Occupying Peter Waples-Crowe’s constructed stage for his exhibition insideOUT, will be a pop-up performance by Taiwanese artist Dondon Hounwn for the City of Melbourne’s YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival.

SMAPUX (meaning Shaman in Truku language) is a deep spiritual healing ritual developed from the resonation of Dondon’s healing power and Peter’s stream of consciousness.

There are three stages in this ritual. The first stage is ‘conversation’, to have a dialogue with local spirits. ‘Release’ is the second stage, inciting subconscious information through the dialogue with local spirits. At the third stage, ‘balance’, the balanced spiritual power of two parties will be constructed.

From Tuesday 7 May, Dondon will be conducting the ritual each day from 1pm – 1:40pm, culminating in a cross-cultural performative exchange with Peter on Saturday 11 May, accompanied by a Q&A with both the artists.

  • Healing Ritual
  • Tuesday 7 May, 1:00pm-1:40pm
  • Wednesday 8 May, 1:00pm-1:40pm
  • Thursday 9 May, 1:00pm-1:40pm
  • Friday 10 May, 1:00pm-1:40pm
  • Cross-Cultural Performance
  • Saturday 11 May, 2:00pm-2:40pm
  • All events are FREE

For more information visit the YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival website.

Presented by YIRRAMBOI Festival and Koorie Heritage Trust. Taiwan Focus program is supported by the City of Melbourne through YIRRAMBOI Festival and the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation through Pulima Art Festival.