Left Bauer Productions
“Maria Mercedes… is sensational as Maria Callas”
Australian Book Review
Inspired by Maria Callas’ famous 1971 visit to New York’s Juilliard School of Music, Master Class is an insightful look into the life and art of opera’s most beloved and controversial 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.
Starring Maria Mercedes and featuring three of Melbourne’s most exciting young operatic talents (Georgia Wilkinson, Robert Barbaro and Anna Louise Cole), Master Class sees Callas prod and provoke her students in a searing, funny and touching depiction of a woman who knows what it takes to walk the high wire and the sacrifices required to attain the dream. Forty years later, Callas’ story as a woman forced to choose between professional power and a personal life remains as relevant as ever.
Image: Masterclass. Photographer: Sarah Walker .
by Jane Cafarella
The Journey is a tender and illuminating play about one of the most emotional and controversial issues of our time – infertility.
A two-hander, directed by Brenda Palmer and featuring Carolyn Masson and Sarah Ranken, it focuses on the intimate relationship between an intended mother in the United Kingdom and the surrogate she hires in the United States.
Written by former Age journalist Jane Cafarella, it was inspired by interviews with infertile women in Australia and in Thailand and online surrogacy communities.
Jane has had various short plays and monologues produced in Australia, and in Singapore, where she now lives. This is her first full-length play.
Proudly supported by the City of Stonnington.
James Yuncken returns to fortyfivedownstairs with Places Nearby; an exhibition that captures scenes of inner Melbourne at a time in its history when self-confidence is flowering like perhaps never before.
The cultural cringe is in recession and we have attained a level of sophistication and maturity that is starting to measure up. Gone is the necessity to flee this city in the search.
Places Nearby is James’ perspective on that Melbourne, from places near where he lives and works, reflecting that new-found self-confidence.
Image: The Max, Brunswick St, afternoon of 3rd October, 2012, acrylic on board, 840 x 1120mm.
Part of exhibition Places Nearby
with James Yuncken
James Yuncken returns to fortyfivedownstairs with his latest exhibition Places Nearby.
As part of his exhibition, James will be taking a select group on a private walking tour of the Fitzroy precinct and visit to his artist studio.
Meeting at the BlackCat in Fitzroy at 10.30am Saturday 6 September, you will take a short walk through laneways and street art to his artist studio on Little Smith Street. From there James will conduct a ‘show and tell’ of his studio over a light brunch. Take a leisurely half hour walk through Gertrude Street shops and Fitzroy gardens, finishing at fortyfivedownstairs where you will be served a glass of tipple on arrival and have James personally talk you through his exhibition.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Imperfect and Pervasive
Mans impact on the world is dramatic and extraordinary, and the consequences are increasingly deviant and freakish. Things we never thought possible are dictating our lives and the boundaries between mans world and the wild environment are interacting like never before. This will be an exhibition that reflects on the repercussions of this for us as individuals, and as a part of the bigger picture.
Catherine Hull Sinclair is intrigued at how nature finds new ways of existing as a result of Mans brutal impact on the environment. Robyn Rich reflects on our mania for creating the perfect environment and the unnatural obsessions this creates in our mind. Terry Barclay creates sculptures that are half animal half mechanism. They appear surreal – but are they?
Image: The Protector (detail) by Robyn Rich, 2014, oil on canvas, 560 x 560mm; Fish Steamer (detail) by Terry Barclay, 2014, painted timber and copper, 600 x 600 x 600mm; An Eye for a Pear (detail) by Catherine Hull Sinclair, 2014, oil on wood, 195 x 180mm.
Co-produced by fortyfivedownstairs & HeLD Productions.
‘I followed him one morning, in the car, in my pyjamas.
He didn’t see me.
I don’t know what I was expecting to find.’
How do you grieve for someone you shared a life with, when that life was a lie? Waking Up Dead: an intimate journey of love, betrayal, and the subjective nature of memory.
Award winning team: writer Trudy Hellier, director Susie Dee, performer Caroline Lee and artist Callum Morton, come together to create Waking Up Dead, an evocative new work that will intrigue as it unfolds in a visually arresting, emotional landscape.
A woman loses her husband under shocking circumstances that simultaneously expose his elaborate double life.
In an intimate atmosphere of suspense, she slowly reveals a picture of their lost relationship… or at the very least, one version of it.
Image: Waking Up Dead – Caroline Lee. Photo by Callum Morton.
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
The Decorated Self: A Film by Timothy Potter, Playmate Media, soon to be released on YouTube.
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
Saturday 20 September, 1pm: Artist’s Talk with Kate Durham and Ivana Perkins, hosted by Deborah Thomas, former editor and publisher of Women’s Weekly ACP, director of media public affairs and brand management for Bauer media. To book please email email@example.com
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.
Artist & Floor Talks
20 September Artist Talk with Kate Durham and Ivana Perkins, hosted by Deborah Thomas, former editor and publisher of Women’s Weekly ACP, director of media public affairs and brand management for Bauer media.
27 September Floor Talk Jewels and Treasures – Fondly Buried or Reborn, chaired by Jill Singer, speakers Amanda Smith, Catherine Deveny, Ramona Koval, Susan Cohn & Janet Whiting.
4 October Floor Talk The Decorated Self: Jewellery and Body Decoration, chaired by Jill Singer, speakers: Jane Laver – Chapel Tattoo, Richard Nylon – Milliner & Kate Durham.
Please email the gallery coordinator to book on firstname.lastname@example.org
Presented by THE COLLECTIVE
Atlanta, Georgia. 1913. Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jew, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ.
With the whole town screaming for justice, his only defenders are a governor with a conscience and his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength to become his greatest champion.
This mysterious and glorious musical by award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, tells the true story of a landmark American court case that provided one of the world’s earliest examples of sensationalist media. With a score and book to die for, you don’t want to miss Parade.
MATINEE PERFORMANCE FOR SCHOOLS: Wednesday 17th September, 1pm. $35 student tickets are available for this performance and for every 10 tickets booked, we will provide a complimentary teacher ticket. Please contact email@example.com or (03) 9662 9966 for more info.
Image: Parade. Design by Dean Gordon .
New Music Network presents
After the Light
After the Light sees three of Melbourne’s most acclaimed and diverse artists come together for the birth of new project ‘press, play’. The universes of pianist Sonya Lifschitz, percussionist Leah Scholes and flutist Lina Andonovska have collided as they set about to interpret and re-image modern masterpieces.
The three originate from different countries with distinctly evocative landscapes that have profoundly shaped their creative sensibilities. The program explores the immensity, beauty and power of landscape, centred around Andrew Byrne’s acclaimed White Bone County which will have its Australian premiere in this concert. This work is inspired by Australian landscape painter Fred Williams’ evocative statement ‘To see the desert is like peeling the skin off a landscape’. Also in the program will be John Luther Adams’ After the Light, whose music is famously embedded in the magic beauty and starkness of the Alaskan tundra.
Image: Lina Andonovska, Leah Scholes, Sonya Lifschitz. Photographer: Asher Floyd .
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).
Image: The Sound of Waves. Photo by Ivanka Sokol.
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.
PILBARA - 45 centigrade in the dry, cyclones in the wet. 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 eight rabid dogs.
Geoffrey Falks’s exhibition PILBARA is a reflection on his visits to the remote community of Warralong, WA where a friend and family member teaches secondary school indigenous children.
“As an artist and architect, to paint and draw with the kids at the school was an inspiring and joyful experience. Drawing and painting, for them, is an expression of an awesome and innate spatial and environmental awareness. It’s also done with an open acceptance of external influence; superheroes and footballers are favourite subjects.
fortyfivedownstairs is proud to announce the Australian premiere production of Dreamers, written by Daniel Keene and directed by Ariette Taylor.
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.
Daniel Keene’s work has been performed in Europe, China & Australia. In Australia it has been presented by Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company. He is 2 times winner of Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and 3 times winner of NSW Premier’s Literary Award.
Ariette Taylor’s directorial work has been seen nationally and internationally including Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company. She has been awarded a Green Room Award and Unesco Prize for Promotion of the Arts.
STRICTLY LIMITED EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PERFORMANCES ON THE 9 – 14 NOVEMBER!