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Kekkai - beyond fixed boundaries
- International collaboration of Nottle Theatre (Korea) & Tony Yap Company (Australia)

Kekkai explores a Japanese concept meaning ‘tied or bounded worlds’, which represents a line between the real and the unreal, the two incompatible realms. This interdisciplinary work portrays a series of shifting images and interactions evoking themes of a fluid concept of space that goes beyond fixed boundaries. It utilises a distilled, integrated palette of dance and physical performance, text, live and recorded music and soundscape, and visual installation.
This is a work by long-term collaborators Tony Yap Company – Tony Yap, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, Naomi Ota – and Theatre Nottle.

Director Youngoh Won
Performers Tony Yap, Soyoung Lim, Euna Lee,
Junghwi Park
Music Composition / Performance Madeleine Flynn,
Tim Humphrey,Thompsons Foundry Band
Visual Installation Naomi Ota
Script Hyunwoo Kim
Lighting Design Kwangduk Yun
Stage Manager Kyoungwook Min
Coordinator Jiyeon Shin, Nayoung Cha
Producer Kirsty Ellem, Kath Papas Productions

Moving images:

Castlemaine State Festival, Australia, March 2015
Showing at Mullae Art Factory, April 2013
Videos editing by Cobie Orger

More information and Enquiry - Kath Papas Productions

Here is kekkai

kekkai is assuming 'the other world. 'inside' needs 'Outside' for the existence.
My world also needs other's world for the existence. There are many worlds in kekkai.

So kekkai is a universe.

Dream and reality can not exist at the same time but they are each other. Sky can't meet ground but they are touched each other at the end of the sight.

Dream will be reality when the dream is broken,
reality will be dream when the reality is buried.

All the worlds are touched in the moment.
All the worlds are broken in the moment.

Just the time when broken,
my world embraces other worlds.

The moment kekkai embraces may be the eternity in our real world.

The two companies have undertaken three stages of development of the piece: in Korea at Nottle’s home base of Hooyong-ri in 2010; in Australia at Bundanon and Melbourne in 2011, with support from Monash University; and in Hooyong-ri and Seoul in 2013, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Korea-Australia Connection Initiative, a partnership of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Korean Arts Management service. 2013 development culminated in a showing at Seoul Art Space, Mullae Art Factory, on Friday 26 April and a Looking for International Partners showcase at Performing Arts Market Seoul 2013.

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Photos by Pia Johnson / Naomi Ota