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Graeme Murphy in his own words

Dance, News & Commentary, Stage |

This autumn in Melbourne and Sydney, the Australian Ballet will present Murphy, a tribute in dance to the legendary dancer and choreographer Graeme Murphy. In his 50 plus year career, Murphy has choreographed and directed dozens of dance and opera productions around the world with his signature physicality, humour and an unwavering commitment to beauty

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My Name is Jimi review (Sydney Festival)

Dance, Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

“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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Survey finds 14 per cent of theatre workers experience ‘sexual assault’

Dance, Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

A survey of theatre workers has found 40% to 50% of them had experienced sexual harassment including “unwanted familiarity, leering and unpleasant jokes”, 14% said they had been sexually assaulted, 11% had been the victims of physical assault and 10% had been stalked by a co-worker.  The report also found 9% had experienced indecent exposure. The report was commissioned by

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How much longer will it be before our arts companies are no longer run by artists?

Dance, Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

The acclaimed lighting designer Nick Schlieper delivered the 2017 Philip Parsons Lecture this week in Sydney at Belvoir Theatre. His address makes for sobering reading about the state of our state theatre and opera companies. Schlieper describes how an increasing reliance on box office, corporate sponsorship and philanthropy has led to safer, blander programming and fewer opportunities

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Sydney Festival reveals full 2018 program, tapping into politics and the city’s heart


Adelaide Festival yesterday announced its 2018 program, made up of more than ten high-profile Adelaide exclusives. But Sydney Festival’s Artistic Director Wesley Enoch today releases his 2018 program, saying that Australia’s major festival directors need to: “release ourselves from the needs to have exclusives and premieres and go ‘what’s right for the cultural life of the city?

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Adelaide Festival reveals 2018 line-up, including Grace Jones & Ivo van Hove


Adelaide Festival’s joint Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy today announced a 2018 program with several high-profile exclusives, and extended their contract until 2021. The pair were initially contracted for 2017 through 2019, but the Festival Board has opted to keep them onboard for another two festivals, including the 60th anniversary in 2020. This extension of their

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Calls for Turnbull government to support live performance as audience growth remains slow


While Australia’s live performance industry grew its revenue and ticket sales in 2016, industry body Live Performance Australia (LPA) is calling on the Turnbull Government to step up and make good on its innovation and jobs agenda for the sector. The industry last year made $1.43 billion with 18.78 million tickets sold to performances. Those figures represent

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Yothu Yindi reforms for 25th anniversary of Treaty at Sydney Opera House’s Homeground


In 1991, Australian band Yothu Yindi had an unexpected dancefloor hit with Treaty, a song responding to then Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s promise of a treaty between black and white Australia. The track, performed in both English and Yolngu language, not only charted in Australia, but went to number 6 on the US Dance Club Songs chart with the Filthy Lucre

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