EnTrance

EnTrance is a critically acclaimed full-length solo work with multimedia and installations within the metaphor of ‘the near shore’ of life and ‘the far shore’ of death. Using electronic costumes – practical television mask, fairy light fabric – karaoke and the decay to nothingness of the flour-encrusted butoh body, award-winning dancer Yumi Umiumare performs the mystical conundrum of ‘the space between’ amid the hubbub of our city-life.

White, vaulting installation, splits the space into the real and imagined, where Umiumare can play with the audience in fun Karaoke near-space or recede through the porous curtain to the far, into the psychological claustrophobia of mirrored city-scapes where full-wall media projections crowd.

Umiumare performs six seamless scenes exploring the personal and universal; like cultural distinctions of crying, depersonalisation in the metropolis, public/personal identity and transcending through death. The soundscape of the city isolates the living, accompanies the dead. Entrance assembles award-winning collaborators, Moira Finucane, Bambang Nurcahyadi, Naomi Ota and Ian Kitney and was itself nominated for a Green Room Award. EnTrance is the culmination of Umiumare’s collaborations, a diva focusing her powers for audiences to share in transcendence.


Credits

Created and performed by Yumi Umiumare
Dramaturge Moira Finuicane
Media Artist Bambang Nurcahyadi Karim
Installation Artist Naomi Ota
Sound Designer Ian Kitney
Costume Designer David Anderson
Lighting Designer Kerry Ireland


Performance History

April 2012 Performance Space season in Sydney

June /July 2011 The Street Theatre, Canberra

October 2010 NORPA (Lismore) & Brisbane
supported by Kultour’s 2010 Strategc initiatives

October 2009 OzAsia Festival

Aug – Sep 2009 Premiere in Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne



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Reviews

“..a mystical collision of butoh and theatre.”
“EnTrance is a wonderfully expressive union of music and text, image and movement, bound together by irresistible logic of dreams.”
The Age

“All the world’s experiences, on a stage”

“she carries her audience on a journey through life, life after death, mental despair, physical delight, meditative sequences, cabaret breakouts, sweet sadness and ghoulish madness”
Jill Sykes (Review Link)

“..an Impassioned and beautiful piece, constantly rich and surprising in its emotional range, and finally very moving.”
The Australian

” Yumi Umiumare is a living treasure””Her solo show EnTrance delights and disturbs with its compelling blend of movement, dialogue and music. Movements of joy and comedy are counterpoint for the grotesque tradition of butoh.
Herald Sun

 

 

“..a mystical collision of butoh and theatre.”
“EnTrance is a wonderfully expressive union of music and text, image and movement, bound together by irresistible logic of dreams.”
The Age

“.. challenging, moving, and the kind of theatre experience you rave to your friends about. Australia is fortunate to have such a talent as hers enriching our dance culture.”
Arts Hub

“…gut-felt provocation of passion and emotion.”
Aussie theatre

“This is one of the standouts of OzAsia (festival)”
Independent Weekly Adelaide

” a fascinating production that will move you emotionally and engage you intellectually”
GLAM ADELAIDE

“EnTrance opens heart, body and soul to the transformations that direct the human spirit.”
“Confronting, evocative and artistically innovative”
Canberra Times