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30 international artists to track in 2018

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News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

As I type, artists are positively changing our shared world. They are out there contributing toward peace, making work in conflict zones, growing understanding and awareness, facing misrepresentation, and organising for social change. Last summer I wrote about the international project Global Water Dances as an example of collective impact by artists; now I present

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Melbourne’s Arts House announces Season One 2018

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Melbourne’s Arts House, based in the former North Melbourne Town Hall has announced the program for its Festival of Live Art. Commencing in March produced in partnership with Theatre Works and Footscray Community Arts Centre. The key words here are “experimental, innovation, participatory and interactive”. As its acting director Josh Wright puts it: “The festival is what

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Tribunal theatre review (Carriageworks, Sydney)

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A didgeridoo plays, a dark ceiling is lit with starry effects, a simple Afghan mat is laid out, a few chairs sit either side. Tall stacks of brown filing boxes are neatly lined up backstage. Aunty Rhonda Dixon Grovenor, a Darug/Yuin elder, walks on stage and maps out the peoples of the Sydney region. She

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Brink’s ‘Memorial’ premieres at the Adelaide Festival as acknowledgement of the Centenary of Armistice Day

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Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

In all senses, Memorial from SA theatre company Brink Productions (to be performed at Adelaide’s Dunstan Playhouse from March 1-6), is a winding back to the fundamentals of storytelling. At its core sit two very ancient forms of the craft. The first is one of our earliest seminal stories – Homer’s Iliad. In 2011, the

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Playwright Simon Stephens on maths, music and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Screen, Stage, Theatre |

Last week, Simon Stephens, 46, was on Melbourne public radio station, Triple R chatting about music and his ‘90s youth spent Dj-ing and in the Scottish art-punk band, Country Teasers. (The band’s albums include Satan Is Real Again, or Feeling Good About Bad Thoughts and Destroy All Human Life). The program also took time to include

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My Name is Jimi review (Sydney Festival)

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“No. No, they still remain in Europe.” They are seven of the most powerful words spoken in My Name is Jimi, and they are spoken quietly by the grandmother of the show’s star, Jimi Bani. You might know Bani from characters he plays in Redfern Now, The Straits or Mabo (where he played the title

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The world’s largest directory of Australian stage performances, AusStage, is under threat

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

AusStage is an online index of live performances by Australians since the 18th century. It is said to be the only repository of Australian performing arts in the world and the most comprehensive record of Australian live theatre ever compiled. Its database includes live performances that have taken place in Australia and stage plays that have been written, directed, produced or

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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How do you portray autism on stage? Casting an actor playing someone with autism is one thing, but how do you get inside his mind? How can theatre communicate the interior world of a 15-year-old boy? A kid whose prodigious gift for mathematics and knowledge of space makes him special, but whose ability to navigate

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Circus Oz Model Citizens review (Prince Alfred Square, Sydney)

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The opening scenes of Circus Oz’s Model Citizens poke fun at suburban conformity. The cast dresses in a uniform hospital blue colour, three members return as ballet-dancing sheep, and it wraps up with a satirical song by Freyja Edney about buying into organic food and tolerating diversity but not wanting it in ‘my backyard’. Entering the

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