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Brisbane Festival
Ether Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, 2006 July
Tony Yap
Madeleine Flynn
Tim Humphrey
Naomi Ota
Ria Soemardjo
Sarah Rubidge (UK)

visual artist
digital imagery
Tony Yap Company (tyc) is an ensemble of culturally diverse independent artists. Each artist is accomplished in their individual field of artistic discipline. A series of productions developed in collaboration with artists; director/dancer Tony Yap, musicians/composers Tim Humphrey and Madeleine Flynn and visual artist Naomi Ota.
'accented body', in conjunction with the generous support of the Brisbane Festival, is an innovative intercultural, site-specific project drawing together over 26 internationally renowned and emerging dance, music, visual, media and new technology artists from Australia, Japan, Korea and the UK. Created and performed at the new Creative Industries Precinct and the Kelvin Grove Urban Village.
'accented body' animates and energises these modern architectural spaces, through poetic and dynamic interactive and immersive environments featuring dance, visuals and sound. Not only this projects produce stimulating live performances and installations but at the same time makes use of developments in interactive and streaming technologies that makes links between the live body, technology and the audience, on site in Brisbane whilst being streamed in real time between national and international locations.

Creative Producer/ Director of accented body:
Dr Cheryl Stock (dance artist and Head of Dance QUT Creative Industries)
In ether, the performance extends traditional temple rituals and practice into contemporary aural-kinaesthetic realms.
The Melbourne-based team creates a 'virtual temple' from 10 kilometres of cascading rope, and a sound score incorporating tropical night sounds recorded at the site, reverberances from international temple sites, and testimonies from passers by, collected in memory sound booths in Brisbane and Melbourne and fed live into performance.
The performance song and instrumental ensemble emerges and dissolves as the night chorus reasserts itself in a distinctive and idiosyncratic ritual dance by Tony Yap, drawing on Malaysian trance dance.

E1 - evocation of a lost boy  
- Asian Arts Mart, Showcase presentation, Esplanade theatre, Singapore - 2 June 2007

E1-Evocation of a Lost Boy is a contemporary ritual dance performance. It is inspired by a section of the Noh play Atsumori, interpreted into a poetic evocation of a lost boy.

A thirty-five minute performance which takes the audience on a transformative journey through traditional temple ritual practices in a contemporary aural/kinaesthetic realm.

The aesthetics of ancient Malaysian shamanistic trance practice, Butoh and physical theatre combine with contemporary acoustic and electro-acoustic composition. A world is created which resonates with the sound of the dancer's body and voice, within a sonic score of samples, prepared piano, wind and Javanese vocal style. The elements of sculpture and projection create a form of cartography, literal and electronic conduits which transform movement notions of the body.

The aesthetic realm and the devotional space is a contemporary construct. Conceptually, E1-Evocation of a Lost Boy is a multi-modal piece, making particular use of a variety of media to shape a dance. The virtual temple is created with the collaboration of a video artist, a sculptor, two musicians/composers and a vocalist.
The audience is drawn into a contemporary ritual dance in the installed "temple" created by each performance modality.

The dance is a transitional space that is simultaneously 'internal' and 'external' to the subject and her/his soulful essence. The creation and treatment of such an 'inner sanctum' takes the audience spectacularly 'up and out' as well as 'deeply within'.


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