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Spartacus dance review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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It’s unusual to spend an evening at the ballet and think of Trump, Kim Jong-un, the #metoo movement, modern slavery, and…the rippling torso of actor Chris Hemsworth.  But The Australian Ballet’s shiny new Spartacus, choreographed by Lucas Jervies, and set to a dramatic score by Aram Khachaturian, draws on the well-told story of the heroic

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Bangarra ‘Dark Emu’ dance review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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Dance, Reviews, Stage |
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We know how this story ends, but what about the beginning? That’s the question Dark Emu forces us to ask about our understanding of how indigenous Australians lived before British colonisation. Bangarra Dance Theatre’s new production, directed by Stephen Page, and choreographed with Daniel Riley and Yolande Brown, culminates in the often-told scene of invasion.

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Film inspirations, revivals and new works in Melbourne 2019 theatre seasons

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News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

Melbourne’s two major subsidised theatre companies – Melbourne Theatre Company and Malthouse – revealed their 2019 seasons this week and if they have two things in common, it’s that theatre inspired by and/or made popular by screen versions shows no sign of waning in popularity and neither company features a big name movie star on its brochure cover. FILMIC INSPIRATIONS MALTHOUSE, which

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Blasted (Malthouse, Melbourne)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |

In 1995, the premiere of 23 year old Sarah Kane’s play Blasted unified the critics. To a man (sic), they were appalled. Their vitriol was unleashed, unhinged, even. The Daily Mail smeared: ‘A Disgusting Feast Of Filth’ across the fish’n’chip wrappings of the morrow; The Telegraph opined ‘devoid of intellectual and artistic merit’. Fellow writers defended

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Horror review (Sydney Opera House)

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I see dead people. This time in the flesh, live on stage. The real trick of Horror, a theatrical homage to silver screen scares, is that there aren’t really any tricks at all. At least of the Hollywood kind. Everything you see is real, thanks to some elastic humans and eye-popping stagecraft. It comes from

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