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AKAI ITO and the Forest - Melbourne Fringe

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Pulsating stories

This week I visited AKAI ITO and the Forest in Emerald City at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, a live installation in the Meat Market in North Melbourne. Book your tickets here.

Upon entry, we are lead into a forest of suspended red pulsating sculptures. Each sculpture has headphones and we listen to real human stories of connection with our fellow Fringe comrades. Randomly we rotate through the audial forest of stories and also a maze of fragments from the stories. The stories are real, beautiful, and often heartbreaking. Don't be surprised if you or others start to well up with tears, particularly if you can relate to the experience of the storyteller. But hold tight, there's more to explore.

Melbourne Fringe Festival, Arts House, Meat Market, Upswing Arts, North Melbourne, Self Contained Spaces, Emerald City, Chinese, myth, storytelling, performance, installation, experiential, emotional intelligence, Emerald City, red string, fate, loss, grief, love, connection
Pulsating sculptures

We are taken into a second room with a maze of red string and with two people connected by a red cable. We sit and watch as two people move through the maze and also create a web with help from the audience. The beauty is in eyes of beholder - and we hear pieces of narrative from the stories we heard, and see the performers connect, disconnect, entangle, and separate.

The performance is emotional and psychological, and not for the light hearted. However, this is important work, as it travels deep and explores stories that we know exist in our community, or that we may have already lived.
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Why? Connect and explore
When: 7:00 pm Sundays, Tues to Sat 8.00 pm,
Phone: 03 9660 9600
Where: Emerald City, The Stables, Meat Market 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne, Vic, 3051
Cost: $15.00 to $20.00
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