18 January 2017
In the middle of the inaugural 2017 Asia TOPA festival, audiences are invited to step onto the State Theatre stage and into XO State, a mini arts festival featuring some of the boldest and most eclectic artists, performers and musicians from across the Asian Pacific region.
Running from 22 – 26 February at Arts Centre Melbourne, XO State is an immersive, cross artform program designed to surprise and seduce. It is curated by Chunky Move founding director Gideon Obarzanek and Filipino performance artist Eisa Jocson, and produced by the team that brought you the Supersense festival in 2015.
Each night, XO State will commence with a main stage performance followed by a unique series of diverse live acts presented in the hidden corners of Arts Centre Melbourne, concluding with an exclusive main stage music headliner.
The eclectic event includes performances by Eisa Jocson, Indonesian heavy metal meets punk opera duo Senyawa, Taipei rapper Aristophanes, Japanese psychedelic acid-punk collective Bo Ningen, South Korean post rock/folk trio Jambinai and rising stars from Port Moresby's urban music scene, Rebel Musik, among many others.
From full-length performances of ecstatic energy to short sharp shocks to the senses, each night of XO State will fuse together a program of collided art forms that provoke, inspire and challenge our perception of contemporary Asia.
Tickets to the nightly main stage performances and the nightly music headliners must be purchased separately.