‘Death exists, not as the opposite, but as a part of life,’ Haruki Murakami wrote in Norwegian Wood. What stories do we tell ourselves about death and the dead? How do our ideas around death vary across cultures?
For our seventh annual gala night of storytelling, we’re partnering with Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA to bring together talented writers and artists from across the region. Each will respond to our provocative (and slightly spooky) theme: Stories for the Dead.
Guests include writer Clementine Ford, soprano Deborah Cheetham, Indonesian dancer Eko Supriyanto, performer Candy Bowers, Thai Classical dancer Pichet Klunchun, musician Kakushin Nishihara with translator Nobuko Aiso, US musician and author Amanda Palmer, broadcaster and writer Myf Warhurst, wordsmith David Astle, cellist and broadcaster Eddie Ayres and author Ramona Koval.
Prepare for very different reflections on the theme – from funny to ghoulish to political to poignant. Do the dead walk among us? Join us for stories of ghosts and spirits; ritual and revival; life, loss, love and death.
Presented by the Wheeler Centre and Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA.
Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
Founder and artistic director for EkosDance Company and Solo Dance Studio in Surakarta Indonesia, Eko Supriyanto’s performance career spans major works and tours throughout Indonesia, Europe, America and the Asia Pacific. Trained in Javanese court dances and the Indonesian martial arts of Pencak S... Read more
Candy Bowers is an award-winning writer, actor, social-activist, comedian and producer. The co-artistic director of Black Honey Company, Candy has pioneered a fierce sub-genre of hip hop theatre that delves into the heart of radical feminist dreaming. Born of multi-racial South African parents an... Read more
Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and artistic director, has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Cheetham was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Deborah Cheetham’s ... Read more
Eddie Ayres is a writer, music teacher and broadcaster. He was born on the White Cliffs of Dover and began playing violin when he was eight years old. He studied music in Manchester, Berlin and London, played viola professionally in the UK and Hong Kong and moved to Australia in 2003. Eddie is the p... Read more
Nobuko Aiso is a translator, interpretator, writer, project manager and international correspondent. In 2015, she co-founded Art Translators Collective, an independent organisation that explores the value and possibilities of translation in the field of art. Born in Japan, Aiso spent her formative y... Read more
Myf Warhurst be heard across the country on ABC Radio from 12.30pm-2pm weekdays. She presents Bang On with co-host Zan Rowe – a podcast where they chat about the biggest issues in art, music and pop culture, available for download via the ABC Radio app or iTunes. In 2017, Myf hosted the Eurovis... Read more
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kakushin Nishihara is a Tsuruta-style Satsuma biwa player and a collage artist. (The Satsuma biwa is a traditional Japanese lute.) She trained under the tutelage of biwa master Kinshi Tsuruta until her teacher’s death. Kakushin is active not only within Japan, but also in Eur... Read more
Pichet Klunchun bridges Thai Classical Dance language with contemporary sensibilities – while keeping the heart and wisdom of the tradition. He has earned domestic notoriety for his efforts in contemporising Khon. Pichet has received many honorary awards, including the 2008 ‘Routes’ ECF Prince... Read more
David Astle is a full-time word nerd. You may know his loud shirts from SBS’s Letters and Numbers. Or his black-and-white boxes in Friday’s Age. He’s also the author of Wordburger (How to be a champion puzzler in 20 quick bites), plus Riddledom, Puzzled and Cluetopia. His favourite word is ‘... Read more
Ramona Koval is a writer who has worked as a journalist and broadcaster. Her most recent books are A Letter to Layla: Travels to our Deep Past and Near Future, Bloodhound: Searching For My Father, and By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life (all published by Text). She was the editor of two volumes ... Read more
Clementine Ford is a Melbourne-based writer, speaker and feminist thinker. She is a columnist for Fairfax’s Daily Life and is a regular contributor to the Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Through her twice-weekly columns for Daily Life, Clementine explores issues of gen... Read more
Amanda Palmer is a performer, director, composer, musician and author who came to prominence as frontwoman and keyboardist for the punk cabaret band The Dresden Dolls. In 2008, Amanda released Who Killed Amanda Palmer, her debut solo album. It was produced by Ben Folds and accompanied with the relea... Read more
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