Asia TOPA ACMI Presents

Club Ate

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About Club Ate

Party at Club Ate and celebrate the queer Asia-Pacific diaspora.

Hosted by Sydney-based artists Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra, Club Ate is set to light up Asia TOPA with live local and interstate acts, music and video art plus food and drinks.

Born from the queer nightclub scene, Justin and Bhenji’s work explores altered identities through movement, languages, costume and spectacle. For Club Ate, the dangerous duo will perform as their Ex Nilalang incarnations.

Their costumes, dance and movement transform colonial myths and highlight the connections between queer migrant and intercultural identities. If that isn’t enough, they’ll be joined by Island Sisters, Motherland Queens and Goddesses of the Mountains in a free evening not to be missed.  

Read an interview with Justin and Bhenji

Artists and performers

Justin Shoulder is an artist working in performance, sculpture, video and nightlife/community events production. His main body of work the Fantastic Creatures are invented alter-personas based on queered ancestral mythologies. Shoulder uses his body and craft to forge connections between queer, migrant, spiritual and intercultural experiences

Bhenji Ra is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice combines dance, choreography, video and installation.  Her work is often concerned with the dissection of cultural theory and identity, centralizing her own personal histories as a tool to reframe performance. 

Sle, Alex Davies 2015

Slé (aka House of Slé) is a lgbt + community dance house based in western Sydney. Their members include a variety of artists with both cultural and urban skill sets, all of whom belonging to the greater Asia pacific diaspora. Performing everywhere from community halls to club nights and gallery spaces, their performances place an emphasis on a more diverse visibility for queer people of colour.

Corin Ileto is a female Australian composer, producer and performer. Creating synthesizer based music that she performs with multiple keyboards onstage, Ileto has also composed music for dance and video works. She recently composed the soundtrack to the fourth episode of Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra's work ‘Ex Nilalang’ which is currently screening at ACMI for the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing arts .

Chun Yin Rainbow Chan works across music, performance and installation. She is interested in duality, diaspora and the effects of globalisation on modern Chinese society. Chan often evokes traditional Chinese methods or styles and represents them in uncanny ways.

Caroline Garcia (Sydney, NSW) is a culturally promiscuous, performance maker. Caroline’s practice is shaped by alterity, echoing notions of cultural ambiguity and displacement by adopting the role of shape shifter - sliding into the gaps between cultures, experiences of otherness and timeless clichés of exotic femininity. She takes an intersectional approach to contemporary dance (read: twerking), the politics of cultural identity and the diasporic body.

Angela Goh is a dancer and choreographer working in Australia and internationally. She is working with dance in theatres, galleries, and telepathetic spaces. Angela received the danceWEB Europe scholarship and residencies including Critical Path, ReadyMade Works, and Bundanon Trust. As a performer she has worked with and for Mette Edvardsen (NOR/BE), Germaine Kruip (NL/BE), Biennale of Sydney, Marten Spangberg (SWE), Atlanta Eke (AU), Chunky Move, Jane McKernan (AU), Marina Abramovic (USA/SRB), Joan Jonas (USA), Tino Sehgal (UK/DE), and Branch Nebula (AU), among others.

Xen Nhà means 'stranger at home' and is the artist persona of Thanh Hằng Phạm. She is a việt lai artist & radio producer broadcasting words through skin and skin through words. Her words are like fragments of a shrapnel, seeking quiet intervals in her body. 

Club Ate is supported by the KMATS Endowment Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA.

Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

Club Ate contains adult themes.