F/T15 Asia Series Vol.2: Myanmar “Roundabout in Yangon”
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Myanmar is today experiencing massive growth and change. Democratization has been moving forward since Thein Sein became president in 2011, while freedom to assembly, long restricted under the junta, is now allowed. This has led to an increase in public events, making it easier to hold performances in a variety of places. The spread of Internet access is also accelerating the flow of information and international interchange, creating a wide variety of new forms of expression.These three artists work in different disciplines and fields but all explore issues of Myanmar’s identity. Simultaneously experiencing their divergent work, audiences will be introduced to the intersecting range of the local scene in a similar way to the roundabout junctions commonly found in Yangon. The Maw Naing has gained attention at global film festivals for his drama “The Monk”. For Festival/Tokyo, he will present installations and video works, as well as his own performance. Nyan Lin Htet leads his own theater company called Theater of the Disturbed and creates work that contrasts with the mainstream performing arts movement. He studied contemporary theater and has translated and adapted plays from the European canon. His own theater is a highly satirical take on Myanmar society. The musician and producer Thxa Soe, on the other hand, turns to traditional Burmese music for inspiration, mixing his electronic club sounds with folk songs and hsaing waing ensemble instruments used in religious rites and puppet theater.The venue will be designed by award-winning architect and artist Fumihiko Sano. In this way, the second installment of the Asia Series will be a truly reciprocal event between different disciplines and styles, and between Japan and Myanmar.