Gertrude Opera’s second Culture Project, connecting opera with stories of social justice and humanitarian issues of our time, takes a Benjamin Britten Church Parable loosely based on a medieval Japanese Noh play and moulds to tell a modern tale, of a hypocritical, selfish society. Confronting the ill-treatment, abduction and death of a child, and reactions to grief-induced madness, to an exquisitely beautiful, gripping score for small chamber ensemble, we call into question society’s methods of coping with profound loss – loss of family, of house, of mind – and how we as a group treat those who think, act, or react to tragedy, differently from us.
A Gertrude Opera Culture Project
Artistic Director Linda Thompson
Designer Peter Corrigan
Lighting Greg Carroll
Costumes Amelia Carroll
Music Direction: Evan Lawson, Dr David Kram, Pam Christie, Irina Cherkasski.
Performed with chamber ensemble.
Image: Gertrude Opera.
Flight from Silence
Flight from Silence honours lost memories and untold experiences. Artists Lisa Sewards and Anna Taylor deliver bodies of work that both complement and define the other.
Taylor’s Home Sweet Home – a Memorial for families of veterans is a collection of unique state artist books which contain the stories of women and children who have vicariously experienced the impact of war. Taylor’s multi layered paintings depict key war sites referred to by the families, seen from the air.
Seward’s work illuminates war heroes of the feathered kind; the carrier pigeons who contributed toward saving countless lives during WW2. In an installation of vintage drop parachutes the avian and wartime experience of flight, risk and valour subtly converge.
Lisa Sewards: Saturday 16 May, 2pm
Anna Taylor: Saturday 23 May, 2pm
Closing drinks with the artists:
Saturday 30 May, 2pm – 4pm
(including a performance by Cate Taylor)
Images: (TOP) White Vision, 2015, Lisa Sewards, mixed media on BFK Rives 300gsm, 500mm x 600 mm, unique state. Photo
Chrisvan der Spuy. (BOTTOM) Siberia (detail), 2015, Anna Taylor, acrylic paint and ink drawing, 760mm x 760 mm. Photo Michelle Ferriera.
The Printed Painting
Gavin Brown’s exhibition The Printed Painting demonstrates a vibrancy of colour and collage.
This exhibition revisits the process of printmaking that was a hallmark of Brown’s early textile designs of the 1980s.
As an exploration of changing technological printing methods, Brown’s utilisation of a ‘low-tech’ method is reimagined in the spirit of current digital printing aesthetics. The resulting images are manipulated, split and reflected back upon themselves in Brown’s idiosyncratic style.
Image: Gavin Brown, Wings of Desire, 2015, ink and oil on canvas, 1220mm x 1530 mm
Bone Idol is the result of Chris Orr’s fascination with the manipulation of digital images as art forms.
Orr obsessively scans and photographs a chosen object to achieve optimum light and shade, revealing previously unrecognised terrains through the ensuing layers of digitised form.
The object is rinsed, saturated and drowned in colour before being blanketed in a collage of decorative stencils and architectural motifs. The result is a carnivalised catacomb of cranial confections; Bone Idol.
Image: Chris Orr, Sun Shone, 2015, digital manipulation on rag, 1000mm x 800 mm
Featuring Maude Davey, Anni Davey, Gabi Barton, Anna Lumb
Maude Davey, Anni Davey, Anna Lumb and Gabi Barton present RetroFuturismus, a new future-focussed vaudeville with a retro twist: Post-burlesque, anti internet, completely live!
RetroFuturismus will present a fabricated and tightly managed world overseen by the Davey twins channeling the visionary cultural prophets who led us into the 21st century – Fritz Lang, David Bowie, Stanley Kubrick, Bjork and more – and featuring explosive interruptions from guest artists.
RetroFuturismus is an immersive performance extravaganza presenting an alternative nostalgic vision of the present – NOW never looked more like the future!
Images: RetroFuturismus – Anni Davey & Maude Davey, Anna Lumb, Gabi Barton. Photos by Jo Duck.
Program Three: Forgotten Heroes of World War 1
SHORTS@45 is a new series of readings by authors and actors held every two months, celebrating the best short story writing at home and overseas.
Curated by Dina Ross, Program Three delves back in time to the First World War and celebrates the men and women history forgot: the doctors, the traumatised and the diggers who were the pawns of the Gallipoli campaign.
Alistair Thomson, Professor of History, Monash University, reading from Anzac Memories
Dr Ruth Lee, Deakin University, reading from Mary de Garis – War Doctor
Christopher Lee, author and screenwriter, reading from Seasons of War
Images: SHORTS@45 graphic design by Miranda Costa. (L to R): Dr Ruth Lee- image by Donna Edwards, Christopher Lee – image by Sally Wilson Photography, Alistair Thomson – photo by Mark Warren.
Emerging Artist Award 2015
fortyfivedownstairs and Future Leaders present the inaugural Emerging Artist Award 2015.
A selection of approximately 20 artworks will be chosen for a two-week exhibition from 23 June 2015 at fortyfivedownstairs, with $3000 worth of prizes awarded to the finalists whose work most closely aligns with the Award selection criteria.
Submissions for the award have now closed.
Image: fortyfivedownstairs gallery, image by Alix Bromley and Talya Chalef (2009). Design by Elle Bentley.
Solstice - of darkness and light
A solstice marks the two brief moments during an astronomical year when day and night meet as equals.
This elusive balance between dreaming and wakefulness, the conscious and the unconscious, and the natural cycles around and within us, are the focus of Solstice – of darkness and light.
An exhibition of contemporary jewellery, objects and image by Aurelia Yeomans, Inari Kiuru and Naoko Inuzuka.
Image: Inari Kiuru, Solstice, 2015, digital media
METASYSTEMS is a contemporary dance performance that analyses our human interactions with the environment from the individual to the universal.
Through the documentation and translation of the processes taking place at the construction site, METASYSTEMS is an observation of the rapidly evolving landscape we inhabit. This physically demanding and rhythmically hypnotic work creates the awareness of a world in flux, a space that is simultaneously being constructed and deconstructed.
An exhibition featuring film, explanations of the process and a series of drawings designed by architect Anna Tweeddale documenting the work.
Choreographer: James Batchelor
Visual Artist: Madeline Beckett
Performers: James, Batchelor, Emma Batchelor, Madeline Beckett, Amber McCartney
3D Printed Design: XYZ Workshop
Consulting Architect: Studio Apparatus (Anna Tweeddale)
Image: METASYSTEMS – image by James Batchelor.
by Jane Miller, directed by Alice Bishop
“You know who I am, don’t you?”
When a young man turns up on Mel and Leo’s doorstep asking for peanut butter on toast and a band aid, they want to believe he might be their missing son…but is he really who he appears to be?
And how does he know so much about hypnotizing swans?
Following the success of True Love Travels on a Gravel Road, 15 Minutes from Anywhere presents the premiere production of a dark comedy about a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a big box of Lego.
Cast: Natalie Carr, David Kambouris,
Matthew Molony, Samuel Russo
Set design: Kelsey Henderson
Lighting design: Bronwyn Pringle
Stage Manager: Hayley Fox
LIMITED EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW for performances on 10 – 14 July 2015 (subject to availability).
Image by Alice Bishop/Karen Slade – Brief Eater Design.
By Brett C. Leonard
A devastating new play exploring the impact of addiction and the aftermath of those affected. Set in the heart of America, “The Long Red Road” – a Native American term for the journey towards redemption and inner peace – is the story of Sam and Bob, two brothers struggling to move beyond years of anger and resentment. The women in their lives also seeking resolution and Sam’s young daughter desperate to reunite with her father, leaving Sam to decide if he will face his demons and those he left in their wake.
Brett C. Leonard offers a story of the wandering journey through the desert of self destruction and the six tormented souls that charter the territories known as The Long Red Road.
Directed by David Myles. Performed by Lee Mason, Mark Diaco, Marissa O’Reilly, Liza Meagher, Anjelica Angwin, & Red Horse.
Image: The Long Red Road. Photograph by Tracii Caroline, graphic design by Dark Miaco.
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 .