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REVIEW: Cinematic Orchestra | Hamer Hall, Melbourne

REVIEW: Cinematic Orchestra | Hamer Hall, Melbourne

The Cinematic Orchestra played for one magical night during the Melbourne Festival. Every member brought something dazzling to the stage of Hamer Hall.

REVIEW: The Shadow King | Malthouse Theatre

REVIEW: The Shadow King | Malthouse Theatre

In this adaptation for the Malthouse Theatre, King Lear is an indigenous Australian and his kingdom is the outback. The messages inherent in Shakespeare’s original script align powerfully.

REVIEW: Brief Encounter (Melbourne Festival) | Athenaeum Theatre

REVIEW: Brief Encounter (Melbourne Festival) | Athenaeum Theatre

Brief Encounter will charm your socks off. The British import production for the Melbourne Festival breathes new life into Noel Coward's nostalgic play.

REVIEW: Double Think (Melbourne Festival) | Arts House

REVIEW: Double Think (Melbourne Festival) | Arts House

This dance work, a new creation from choreographer/director Byron Perry, works well as a brief little satire on the human bias toward imaging the world in dualist categories, and particularly in terms of binary oppositions. I have to quote the program here, because I really like their way of describing the show: “Through movement-based conversations, […]

INTERVIEW: Elsie de Brauw on Opening Night at the MIAF

INTERVIEW: Elsie de Brauw on Opening Night at the MIAF

Actress Elsie de Brauw is in Melbourne town this week for the International Arts Festival. She’s starring in Opening Night, renowned Belgian director Ivo van Hove’s adaptation, with Amsterdam’s Toneelgroep, of the 1977 film of the same name, by John Cassavetes. In that film, Cassavetes, performing opposite Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara, depicts the progress […]

REVIEW: Life Without Me | Sumner Theatre, Melbourne

REVIEW: Life Without Me | Sumner Theatre, Melbourne

Dale Ferguson’s set is astonishing. Every three-stars-or-less crummy hotel foyer you’ve ever encountered sprawls ubiquitously across the vast Sumner Theatre stage; a pastiche of beige carpet, peeling wallpaper, fake wood panelling, faded leather couches, wrought iron side tables and plastic pot plants — a meticulously crafted nightmare for anyone who has travelled on a budget. […]

INTERVIEW: Tai Wei Foo on Robert Lepage and the MIAF

INTERVIEW: Tai Wei Foo on Robert Lepage and the MIAF

The Melbourne International Arts Festival kicks off this Friday with, among other things, The Blue Dragon, the latest high-tech-high-art spectacle from famed French-Canadian director Robert Lepage. It’s his sequel to The Dragons’ Trilogy, an auteur classic that established Lepage’s international reputation in the mid eighties. The Dragons’ Trilogy ended (after six hours) with Pierre Lamontagne, […]

INTERVIEW: Conor Lovett on Samuel Beckett and the MIAF

INTERVIEW: Conor Lovett on Samuel Beckett and the MIAF

“I find working with Beckett to be a joyous experience. Not the individual moments, this or that poignant passage, but his skill and genius is so, so graceful, and uplifting. I’m constantly inspired by it.” That’s Conor Lovett, currently touted as one of the world’s foremost Beckett specialists. He has just left Brisbane after performing […]

INTERVIEW: Heiner Goebbels, on absence and MIAF

INTERVIEW: Heiner Goebbels, on absence and MIAF

Stifter’s Things is a composition for five pianos with no pianists. It is a play without actors. It is a performance without performers. Instead, things are placed before us, beautiful things from ages past, things that have fallen into decay but which have been restored or renovated or reinvented. The performance is the presence which […]

Melbourne International Arts Festival: Curtain Call preview

Melbourne International Arts Festival: Curtain Call preview

As explained last week, Curtain Call hearts arts festivals. Short of somehow evolving a fully integrated arts culture, a society where the arts are not only valued but are regarded as intrinsic to the moral-civil-imaginative life of a city, festivals are the best way of engaging people with their local arts community, and also of […]