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Obang

14 – 19 March 2024

In the Centre for Creativity

Kids & Families

Ages 6 to 16 months | A multicultural theatre show for babies! Obang is a performative installation space designed for babies and their caregivers. It is inspired by the traditional Korean concept of Obang which refers to five primary colours that are connected with five different spaces at home. 

Interactive theatre for babies aged 6 to 16 months

Obang is a joyful and immersive experience featuring puppetry, storytelling and free play for babies in an immersive and multi-sensory environment. You are invited to a Korean grandparent's home. Together, you and your bub will experience a day’s life which includes cooking, washing, bathing and sleeping. Little ones will love Obang encouraging them to explore their curiosity and engage with the installation all while sharing in a cultural experience.

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Meet the artist

Ewen Co-creator, performer, installation designer

Ewen Soo's creative practice with children draws from her background as a dancer and a primary school teacher. She is passionate about project ideas that present play-based and arts-based learning for young children. 

Ewen has over 10 years of dance experience in Odissi, a classical Indian dance style. She is a senior student of Monica Singh Sangwan where she teaches Odissi to young children. Apart from dance, Ewen is a classroom teacher based in Melbourne.

Ewen is beginning to extend her practice in performing arts based projects for children. This  includes Patch Theatre’s The Lighthouse, a season at the Arts Centre Melbourne (2021), Moomba Festival (2021) and OMOON project (2020), supported by Creative Arts Victoria and Banyule City Council. 

UB (Youbi Lee) Co-creator, performer, installation designer

UB is a multidisciplinary artist based in Melbourne/Naarm. Her artistic practice includes printmaking, designing installations, animation, puppetry, and participatory art. Through all of these practices she engages audiences to creatively think through complex contemporary issues. Using her various skill sets and experiences, UB has been creating large-scale collaborative arts projects with various communities, councils and festivals. She also works in various professional roles - puppeteer, concept designer and art facilitator - for various established art organisations, including Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Threshold and Polyglot.

UB has also participated in various competitive residency/development programs including: 2018 SITUATE Arts in Festival, Salamanca Arts Center; 2020 New Idea Lab, Art Play; and 2022 Lemony S Lab, a year of puppetry and professional development program.

Taka Takiguchi (滝口貴) Performer, creative producer & marketing design

Taka is an independent practicing artist and producer of Japanese heritage based in Naarm (Melbourne) with over 10 years of experience in the arts sector. His art-making process is to question social norms and their structures from intersectional perspectives and to create provocative works through the mediums of poetry, installations, and various movement-based techniques: Suzuki Method, Butoh, and shamanic/trance dance practices.

His unique background as a social worker and an inclusive art practitioner has greatly informed his artistic aesthetics and pracitce. He founded his production company, ImPermanence Productions in 2015. He was one of the recipients of the Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (2020-2021), an initiative funded by Creative Victoria.

Dale Gorfinkel Sound designer

Dale is a multi-instrumentalist, improvisor, instrument creator, installation artist, educator, and community builder. Dale’s work aims to reflect an awareness of the dynamic nature of culture & the value of listening as a mode of knowing people & places. He is interested in finding fresh ways of presenting and making music, bringing creative communities together & shifting perceived boundaries of scenes, styles & artforms.

He has presented installations and performances throughout Australia and internationally. Amongst numerous collaborations, his activities include Prophets, Chikchika, and Sounds Like Movement. He has been a lead facilitator for inclusive arts programs at Arts Access Victoria, taught Instrument Building for Artists at RMIT, and created Future Prophets with primary students in Regional Arts Victoria’s Creative Workers in Schools program.

Dale’s skills include audio recording and production, video making, animation, drums, keyboard, electronic music, and instrument building.

Celina Mack Stage Manager / Operator

Celina is a contemporary theatre-maker and experimental artist working across performance disciplines in Naarm. Celina has worked with a range of companies and collaborators as a stage and production manager, director, collaborative deviser, performer and event facilitator and is the co-founder of STRANGEkit Performance Collective. Their recent projects include; ADT’s Tracker (Brisbane Festival, 2023), Western Edge’s Edge Ensembles program (2023), Under My Tongue (Next Wave, 2023), GUTFUL (APHIDS, 2022), REBEL (Cassandra Fumi, 2022), Yumi Umiumare’s Buried TeaBowl - OKUNI (2022 & 2023 - OzAsia Festival), Daniel Schlusser Ensemble’s Hercules (Arts House, 2022), Looking For Alibrandi (Malthouse, 2022), Body Crysis/身體災變  (The Substation, 2022), Blackrock (Platform Arts, 2022), The Mermaid (La Mama, 2021), Stone Soup Australia creative camp (2022 & 2023) and UnderEden WALKMAN *Explorers Edition* (2021) and HOLESP@CE (2020) for Melbourne Fringe with STRANGEkit Performance Collective. Celina has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies at Monash University.

Bronwyn Pringle Lighting designer

Bronwyn Pringle is a lighting designer and theatre maker who has spent the past 25+ years lighting everything from large festivals to strange theatrical experiments in venues that include The Princess Theatre, a London West End Nightclub, a warehouse in Buenos Aires, the Federation Square air-conditioning ducts and a wool-shed in Glencoe.

Bronwyn is also a teacher and academic, with research focused on sustainable lighting practice. She has taught students from 5 year olds up to university level. 

In 2021, Bronwyn received the Green Room Award for technical achievement, and has previously received Green Room Awards for alias Grace (Malthouse Theatre) and Letters from Animals (Here Theatre/SRWT) and two Melbourne Fringe Festival Design Collaboration awards. 

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