Written by Gareth Ellis
Meet Shelly, a ‘normal’ girl who finds herself becoming more and more fish-like every day.
Join her as she finds refuge in a world under the sea only to find that one-day even the sea is not enough, and she must search for a way to walk on land again.
This is a whimsical tale tracing the emotional landscape of the performer’s experience of losing her hearing, receiving a cochlear implant and finding her way in the world again.
The Sound of Waves combines text, sound and light to deliver a spell binding theatrical event.
A play by Gareth Ellis in collaboration with Jodie Harris (Performer), Naomi Edwards (Director), bluebottle – Frog Peck (Design & Light), Jethro Woodward (Sound & Composition), Katherine Manson (Costume), Geraldine Cook (Voice Coach).
If you are hearing impaired and wish to read the script prior to the show, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Jodie Harris in The Sound of Waves. Photo by Photobat.
The Decorated Self
“I return to jewellery in this exhibition, but it is a far cry from the exuberant and noisy youth I celebrated in the 1980s. My ‘grown up’ jewellery is just as talkative but the discourse may be better suited to women of a certain age and defiance.
My work is still devoutly decorative and suspicious of the orthodoxies of ‘good design’ and its austerity, sobriety and minimalism. I believe these tendencies persist because of the work of envious men, who have for a couple of centuries been left out of the fun and love of the ‘shiny things’; the glittering stones, the dizzying transformations and the intricate and richly female world of fashion and jewellery.”
- Kate Durham, July 2014
4 October, 1pm, Floor Talk The Decorated Self: Jewellery and Body Decoration, chaired by Jill Singer, speakers: Jane Laver – Chapel Tattoo, Richard Nylon – Milliner, Linda Jackson, Catherine Deveny & Kate Durham. Please email the gallery coordinator to book on email@example.com
Images: Necklaces, mixed media, 2014.
For over 30 years Ivana Perkins has been inspired by the changing landscape of her environment; the shape, texture and colour of organic forms has always intrigued her.
This approach to art-making connects her with the instincts and artifacts of artisans and makers across many, many centuries.
In this exhibition she explores pollen and seeds – the agents that propagate and reproduce the botanical world around us.
Ivana’s work is an oversized impression of plant organism, fabricated in mixed media and bronze, conveying botanical embryonic life forms.
- Linda Sproul, Manager Education and Community Programs, Museum Victoria
Image: Folded Leaves, 2014, 23ct gold leaf x 1, mixed media on resin black boards, 500 x 500mm; Lotus Pods Blue, 2014, solid bronze x 1, mixed media on resin black board, 500 x 500mm.
world premiere screening
ELIZABETH I: THE LAST DANCE
“… each moment is a dance which should always be lived as though it were the last dance.” - LINDSAY KEMP
In 2008, Lindsay Kemp’s production of Elizabeth I: The Last Dance was filmed in Japan. The Queen in the last hours of her life, stands immobile in the midst of her court, reliving the loves and dramas of her life, then suddenly calls for music and begins to dance to ward off the approach of death. With an original score by Carlos Miranda, this is a new work from Lindsay Kemp, who has been a major figure in dance, mime and theatre for over forty years. He has performed, choreographed and produced some of the most influential dance productions ever seen, most famously Flowers. He taught and performed with David Bowie and Kate Bush and has appeared in films by Derek Jarman and Ken Russell.
This film captures the stage presence of a great artist whose performance has always hovered achingly close to the limits of his own body, and is a rare opportunity to see the current work of one of the world’s legends of dance.
Image 1: still taken from the film, Elizabeth I: The Last Dance. Image 2: photograph by Richard Haughton.
Documented in such diverse locations as Svalbard, Iceland, the Mornington Peninsula and the Southern Ocean, Weather by Jo Daniell explores the power that nature exerts over the landscape.
Works are made in black and white to heighten the elemental drama of nature and draw attention to the often overlooked abstract elements of weather.
Image: Flinders # 1, 2/06/2012 – 4:11 PM, digital print, archival pigment inks, 1/4 + 2 AP, 605 x 900mm
This new series of maquettes by Dayne Trower is a study into the modifications made to the natural ground for the purpose of a new dwelling.
An elongated site with a gentle incline is excavated, levelled and retained through the language of concrete walls and foundations.
These actions are represented in twenty-two individual timber scale models.
Image: Ground Form 1-18, plywood, 400 x 100 x 40mm, photography Gary Smith.
Hoang Pham, with Sean Hennessy-Brose
ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the year, Hoang Pham will perform twelve eternal masterpieces from J.S. Bach (1685-1750) to Thomas Adès (1971- present) in chronological order. Each work will be discussed by pianist Sean Hennessy-Brose, who will focus on how to listen, what to listen for and how the Art of music evolved over the centuries.
This unique experience will help to equip listeners with some of the basic skills needed to appreciate classical music on a deeper level, and will be an excellent refresher course for connoisseurs. Whilst many people will have heard some of the works on the program as they are already intimately entwined in the cultural fabric of our lives, this captivating performance will help illuminate the essence of the music, and reveal its place in eternity.
Image: Hoang Pham & Sean Hennessy-Brose. Photography: Candela Photography.
by Anthony Crowley
Redemption is the gripping story of two priests who harbour a terrible secret.
One night in a remote country parish – Ben arrives at the home of Terry – his life long mentor and close friend of a retired Monsignor, accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy, thirty years ago.
Ben has been sent to investigate the allegation. Terry is a formidable force, determined to muddy the waters and restore Ben’s dwindling faith in the church.
Moment by moment the mystery binding these two men unravels, its horrible truth challenging the very fabric of the Catholic Church.
Image by Sarah Walker.
We are delighted to announce that we will be celebrating the Birthday of Dr. Barry Jones AC, a most notable public treasure, at an evening of poetry and music performed by some of his many admirers, including actor John Stanton, writer Barry Dickins, former Minister for the Arts (Victoria) Race Matthews, writer and journalist Jill Singer and the Flinders Quartet. It’s a great excuse to join us for some culture, some comedy and some cake!
PILBARA – An ancient red land being “towed away” because it’s made of pure iron. The beauty of the place hits you like a fist sized rock from the back of a road train or being attacked by a bunch of rabid dogs.
Geoffrey Falk’s exhibition is a reflection on his visits to a remote WA community, drawing and painting with the local secondary students; children of the Martu People who live in the land and the land in them.
Proceeds will be donated to World Vision’s Martu Leadership program.
Image: White Goods, 2014, Indian ink and oil paint on canvas, 460 x 460mm.
Marsupialiminal: A retrospective
“Marsupialiminal – The world is terrible. Furry animals, intrepid chickens, talking pizza. A spring roll argues with a fox terrier at the opera.
Spending the last 7 years as a full time professional political cartoonist has given me a unique insight into what it would be like to have spent the last 7 years as a full time professional political cartoonist. It is pretty good, no it is fantastic.
Life is wonderful when it isn’t dreadful. How fortunate we are those of us who are fortunate, let’s share some of it around shall we? Yes let’s.” – First Dog on the Moon, September 2014
First Dog on the Moon (aka Andrew Marlton) is the editorial cartoonist for the Guardian Australia. Winner of the 2012 Walkley Award for Cartoon, First Dog’s most recent exhibitions, The Universe According to First Dog on the Moon (2011) and A Marsupial Life (2012) were held at Platform. First Dog’s award-winning comedy stage show Cartoobs and Other Typos featured in various festivals and toured the nation.
Image: Drowning, 2012, comic print on paper, 270 x 420mm
interactive live art & performance experience
Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory world of sound, image & colour
Silhouettes, inside outside brings together classical musicians, visual artists, silhouettes, shadow art, the audience and the space within and without a giant three-sided canvas. You can listen, you can watch, or you can grab a brush and make your mark on the canvas.
Following on from the success of Paint What You Hear, Artistic Director Erica Rasmussen has created Silhouettes, inside outside to encourage adults and young people to engage with music and visual art in an innovative and interactive way. Joining her will be some of Melbourne’s best contemporary classical musicians, violinist Andrea Keeble (Ad Hoc Music Collective), flautist Elisse Kleiner and sound artist Nat Grant, visual artists Sam Haycroft (Afterwhite) and Natalya Garden-Thompson, and lighting artist Annabel Warmington (La Mama Theatre).
Silhouettes of the musicians will be created as they perform and the artists will capture their outlines. As the musicians take shape on the canvas, the audience will be invited to add colour to the silhouettes in response to the music.
Don’t forget to bring an old shirt to catch those pesky paint drops when you join in the fun.
Photo by Shadow Zone Photography. Graphic design by CDF Art Direction & Design.
'Contemporary Queensland' Exhibition
in/animate investigates tensions between nature and culture. Informed by both art and science, Louisa Ennis-Thomas’ biomorphic installations explore recurring themes of transformation, symbiosis and temporality.
Humans are antithetically at odds with, yet inextricably linked to nature.
Mimicking aspects of the natural environment, form and function combine in sculptural works which play upon binaries of organic versus constructed; real versus imagined.
Image: Of a Material Nature IV, 2013, mixed media with aluminium, 400 x 250 x 70mm.
'Contemporary Queensland' Exhibition
NORTH excerpts and essays
NORTH excerpts and essays meander the wide-ranging north Queensland landscape from Julie Poulsen’s home town of Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands onto Cooktown via the Savannah Way. The interpreted views are mixed elucidations: a broad perspective of the far north Queensland landscape.
These works are often viewed flattened and aerial to allow room for intrinsic local details. Here and there is the cat, the goat, the llama, the horse, the letter box, the mailman, the plumber, the peacock, the chook – all part of the local landscape and its ever revolving story.
Image: First Rain James Cook Drive, 2014, mixed media on canvas, 1210 x 1210mm.
fortyfivedownstairs is proud to announce the Australian premiere production of Dreamers, written by Daniel Keene and directed by Ariette Taylor.
Dreamers deals with questions at the heart of contemporary life – the struggle against intolerance, the fear of difference and a love that is perceived as inappropriate.
Dreamers explores a young man’s experience trying to establish himself in a new country, amid growing fear and animosity as he begins a relationship with an older woman who is also familiar with isolation and loneliness.
We are thrilled to bring together this extraordinary creative team for the first time in over a decade. They previously collaborated in the highly successful and ground breaking Keene Taylor Theatre Project which ran from 1997 until 2002. Together they presented seventeen seasons of works, a total of 47 productions, including full length and short plays.
Dreamers will build upon this extraordinary collaboration, whilst producing a play with searing contemporary relevance.
Image 1: Dreamers promotional image. Photo by Jeff Busby, design by Miranda Costa. Image 2: Yomal Rajasinghe & Helen Morse. Photo by Jeff Busby.
A Bent Night of Blues, Burlesque and Blame
Australia’s very own diva extraordinaire – the feather ruffler, the rabble rouser, the cabaret provocateur Yana Alana, returns with her 2013 Melbourne Cabaret Festival sell-out show Between the Cracks.
Between the Cracks, a bent night of blues, burlesque and blame, is the latest work from the team that has made Sarah Ward into Australia’s fastest rising cabaret star. In this ‘One Woman Show’ the tyrannical Yana Alana (Sarah Ward) accompanied by her long suffering accompanist Louise Goh, bares all (quite literally) through song, eccentric dance, poetry and tantrums.
A mistress at emotional manipulation and the art of entrapment, Yana Alana invites you to view the world from the heart and mind of a solipsistic, fragile and courageous diva, who is not afraid to let it all hang out. This is cabaret at its very best – incisive, hilarious, confronting, revealing and, most of all, musically divine.
Yana Alana’s Between The Cracks received the 2014 Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer and two 2014 Green Room Awards for Best Production and Best Cabaret Artiste.
Image by Peter Leslie.