Five years ago Tony embarked on a choreographic research project focusing on Malaysian shamanistic trance-practice of his birth place, Malacca. He took this newly developed work into various international collaborative works as well as solo works. E1- Evocation of a Lost Boy is a result of this continuing process. This is in keeping with his original vision of a major solo autobiographical monologue in dance. TYC have since established building artistic relationships with key masters and artists in Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Korea. These relationships have led to an integration of creative elements leading to the final stage for this major series of work, Buddha Body Series1-3 (1-Melangkori, 2-Rasa, 3-Sayang).
As part of Tony’s fellowship with the Dance Board of the Australia Council, one of his primary goal is to enrich his professional skills in the tradition of Javanese dance and vocal work. In September last year, Tony studied under the master, R.Ay Sri Kadarjati Ywandjana (Ibu Kadar) and made further investigation into trance dance practices as a major preperation for the first creative development of Buddha Body Series. This series will also draw on issues of trance, migration and identity as well as the language of ‘emptiness’ and ‘fulfilment’ in spirituality.
Melangkori (melancholy) as a poetic beginning, arose from the sense of loss of someone or memory of a past. Melangkori's relationship to emptiness is the sense of the overall theme of Buddha Body Series. This work will continue the long term collaborative project of Tony, Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey and Naomi Ota as the core members of TYC. Bambang Nurcahyadi and Ben Rogan joins the artistic team in this process of development.
Choreography/performer: Tony Yap
Dramatugy/Creative Collaborator: Ben Rogan
Composers: Tim Humphrey and Madeleine Flynn
Visual Installation: Naomi Ota
Media artist: Bambang Nurcahyadi
Script: Duong Le Quy, Tony Yap
Creative Development : This first creative development will be result in a showing on 9 May 2009 at the Northcote Town Hall.