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Take part in a special artist project at Sydney Town Hall as part of the 21st Biennale of Sydney Superposition: Equilibrium and Engagement. Japanese theatre director Akira Takayama invites residents of Sydney to participate in a one-off performance which will take place at Sydney Town Hall on Sunday, 28 January 2018.

Akira Takayama invites you to share a song or poem – in any language – that was taught to you by your ancestors, handed down through families and across geographies. No prior auditions or rehearsals are required to take part and people of all singing and performing abilities are encouraged to participate.

Akira Takayama is interested in hearing the stories of people who live in Sydney or who have come to live in Sydney, and invites you to share songs that have been shared across generations and taught from places near and far. Your contribution will help build a collection of the oral and intangible histories that the people of Sydney carry with them. In this way, the individual voices that make up the social and cultural fabric of the city will be heard.


If you have any questions or would like any further information please contact:
Biennale of Sydney, 02 8484 8700 or

The performances will be documented and form part of a film directed by Akira Takayama for the 21st Biennale of Sydney, Superposition: Equilibrium and Engagement, which will take place from 16 March to 11 June 2018 at venues across Sydney. The Biennale of Sydney is an international festival of contemporary art that takes place every two years.

Akira Takayama creates and directs projects that challenge the conventions of traditional theatre, expanding the audience experience through participation and experimental and theoretical considerations. In 2002 Takayama founded Port B, a project-specific theatre collective aimed at fostering collaborative relationships and artistic interventions, including installations in urban spaces, tour-performances, experimental social projects, lecture performances and sight-seeing tours. Motifs of movement, migration, participatory theatre, and the use of a radio transistor and maps, are common themes in Takayama’s practice.