ONCE UPON A MIDNIGHT: THE OZASIA ROCK MUSICAL – TAASA Review June 2009

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This article was originally found in the June 2009 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 18, Issue 2, Page 20).

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Alex Vickery-Howe I n 2007, Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival gave focus to Australian artists’ relationship with Asian cultures.

The work in the inaugural festival ranged across retrospective reflections of Asian migrants, such as Anna Yen’s poignant Chinese Take-Away and Hung Le’s tongue-in-cheek I Still Call Australia By Phone, the experience of Australians with diverse cultural backgrounds, such as Australian-Chinese artist William Yang exploring his cultural roots in China, right through to direct encounters between different cultures, most notably Julie Janson’s Eyes of Marege, a collaboration between artists from Sulawesi’s Teater Kita Makassar and Australian Indigenous performers. L to R: Composer/musician Tim Lucas; Kango, the Kappa (Shimabukuro Hiroyuki); Yoshiki the Tengu (Tenchou) a nd Scratch, the werewolf (Chris Asimos) in opening number Bring on the Night.

Music Town, Okinawa City, July 2008. Photo: Tomoaki Kudaka...