New production, Fire Monkey, brings together dancers and musicians from Singapore and Melbourne in a spectacular and poignant reflection on the events that affected the world in 2016.

A collaboration between the two places, the show is an exciting, poignant and roving spectacle with live music, transforming itself into the spaces in the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre. Featuring Singapore’s The Arts Fission Company who are collaborating with Victoria Chiu and dancers Isabelle Beauverd, Tra Mi Dinh, Ben Hurley and Sarah Mealor, the performance is a response to the global events of 2016.

‘Since the election of Trump in 2016, many of us are still struggling with the consequences and maintaining our own fight to bring balance back to refugee diasporas and economic slow-down,’ says choreographer Victoria Chiu.

Fire Monkey refers to the Chinese lunar calendar that marks 2016 as the Year of the Monkey under the element of fire. The universal myth of fire not only ignites common stories among different cultures, it also enables creative dance making through mapping of ancient memories with contemporary reflections. The performance involves different communities in Singapore and Melbourne, asking participants to use 3000-year-old Chinese oracle bone script to create fabric strips as modern text messages across oceans. The colourful strips made by community members are incorporated in this beautiful installation across Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre.

This collaboration, made across two countries separated by oceans, reflects on the anxiety of our time and invokes collective memories across cultures in the hope of mending broken myths and finding human connection.

Fire Monkey conjures up surreal characters from the realm of mythology in urban get-ups. This is Asian street theatre of a different kind. Hosting a varied cast of local and international performers, Fire Monkey was first presented at Multicultural Arts Victoria, Mapping Melbourne 2016 at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

Be sure to book your tickets for Fire Monkey before it ends in October!


Location: Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre (189 High Street, Northcote)

Dates: Wednesday 3 – Saturday 6 October 2018

Times: daily at 7pm, and 2pm Saturday matinee

Tickets: $33.00 full, $28.00 concession

Bookings: 03 9481 9500

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