Blak LAB Sharing


This Exchange session will give participants the chance to meet the Blak LAB Artists and hear about the exciting projects they have embarked upon together.

The week prior to APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA has seen Australian First Nations artists seeding brand new works in collaboration with Asia Pacific Indigenous peers in an exciting venture known as Blak LAB.

The sharing of Blak LAB will include an opportunity to meet more of the First Nations participants at APAM.

Date Wednesday 26 February
Time 10am – 11:30 am
Venue Meat Market


Aczel Gee (Eastern Torres Strait; Mer/ Puerto Rico / Malaysia) will undertake research for a new project; Healing Beyond Identity.

Gary Lang (NT Dance Company) with Aulu Tjibulangan (Paiwan) – ‘The Sun and Moon’ – A dance piece that brings together Aulu’s sun totem and Gary’s moon totem, exploring the cultures of the Paiwanese people of Taiwan and the Larrakia and Yolngu people of the Northern Territory.

Rachael Wallis & Miku Performing Arts (NT) with Sang Mei-Chuan (Paiwan) and Labaga Taru (Truku) – ‘Bayini’ – A dance and music piece exploring Yolgnu story of the first visitors to Arnhem Land.

Thomas E.S. Kelly (QLD) – ‘BOOMA’ – A physical theatre piece exploring the booma (stomp) as expression of connection and relationship, with Tupe Lualua (Samoa/Aotearoa. With thanks to the outreach program of Pacific Dance).

Since 2013, Asia TOPA Labs have been the genesis for sensational international collaborations and inspired works including BLACK TIESThe Seen and Unseen and Virtual Intimacy at Asia TOPA 2020.  For 2020, the Asia TOPA Lab evolves to Blak LAB – a lab curated by and facilitated by Australia’s First Nations artists and cultural leaders in a new partnership between APAM, our First Nations Lead, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, and Arts Centre Melbourne, and in association with Abbotsford Convent Foundation.