2 hours durational performance - tea ceremony at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm
INTERDISCIPLINARY OR HYBRID ARTS
POPUP TEAROOM SERIES
Dance, Butoh, Japanese tea ceremony, installation.
Enter a dreamlike installation space, where Yumi Umiumare’s unique fusion of Butoh, physical theatre and spoken word are interspersed with classical and contemporary tea ceremonies.
Since the 16th century, tea ceremonies have been performed to relieve emotional stress and restore social order. Curious about what sort of ‘tea’ we can make today, Umiumare invokes the Japanese notion of ‘ma’ or ‘active pause’. The deep sense of presence and silence afforded by the PopUp Tearoom offers participants a chance to pause and reflect, but in true Umiumare style there’s an element of provocation too.
Image: Joseph Gabriel
Born in Hyogo, Japan, Yumi Umiumare is an established Butoh dancer and choreographer from Australia. For 25 years she has been creating her distinctive style of works that are renowned for provoking visceral emotions and cultural identities.
Her works have been seen in numerous festivals in dance, theatre and film productions throughout Australia, Japan, Europe, New Zealand, South East Asia and South America, and have received critical acclaim and garnered several Green Room awards.
Her own major productions include DasSHOKU Butoh cabaret series (1999-2014), EnTrance (2009-2012) and the recent PopUp Tearoom Series.