundational myths of an independent Malaysia reappear.
Australia spent $700m commemorating the centenary of WW1 – three times the combined expenditure of all of the other nations involved in WW1. Is it surprising that no funds were committed to commemorating Australia’s two defeated conscription referendums?
With residencies, exchanges and public conversations in Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur, this will be the start of a multi-year collaboration to create a new performance project.
Join us for a development presentation of Rehearsing the Witness at Moreland City Council Chambers, Friday 20 March, 6pm.