Kultour is the national voice that advocates for the importance of cultural diversity in the activation of and participation in the arts for the benefit of all Australians, reflecting our multicultural society.
Kultour is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, as an initiative of the Arts in a Multicultural Australia policy.
The Street Theatre in Canberra is presenting EnTrance from 30 June to 2 July. Tickets are on sale now and can be booked through thestreet.org.au.
Nominated for three 2009 Green Room Awards
...an impassioned and beautiful piece, constantly rich and surprising in its emotional range, and finally very moving.
From her many performances of The Burlesque Hour around the globe to her infamous Butoh Cabaret DasShoku Hora!!,
Yumi Umiumare’s electrifying performance style is in demand the world over. In this bold new work, Umiumare is set to detonate her extraordinary vision from the international to the other-worldly as she thrusts us into the twisted corridors of the un-living. At times brutally visceral, the performance is counterbalanced with the purity of digital painting, versatile installations and original sound score with her collaborating artists, Bambang Nurcahyadi, Naomi Ota and Ian Kitney.
EnTrance extends even further Umiumare’s diverse dance vocabulary, plummeting into the cracks where the spirit and the body are propelled into another existence. Umiumare takes us from unsettling moments of physical extremity to magical images of reflective serenity.
EnTrance premiered in 2009 and had a sell-out season at Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne and it nominated 3 Green Room Award 2009. EnTrance toured to OzAsia Festival 2009 at the Space, Adelaide Festival Centre and about to take off Kultour for 2010 and 2011.
EnTrance is a part of my lifelong creative development, provoking a fundamental question about life and death. In one Japanese belief, the two worlds of Life and Death are described as two shores; one is ‘the near shore’ (the world of the living), and the other is ‘the far shore’ (the world of after-death).
In EnTrance, each section is interconnected through a ‘chained world’ in which a new world opens up, on to the other. The logic of this chain world is surreal, abstract and internal, and sometimes very personal. The chain is about how things are unexpectedly linked on a deep emotional and mythical level. Like a moment when a person is in the kitchen doing something mundane and an anticipation or memory of horror or deep grief opens up before them, taking them from the kitchen into another world. Like a moment when I find an old shrine buried behind a very busy street in Tokyo, being EnTranced by its presence.
With deep serenity I am drawn into the ‘crack’- the moment of transformation where the spirit and the body are propelled into another world or existence – at the same time as the huge sonic attack in the middle of the chaos of the city. – Yumi Umiumare