Socially Engaged Projects
Presented by Weave Movement Theatre and Yumi Umiumare, White Day Dream is a unique fusion between Butoh and physical theatre performed by dancers with and without disability.
Hipbone Sticking Out is a major theatre production made with the community of Roebourne, Western Australia, as part of the Yijala Yala Project. It premiered in Canberra as part of the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, and in 2014 it toured to Roebourne, Perth and Melbourne.
A work in progress performance devised by the creative team in collaboration with women from the sex industry, men and youth( platform youth theatre).Through the stories of local and traffic women we ask, what is the impact of the sex industry upon us all?
Not Just My Story is a special opportunity for audiences to encounter the human face of compelling asylum seeker stories. Weaving together the moments, memories and voices of the performers, the work challenges the popular narrative of seeking asylum in Australia. Not Just My Story will open your heart to the potential of our shared humanity.
Ngapartji Ngapartji was a community development and Indigenous language maintenance/revitalisation project produced by the Australian arts and social change company Big hART conducted in various locations across the Anangu, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in Central Australia and in Alice Springs.
Cross - Cultural Projects
The Art Gallery of South Australia will host the 2018 World Tea Gathering this November as part of the OzAsia Festival. Tea artists from Australia, France, Japan, Brazil and Germany will assemble from the 2nd to 9th of November, presenting a week of pop-up events and performances celebrating the art of tea.
Yumi is joining Back to Back Theatre’s Tokyo tour, performing in their masterpiece, small metal objects, a theatre show in the public domain; part voyeuristic meditation, part urban thriller.
An ingenious theatrical gem, small metal objects unfolds amidst the high volume pedestrian traffic of Ikebukuro Nishiguchi-park. With individual sets of headphones, the audience is wired into an intensely personal drama being played out somewhere in the crowd.
White Day Dream series explores the space between dream and reality. Like a dream itself, the work recalls subconscious emotions, where things are at once unexpectedly linked and disconnected.This is a newly created 30min physical theatre work working with local Japanese visual artists and performers.
A series of experimentations of visual poetries, film work and physical theatre, inspired by Yumi’s own experience of her brother who had a cerebral hemorrhage. Is it really happening right in front of us or are we daydreaming? What if our piled up memories were suddenly erased? Our memories are like a heritage but our brain could hemorrhage.
Collaboration with Brunswick Women's Theatre, the project aims to provide a supportive, creative environment for all women, particularly women from Non-English Speaking backgrounds and other under represented groups, to explore the richness of their own lives through the use of theatre and performance skills.
Once Upon a Midnight is a Japanese/Australian rock musical. The script is bilingual, featuring seven Japanese performers and seven Australian performers. It follows the adventures of Kelsey Clarke and the warrior doll Nozomi as they journey to the Underground to liberate the monster world from the mysterious Angelica.
Site Specific Projects
Exploring femininity in both personal and cultural cliché ways, Luminous Lunas celebrates the beauty of feminine strength- from the softer essence of beauty, crazy pop icons, surreal and mystical characters to the mundane everyday housewives.
The pop-up TEAroom series offers various experiences through the rituals of tea ceremonies, installation and performance. Audiences are invited to sit and have a bowl of green tea and pop-up performances will be happening during rituals.
A few images from a larger body of work "Performanscape" created for the Core program of the 2013 Ballarat International Foto Biennale in collaboration with Vikk Shayen a Melbourne based Photographer. All performers were shot on location, nothing was added in post-production.
Step inside the playful and imaginative world of Japanese Butoh. With a smiling shaman as your guide, you’ll jump headfirst into a world of transformation and shape-shifting, unleashing your inner animal, object, kook and spook.
Melbourne’s legendary Yumi Umiumare, leads student performers in the creation of a playful, transgressive and hyper-energized hybrid. Combining the physical extremes of butoh and the emotional intimacy of cabaret, Trans-Mute will reframe everyday stories as strange outlandish songs and dances.