Features

From warehouse to Powerhouse: Soft Centre is hard-wired for shaking up festivals format

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Festivals, News & Commentary |

The creation of co-directors Jemma Cole, Sam Whiteside and Thorsten Hertog, Soft Centre is an experimental electronic music and multidisciplinary arts festival held annually at Sydney’s Casula Powerhouse. An amalgamation of the various warehouse party communities that have marked Sydney’s underground movement in recent years, the one-day event seeks to redefine the festival experience via

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OzAsia Festival 2019 program

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Festivals, News & Commentary |

Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell talks about this year’s OzAsia line-up with Murray Bramwell. * Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival has come a long way since its inception in 2006. Initiated by Adelaide Festival Centre CEO Douglas Gautier, who brought his extensive list of contacts from the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the program remained in the capable hands

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On arts and irrigation funding

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News & Commentary |

Mid-summer, one of the searing images burnt into our collective memory was the millions of dead fish floating in the Darling River at Menindee. Extreme climate conditions, drought, low flows and irrigators pumping too much water upstream were all cited as factors in the devastation. The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) manages the operation of

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Reviews

Ghost Sonata review (Opera Australia scenery workshop, Sydney)

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Opera, Reviews, Stage |
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We’re not in the Opera House anymore, Toto. It’s cold. The seats are uncomfortably plastic. And the opera is unlike any you’ve probably experienced before. In fact, the drafty, dusty setting – a warehouse in post-industrial Surry Hills, Opera Australia’s scenery workshop by day – befits the creepy nature of the work at hand. But

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Caroline, or Change theatre review (Hayes Theatre, Sydney)

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Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
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As the lonely, sex-starved, pill-popping housewife Harper Pitt said to the mannequin in the Mormon Center diorama: “How do people change?” “Well,” the mannequin responds, “it has something to do with God so it’s not very nice. God splits the skin with a jagged thumbnail from throat to belly and then plunges a huge filthy

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Chicago review (Capitol Theatre, Sydney)

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Musicals, Reviews, Stage |
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There’s a great scene in the often great Fosse/Verdon, the recent TV bio-series, if we’re to believe it, showing a tense rehearsal of Chicago’s final number before its Broadway debut in 1975. Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb have delivered a closing song for the character of Roxy, the cheeky Nowadays. It’s the perfect

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The Bacchae theatre review (La Mama, Melbourne)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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Rob Reid’s production of The Bacchae (a co-production of Melbourne’s La Mama, and Monash University Student Theatre) at the La Mama Courthouse last month was epic, writes Toby Manderson-Galvin… It was a production,”the likes of which has not appeared in Melbourne, at the very least, in the past couple of decades – but truly, I dare

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