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The Red Detachment Of Women (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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Dance, Reviews, Stage |
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In legendary funny-man Mel Brooks’s film The Producers, a pair of hapless con artists looking to put on a flop, stage a new musical – Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp With Eva and Adolf at Berchtesgaden. It’s a show they believe so tasteless, offensive and ideologically repulsive, that audiences will be sent running. Much

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The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Finds A Moment Of Truth In Handel’s Messiah

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Live, Music, News & Commentary |

Of the “greatest hits” of the classical repertoire, few rank as highly as Handel’s sacred masterpiece, Messiah. This grand, three-part oratorio, chronicling the prophecy of the promised saviour, the birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and the foretold Second Coming, is one of the most frequently performed choral works from the Western classical music

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Blessed review (Poppy Seed Theatre Festival, Malthouse)

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Reeling from the inexplicable results of the U.S. Presidential race, I’m not afraid to admit that as I made my way into the Malthouse’s Tower studio for the opening night of Fleur Kilpatrick’s Blessed, I was in desperate need of a good night at the theatre. I couldn’t have predicted, however, that this boldfaced and

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Richard Mills on Victorian Opera’s season of fables and the fabulous

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News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

Victorian Opera’s Richard Mills isn’t just an artistic director, he’s something of an artistic philosopher as well. His approach to programming isn’t just about dealing in song and stagecraft. There’s a foundation of carefully pondered strategy behind his selections, geared towards reconciling some of the big questions of the art form: what is the future

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Victorian Opera reveals surprising 2017 season

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News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

When many of Australia’s major opera companies announce their upcoming seasons, you can invariably bet on the perennial presence of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Bizet, often in productions that are repeatedly trotted out, season after season. Not so for Victorian Opera. Unveiling its 2017 offering this evening, next year’s selection shirks the predictable and often

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Nijinsky review (Arts Centre Melbourne)

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Dance, Reviews, Stage |
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The astonishing and tragic life of Vaslav Nijinsky is, without question, a stage-worthy story. His virtuosity redefined the role of men in dance; his seismically innovative, sensuous and scandalising choreography made him the toast of the enraptured Parisian balletomanes; his turbulent romance with the impresario Sergei Diaghilev raised him to the pinnacle of ballet stardom

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The original musical bad boy: Niccolò Paganini

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Live, Music, News & Commentary |

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra are making a rare excursion out of the Baroque to celebrate one of the Romantic period’s most charismatic figures, Niccolò Paganini. Japanese-American violin virtuoso Shunsuke Sato tells Maxim Boon about the man who seduced and shocked 19th-century audiences. You’re working with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra to create historically authentic performances of

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Kevin Jackson as Nijinsky, the dancer who changed the world

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Dance, News & Commentary, Stage |

Australian Ballet principal artist Kevin Jackson performed for the first time as Nijinsky in John Neumeier’s Nijinsky last night at the State Theatre at the Arts Centre in Melbourne. Neumeier is the legendary artistic director of the the Hamburg Ballet and his production delves into the life and times of the dancer who helped change dance and the arts upside down at the

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