家 - Family. 孝 - Honour. 耻 - Shame. The trifecta that drives Sam Lau's journey into his familial story, charting his course through generations, countries and cultures.

Walk of the Ancestors

inSPACE Development

What does it mean to be Chinese-Australian? To have generations of your family and ancestors hold more than 2500 years of cultural beliefs and philosophies?

And you find yourself...not.

Or do you...?

Walk of the Ancestors is a generational exploration into the cultural clash many Asian-Australians experience - an upbringing steeped in Eastern philosophy whilst living in a Western society. Sam Lau, a Hong Kong-Australian actor/theatre-maker, must travel through time and space, exploring the generational stories and journeys of his ancestors, blurring the lines between past and present.

Creative Team

Sam Lau - Perfomer/Writer
Cyrus Kung - Mentor/Creative Consultant

Creative Team Bios

Samuel Lau

Sam Lau is an Adelaide-based actor and musician. With cultural roots in Hong-Kong, Sam is a second-generation Chinese-Australian. He is passionate about having theatre and film in Australia that is inclusive and representative of its multicultural identity. Sam trained at the Adelaide College of Arts, graduating in 2019. Since then, Sam has worked in a variety of mediums, such as the ABC TV series Aftertaste, Anifex Studio’s animation film The Better Angels and Too Dumb Blonde’s theatrical productions of Does It Please You?. Sam often explores themes of diaspora in his writing and works, such as through his 2021 MakeSpace Artist Residency where he dove into the cultural identity of being in-between cultures; investigating his lifelong navigation of liminal spaces both culturally and spiritually.

Cyrus Kung

Cyrus Kung's creative practice is shaped by writing and poetry. Cyrus' curiosity for uncovering and wading through the intricate and complex stories of those who are caught in liminal spaces shapes their understanding of what it means to live across multiple places, spaces and identities. These stories challenge Cyrus' understanding of what we have traditionally seen as the centers and margins of our societies in the 21st century. Cyrus aims to place us in the same boat, trying to capture what living in-between worlds and engaging with deep spirituality means as we try and bring hope to the present world around us. Creating safe spaces for other creatives is as much a part of Cyrus's practice as creating the content itself.

Image Credit: Lok

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Dates

13 Oct 2022

Duration 50mins (plus Q&A)

Times

Thu, 13 Oct 2022, 6:00PM

Venue

Drama Centre Rehearsal Room, Adelaide Festival Centre

Suitability

All Ages

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