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International Collaborations

A collaboration between Liminal Theatre, Teatre Popular, and Insitut Kesenian Jakarta (IKJ).

After the highly successful 1001 Malam acting workshop in 2007,Slamet Rahardjo and Robert Draffin held three writing sessions in Jakarta during 2008 and 2009. Taking stories from the 1001 Nights and adapting them within traditional and contemporary Javanese contexts, Rahardjo and Draffin fused the classic Arabic tales with Javanese mythology and set them against the Tembang, a traditional Javanese song cycle.

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In March 2008, Bonni Chan and Sean Curran, the co-founders of Hong Kong’s Theatre du Pif travelled to Australia to work with Liminal Theatre co-artistic director Robert Draffin. They were introduced to the processes of Liminal Theatre and a strong connection was established.

Following this fruitful collaboration, Draffin visited Hong Kong in June 2008, to begin work with Theatre du Pif and a multicultural cast and crew on Hanako’s Pillow. Through an intense rehearsal period that focussed on the universlity of Witches, Warriors and Ghost Stories, the story of Hanako’s Pillow emerged - the dream of the warrior, who is in an intense duel of love and mortality, which brings avision of intimacy, loneliness, sensuality and sacrifice.

In May 2006 Liminal Theatre and Performance was invited by Professor Gu Yian, director of Shanghai International Performance Arts Research Centre to further research its training by working with second year students at Shanghai Theatre Academy.This project was supported by Asialink.

The students underwent 6 weeks training which culminated in a open rehearsal / showing to the whole academy and interested artists from Shanghai.The training was conducted by Robert Draffin

Since an ongoing relationship has been forged with SIPARC and the academy.In April/ May / June 2007 a Shakespeare project was undertaken by Mary Sitarenos and Professor Gu Yian culminating in a full production of Macbeth.

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Liminal Theatre and Performance with assistance from the Australia China Council and the Hong Kong Arts Development Fund worked for 4 weeks with OnandOn Theatre Company at the Cattle Depot Artists Village in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Robert Draffin, Mary Sitarenos, Paul Robertson and Claire Nicholls worked with 20 actors from Hong Kong and Taiwan, sharing Liminal’s actor training and theatre making processes. It was a daily training practice from 10am - 5 pm culminating in a studio performance of sections from a new Chinese translation of the Greek play Oedipus.

The training and performance was in Cantonese, English and Mandarin.