Postcard from Dance Massive 2019 (Melbourne)

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Humphrey Bower reviews the following shows from Dance Massive held at various venues in Melbourne, March 12-24: Luke George and Collaborators, Public Actions Atlanta Eke, The Tennis Piece Stephanie Lake, The Skeleton Tree Marrugeku, Le Dernier Appel/The Last Cry Joel Bray, Biladurang Russell Dumas, Cultural Residues 2020  * How can dance intervene in the world? And

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Mosquitoes review (Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House)

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How did a precociously young British woman become one of the most performed contemporary playwrights in the English language theatre? Almost exclusively through merit, it must be said, so you can’t blame the Sydney Theatre Company for serving up a third Lucy Kirkwood play in as many years, following Chimerica in 2017 and The Children

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Single Asian Female review (Arts Centre Melbourne)

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When Michelle Law’s semi-autobiographical play Single Asian Female debuted in 2017, it was celebrated as a potential game-changer, remarkable in that its three main female characters were all Chinese-Australian. It was an acknowledgement of the fact that seeing yourself reflected on film, on TV, on stage, isn’t just some vanity exercise. It’s powerful, it’s validation,

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Vallejo Gantner on being artistic director of the Onassis Foundation

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It was mid-February in Athens and cold and sunny as we sat on the balcony of an apartment sipping cloudy ouzo and eating salty olives. Vallejo Gantner and I did this almost every afternoon to celebrate another day’s end of Athens Burns Bright; Creative Ecology Tour. “Mate, I signed the contract, it’s real, it’s happening,” Gantner said, breathing out a big

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The Last Five Years theatre review (Ensemble Theatre, Sydney)

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Ninety minutes. Forteen numbers. Two actors. One love story. Sounds easy enough, right? The Last Five Years, like successful relationships, is harder than it looks. Jason Robert Brown’s 2001 song cycle of love won and lost is a precocious early-career project fiendishly difficult to perform (and revered by musical theatre heads as a result). The

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David O’Doherty review (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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After last year’s show, I was keen to see where David O’Doherty was at; one year older, wiser, maybe even funnier. Like last year, O’Doherty begins low-key. He wanders on stage as people are still finding seats and starts speaking almost before anyone has noticed this slightly disheveled guy is, in fact, the main act. The disarming charm and cruisy

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