Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky

 Melbourne Ikebana Festival

Presented by Melbourne Ikebana Festival


Concert Postponed: Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky

Due to ongoing restrictions, we regret to advise that Ikebana Performance with Paul Grabowsky on Saturday 11 September has been postponed until 2022.

Ticketholders can either retain their current ticket for the rescheduled concert, or receive a refund through their original point of purchase. If you have any questions or concerns about this concert postponement, please contact our Ticketing Services team at boxoffice@melbournerecital.com.au

Event details

In the 16th century, a seminal ikebana artist Senno Ikenobo raised the idea that Ikebana should be created based on the essence of flowers rather than their image.

The aim is to represent the essence of the universe, which Shoso calls Wa: Fluid Harmony in his performance. Ikebana in this sense is abstract assemblage rather than floral decoration.

Some contemporary artists used performance to show that the artist’s creative act is equally as important as the artwork itself. Ikebana performance similarly aims to shift attention from the artwork to the artist’s action. Art exists in real space and real time and Grabowsky’s music becomes part of the materials as Shoso brings the piece together. The emerging work is a dynamic matrix, an interplay of symmetries and asymmetries in harmony with the music.

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Paul Grabowsky piano
Shoso Shimbo Ikebana performance