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Mapping Melbourne: LUMINOUS LUNAS RETURNS! (SLV)
December 3, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmFREE
Celebrating the beauty, complexities and contrasts of femininity is Luminous Lunas; an innovative series of site-specific performances, featuring abstract visual poetry, stories and myths about the Luna (moon), directed by Yumi Umiumare. Pop-up installations in diff erent inner-city locations encourage surreal, provocative and fun audience experiences. The performances feature Sophia Constantine, Suhasini Seelin, Jennifer Tran and Yumi Umiumare with music by Dan West and set and costume design by Jennifer Tran.
Wed 2 Dec, Summer Night Market at Queen Victoria Market, 8pm–10pm
Thu 3 Dec, State Library Victoria Forecourt, 8pm–10pm
Fri 4 Dec, Federation Square, 8pm–10pm
Luminous Lunas is part of Mapping Melbourne 2015, a four day showcase of independent contemporary artists exploring the theme of Asia across art, craftivism, dance, live art, multimedia, music, performance and theatre from 2-5 December 2015 across the City of Melbourne. #mappingmelbourne
A performer, theatre maker, teaching artist and community coordinator, Sophia Constantine is dedicated to developing projects that bring positive social changes to the communities from Melbourne to Darwin. Working in performance and events with skills in physical theatre, Butoh, puppetry, multi-platform storytelling and photography, in 2014 Sophia undertook an Australia Council professional development trip to Darwin working as an artist in residency at Corrugated Iron Youth Arts. There she facilitated youth art and drama programs in a variety of indigenous community settings from multi-cultural groups, remote indigenous schools and detention centres for five weeks as part of CIYA’s artist in remote schools residency program. Whilst in Darwin Sophia also performed with Snuff Puppets at the Darwin Festival. Currently developing a digitally devised multi-platform storytelling exchange between Artists from Victoria and NT, Creative Pen Pals present… that will be taken to Cracked festival 2015 in Newcastle, Sophia is also a 10 year member, associate artist and Deputy Chair of Platform Youth Theatre.
A Chinese Vietnamese Australian community designer who grew up in the Western suburbs of Melbourne, Jennifer has a background in industrial and interior design and community cultural development. She designs and builds installations that specifically tell the stories of the people and the place it is intended for. Recently, she completed her first public sculpture at the Braybrook Community Hub that represents the many ethnic communities residing in Braybrook. She is currently collaborating with the Present Tense Ensemble to deliver an immersive performance called RICERCAR at Theatre Works, St Kilda in late November this year.
Originally from India, Suhasini came to Melbourne to study Film & TV. After working in short films, TVCs and corporate videos she was intrigued by theatre and portrayal of multicultural performances in Melbourne. She has acted in varied pieces with strong texts like James Joyce -Bloomsday’s Yes, Yes, Yes!; and the Indian epic Mahabharata – Australia India Institute’s Mahabharata of Women. Coached and mentored by Exit Theatre’s Kristof Kaczmarek since 2013, she has been fortunate enough (in 2015) to be a part of MTC Neon Readings; Exit Theatre’s poetry reading series with the Aussie screen legend John Wood, and Yumi Umiumare’s Luminous Lunas at Federation Square’s Light in Winter Festival. Her vision is to embody and present stories from around the world, making diversity mainstream.
Yumi has been creating and teaching her distinctive style of works over the last 20 years and her works are renowned for provoking visceral emotions and cultural identities. Yumi’s works have received critical acclaim and garnered her and her collaborators several Australian Green Room awards. 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. Yumi has been also working in socially engaged theatre productions in Australia with aboriginal communities, culturally diverse communities and ESL groups, women from the sex industry and also people who has recovered from gambling addictions.Yumi is a recent recipient of the fellowship from Australian Council, exploring her popup tearoom series. www.yumi.com.au