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tyc_Virtual Temple projects

> Buddha Body Series 2009 / 2010
> The Buddha my Body - A Palimpsest (International collaboration) 2007 - 2009
> Ether series 2006 /2007 

tyc (Tony Yap Company) _virtual temple artists

Tony Yap: Coreographer/dancer
Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey : composers/musicians
Naomi Ota: visual artist

Tony Yap Company (tyc) - Virtual Temple 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.

These projects are interdisciplinary in their conception, development and production and have been staged in Australia and internationally. This is a long-term and an on-going collaborative process between the mentioned artists and the vision here is to include deeper research in music composition and the visual installations. The structures of the work and the process between the artists should allow depth and simplicity at an elemental level without lessening the force of the distinctive visceral language as a multi modal collective. The future vision for virtual temple is an experience that resonates for audiences on multiple levels, crossing cultural, social and economic divides. The productions will contain traditional spiritual themes from the East and West in a contemporary virtual architecture.

Virtual Temple consists of a broad range of enactments/engagements. These are based on fluid performance architectures that are responsive to the physical, social and cultural milieux that we are immersed within. A process of mediating partnership between the artists, our external artistic partners, and the cultural context and communities for each performance defines our continuing practice. The vision is to create a multi-modal form that is intrinsically international in its artistic language.

The unique artistic language that we have created makes us effective representing an Australian-Asian experience in the contemporary arts. The direction for physical dance practice transforms ancient shamanistic practice into a post-modern medium. tyc foster and continue artistic and creative collaborations in the Asian region and to profile Asian Arts in an international context. They create work that is unique in that it allows evolution: they are constantly looking for a structure that allows spontaneity within structure, work that is always fresh and current and still within the original artistic framework.

tyc has recently been awarded the Emerging Key Organisation Grant from the Dance Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.
The company is aligned with, and auspiced by the state and federally funded organisation, MAV (Multicultural Arts Victoria)
Projects history of tyc_virtual temple
> Kekkai - international collaborative instalaltion/performance /research project with Theatre Nottle   (Sth Korea) 
and Monash University Academy of Performing Arts

Dec 2010: Development -1 @ Hooyong Performing Arts Centre, South Korea
Aug 2011: Bundanon, Artists in Residence, NSW Australia

Aug / Sep 2011: Artist in Residence @ Monash University Academy of Performing Arts
Showing at Alexander Theatre on 2 September 2011
> Buddha Body series - Rasa Sayang - Installation / Dance performance
22 - 25 April, 2010 @ fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
> Budak Melaka -Dance performance with sound / visual / media Installation
in collaboration with Agung Gunawan and Sean O'Brien
St Paul Church, Melaka Art and Performance Festival, Malaysia Nov 2009
> The Buddha my Body - A Palimpsest - International collaborative performance, new Melbourne version
with Theatre Nottle (Sth Korea) and Agung Gunawan from Paguyuban Seni Surya Kencana (Indonesia)
fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, August 2009
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> Buddha Body Series 1 - Melangkori - tyc_Virtual Temple Dance / Installation performance
development showing, Northcote towm hall, May 2009
> Edge - @Pulse: site-specific multimedia art performance on a Melbourne CBD rooftop
City Village Rooftop, April 2009
 > The Buddha My Body - A Palimpsest - International collaborative performance
with Theatre Nottle and Agung Gunawan, Arko Arts Theatre -Seoul, Korea, December 2008
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 > The Buddha My Body - A Palimpsest -International collaborative development stage-two and showing
with Theatre Nottle and Agung Gunawan Miroto, Sutudio Tari Banjar Mili - Yogyakarta, Indonesia, November 2008
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 > Palimpsest - Collaborative development stage-one with Theatre Nottle and Agung Gunawan
Hooyong Performing Arts Centre Artist-In-Residency, Sth Korea, December 2007
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> E1-Aether - Sound / Visual Installation & Dance Performance >> See details under this page
Biwako Biennale, Oumi-hachiman city, Shiga
, Japan, Nov 2007 @Nishikatsu-shuzou, shingura
> E1 - evocation of a lost boy - Asian Arts Mart, Showcase presentation >> See details under this page
Esplanade theatre, Singapore - 2 June 2007
> Ether - Brisbane Arts Festival, Brisbane, Australia- July 2006 >> See details under this page
> E1 pilot project - commission by Victorian Arts Centre, George Adams Gallery, Melbourne - November 2004
E1-Aether- Sound / Visual Installation & Dance Performance
Biwako Biennale, Oumi-hachiman city, Shiga, Japan, Nov 2007 @Nishikatsu-shuzou

"E1-Aether" is a ritualistic dance-installation in collaboration with Japanese lighting artists Genta Iwamura and Rie Uomori.
The project has been assisted by Kultour - touring Australian Multicultural Arts -a proud initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Melbourne based Australian performance company The Tony Yap Company (TYC) presents "E1-Aether" contemporary ritual solo dance performance. tyc is an ensemble of culturally diverse independent professional artists including dancer Tony Yap (Australian/Malaysian), visual artist Naomi Ota (Australian/Japanese), vocalist Ria Soemardjo (Australian/Indonesian) and Australian contemporary musicians Tim Humphrey and Madeleine Flynn. Japanese lighting artists Genta Iwamura and Rie Uomori collaborate with tyc for this project. Their vision is to create a multi-modal art-form that is intrinsically international and their unique artistic language represents a contemporary Australian-Asian experience.
Audience experience in the time and space of the work reminded us a common spiritual foundation like a prayer for death before our eyes. - Mainichi Newspapers, Japan

Photo © Yuto HIRAKAKIUCHI 2007    
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Ether was shown as a part of "accented body" @ Brisbane Festival
@ Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Kelvin Grove Urban Village, Brisbane, 2006 July.
'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.
Tony Yap
Madeleine Flynn
Tim Humphrey
Naomi Ota
Ria Soemardjo
Sarah Rubidge (UK)
visual artist
digital imagery

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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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