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Monash Uni launches a program of music, theatre and dance, and it looks like a year-long festival

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Dance, Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Composer and former Adelaide Festival director, Paul Grabowsky, who is also the executive director of Monash Academy of Performing Arts in Melbourne, has announced the inaugural season of MLIVE – a program of Australian and international live music, theatre and dance curated “as a cultural response to Melbourne’s diverse and open-minded communities”. “We’ve assembled an incredible line-up

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Perth Festival reviews: Siren Song, Beyond Time, Repatriate, Museum of Water, Attractor

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Dance, Reviews, Stage, Theatre, Visual Arts |

Actor, writer and regular Daily Review contributor, Humphrey Bower has been engaged by the Perth Festival as a “Festival Navigator“. He navigates its first week of performances below.  The opening ceremony Gnarnk-Ba Karla Waarnginy (‘Speaking Fires of our Mother’) took place at the west end of St George’s Terrace: hardly the most obviously scenic spot, despite

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Graeme Murphy in his own words

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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)

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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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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