“Like a Michael Leunig cartoon, mysterious and pregnant with meaning…” - Chris Boyd, The Australian, 21 August 2015
Celebrating a return to the solo stage after the highly successful production THE COLLAPSIBLE MAN, Gerard Van Dyck presents a new, intimate dance theatre work.
Part nightmare, part time capsule, part gift. A surreal physical poem.
PICNIC explores notions of innocence, naivety, creativity and chaos as Gerard’s character challenges the artist’s philosophical role in society by cleverly leaping between childlike regression and adult responsibility.
PICNIC combines nuanced and athletic choreography, machine gun monologues, illusion and intelligent humour to present an absurd meditation on the importance of creativity.
Conceived, choreographed and performed by Gerard Van Dyck. Writer: Marieke Hardy. Composer: Alisdair Macindoe.
The performances on Sunday 23 August (including Q&A) and Thursday 27 August will be Auslan interpreted. Companion cardholders receive one free ticket (phone & door bookings only).
To download a copy of the PICNIC program please visit http://www.kage.com.au/project/picnic/description
Image by Jeff Busby.
Rodney Schaffer’s photographic series Luna is an exploration of the perception and interaction with one’s surroundings.
The series utilises urban and rural elements of the Australian landscape as a specific vehicle for how we interpret what is around us.
The European in Australia. A young community in an ancient place. A collision of cultures.
Image: Rod Schaffer, Crocodylus Porosus, 2015, archival pigment on cotton rag print, 600mm x 800 mm
Is This How You Feel?
Australia’s leading climate researchers respond to the question, “How does climate change make you feel?” in an exhibition showcasing their hand-written letters collected by Science Communicator Joe Duggan.
These researchers have dedicated their lives to understanding climate change, but this is the first time they have been asked to describe their feelings. They write with passion, stepping away from the clinical and sterile prose common in research. The letters show raw, heartfelt emotion. Fear, anxiety, despair, hope.
This exhibition has been made possible by National Science Week 2015 and Inspiring Australia.
Left Bauer Productions
The Age (review from 2014 season)
Inspired by Maria Callas’ 1971 visit to New York’s Juilliard School of Music, Terrence McNally’s Master Class is a searing, funny and touching depiction of opera’s most beloved diva.
At the time, Callas’ own career singing on the world’s great stages had drawn to a close, her voice a shadow of its former glory. Six years later, Callas’ death at the age of fifty three sealed her legend as a real life tragic heroine.
Featuring stage and screen star Maria Mercedes as Callas and three of Australia’s most exciting young operatic talents, Master Class shares the wisdom, humour and torment of a woman who knows what it takes to live the dream.
Image: Masterclass. Photographer: Sarah Walker .
★★★★ “It’s hard to imagine anyone giving a better performance as Maria Callas in the hit Broadway play Master Class than Maria Mercedes does here; in fact, it’s a role she seems born to play.” Jo Litson, Sunday Telegraph
“Mercedes is magnetic when expertly masking the emptiness beneath the contained surface.” Deborah Jones, The Australian
“Master Class is truly a master class in performance and presentation, a lesson in excellence. Brava!” Richard Cotter, Australian Stage
Curated by Claire McArdle and Chloë Powell
The carousel turns and with each revolution comes an evolution, as familiar views are given fresh insight. And so it is in contemporary jewellery and object, as new generations of artists climb aboard. From old ideas spring new revelations, familiar forms become strange under new hands and well-loved materials produce striking innovations.
Carousel is a snapshot of this particular moment in contemporary jewellery and object. The exhibition frames eleven early career artists from Australia, Austria, Finland, Germany, New Zealand and Thailand at a crucial point on their trajectory, between graduation and life as an established artist.
In association with Radiant Pavilion.
Image: Sian Edwards, Laced Monitor (stole), 2014, brass mesh, gold plated sterling silver, onyx beads, approx 115 x 20 x 1cm (laying flat)
Shaun Tan, Courtney Jackson, Marcos Guzman & Inari Kiuru
“Go, said the bird, for the leaves were full of children,
Hidden excitedly, containing laughter.
Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.”
T. S. Eliot, 1935
An extract from Burnt Norton (Quartet One), Four Quartets
Go, said the bird borrows its title from a poem by T.S. Eliot. The exhibition presents the work of four artists who examine the ambiguous nature of time through images, objects and jewellery.
In association with Radiant Pavilion.
Image: Shaun Tan, The crossing, 2015, oil on canvas.
Mr Modi's Inheritance
Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister of India on 26 May 2014. As a child, he helped his father sell tea at the Vadnagar railway station. He is now the democratically elected leader of 1.21 billion people.
This exhibition was created in and around New Delhi in the month prior to Modi’s election victory. The social problems he has inherited seem almost insurmountable. However, they are addressed each day by a people with boundless optimism, a dogged will to survive, and an ability to create things of beauty out of the most desperate circumstances.
The layers of societal and cultural complexity are echoed in the layering of the large giclee prints. By digitally manipulating the photographs and ensuing imagery, complex webs of untold stories begin to emerge.
Image: Mark Chew, Books, 2014, 140 x 105cm, giclee print
The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room is an exhibition of prints, drawings and bas reliefs created by James Yuncken at intervals over a period between 1990 and 2009.
At each interval a different creative impulse prevailed. The Drawing Room is set up to display not only the art created at each interval, but also the impulses that fed the creative processes at each distinct phase.
Not only an exhibition, The Drawing Room is an interior space furnished and replete with materials and writings. Visitors can sit and contemplate, if they wish, not only the artworks, but the materials and thoughts that formed the influences and motivations underlying them.
Watch This presents
by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth
It’s Robert’s birthday – he’s turning 35 and his closest friends are throwing him a surprise party. Witty and well-liked, living in the heart of New York and dating three gorgeous women, Robert has it all … so why can’t he blow out the candles on his birthday cake and make a wish? Each attempt triggers the next turn in Sondheim’s beloved ‘concept musical’. Company examines the affairs of the heart: can a sophisticated person in the anxious atmosphere of a major metropolis function happily in a marriage, sustain an emotional connection or even recognise love? Via the uncertain romantic Robert, Sondheim windows into the lives of five married couples and three women to explore these ideas in all their hilarity and complexity.
Director, Kat Henry; Starring Johanna Allen, Bianca Baykara, Sally Bourne, Gillian Cosgriff, Nathan Carter, Mark Dickinson, Nelson Gardner, Madeleine Mackenzie, Nicole Melloy, John O’Hara, Tim Paige, Sonya Suares, Carina Waye and Nick Simpson-Deeks as Robert; Music Director, Lucy O’Brien; Choreographer, Michael Ralph; Set Design, Eugyeene Teh; Costume Design, Zoë Rouse; Lighting Design, Rob Sowinski.
Something Special, Something Rare
SHORTS@45 is delighted to be partnering with Black Inc. Publishing for the upcoming program on Monday 21 September. An evening of short stories by contemporary Australian women, from the collection, Something Special, Something Rare.
Program contributors include:
Complimentary glass of wine or soft drink on arrival with every ticket purchase
SHORTS@45 is delighted to be partnering with Collins Booksellers to deliver this program.
Hill of Content will be selling a selection of books at the event.
Exhibition and music
A visual and musical celebration of Italian Culture
fortyfivedownstairs in association with the Melbourne Festival presents:
A magical dream of Venice comes to Melbourne with the combination of music and art inspired by Claudio Monteverdi, master of music at St. Mark’s Basilica from 1613.
Multi award winning artist Angela Cavalieri returns from a residency at Venice’s La Scuola Grafica Internationale with new works based on Monteverdi’s final opera, and monumental prints that take his Madrigals of War and Peace as their starting point. The exhibition is a culmination of Angela’s exploration of music as storytelling from the last four years including her Creative Fellowship at State Library Victoria.
Admission to the exhibition is free outside performance times.
The spectacular installation is accompanied by two distinct and immersive music programs.
Variations is an inspired program tracing four centuries of music influenced by Monteverdi presented by the virtuoso contemporary performance group Press, Play featuring Sonya Lifschitz (piano), Laila Engle (flute), Callum Moncrief (percussion), Alexandra Sherman (mezzo soprano) and Tabatha McFadyen (soprano).
Cantations features the exquisite historically accurate performances of the music of Monteverdi by harpsichordist John O’Donnell and singers from Accademia Arcadia.
Images: Angela Cavalieri, Pur ti miro, pur ti godo, 2011, hand printed linocut, oil on canvas. Commissioned with the support of Leon and Sandra Velik. Arts Centre Melbourne Collection; Photo courtesy Sonya Lifschitz; Angela Cavalieri, Ragionando, 2015, hand printed linocut and acrylic on canvas.
Off Track - On Site
Contemporary watercolourist Terry Swann’s exhibition Off Track – On Site is a journey of exploration into the heart of remote Australia.
From the technicolour desert country along the Oodnadatta Track to the blackened remains of bushfire-affected NSW and on to the rare wonder of the Pilbara in the wet, this is a collection of quintessentially Australian landscapes reimagined through Swann’s emotional perspective.
9000 vinyl records
9000 vinyl records displays artist Stephen Williams’ personal collection of original first pressing soul records and record sleeves, combining them with a complete indexed catalogue, text, video and recorded music which relate directly to the records themselves.
The exhibition explores the aesthetics of the archive including collecting, cataloguing and display of archival objects. It examines how personal choices have informed the development of the archive, how collecting might relate to obsessive compulsive behaviour and how taste, aesthetic judgement and fetishism shape the development of an archive.
9000 vinyl records challenges the viewer to think about their relationship to objects and to reflect on their own impulses to collect.