Curated by author and producer Jenevieve Chang, the first in a series of three library takeovers brings a taste of Shibuya to Sydney in the form of erotic haiku, hip-hop performance, storytelling and contemporary dance in an evening loosely inspired by ideas from Haruki Murakami’s After Dark, a novel depicting one night in Tokyo from midnight till dawn.
Performing artists include storyteller Mayu Kanamori, contemporary dancer Ryuichi Fujimura, hip-hop artist Hideboo and DJ Naiki.
The second Outrageous Library instalment is themed Sex in Beirut and takes place on Thursday 10 May at Newtown Library. The third (Sex in the Emerald City) showcases local female and LGBTIQ voices responding to the provocation of writing and performing their own stories of Sex and the City at Kings Cross Library.
Chang says: “We’ve honed in on the word ‘sex’ in the event titles, but sex is rarely just that. It’s also about power, life, an antidote to urban alienation, an escape from loneliness and the most visceral form of intimate connection between two humans – and I’m particularly interested in the role of place as a character in the way these stories can play out.
“I’m also interested in offering counter narratives to mainstream depictions about different countries and cultures – and the universal pursuit of eroticism and pleasure seemed like a good thread with which to weave that in.”