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 Internazionale di Grafica 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.
This spectacular installation is illuminated through sound by two sublime and beguiling live music programs: Variations and Cantations
We are pleased to present an exciting program of free events over the course of the exhibition CANZONE – Music as Storytelling.
The Art of the Word: Floor talk and presentation by Angela Cavalieri and Dr Colin Holden
Thursday 8 October 6.00-6.30pm
Join Angela Cavalieri and Dr Colin Holden as they discuss the significance of words and text in relation to Monteverdi’s madrigals.
Monteverdi: Master of Passions
Saturday 10 October 12.30-1.00pm
Hear John O’Donnell, acclaimed harpsichordist and Monteverdi scholar as he speaks about the man behind some of the world’s most legendary music.
Meet the Artist
Saturday 17 October 12.30pm
Image: 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;
CANZONE - Music as Storytelling
Press, Play invite you on an impassioned musical and visual journey as words, sounds, and images collide and coalesce. Led by critically-acclaimed pianist Sonya Lifschitz, contemporary ensemble Press, Play takes the sensuous splendor of Monteverdi’s madrigals as a departure point to create Variations – an inspired musical journey in time from the sumptuous beauty of High Renaissance, via the liturgical purity of Baroque, to the unpredictable whimsy of modernity.
Featuring Sonya Lifschitz (piano), Laila Engle (flute), Callum Moncrief (percussion), Alexandra Sherman (mezzo soprano) and Tabatha McFadyen (soprano).
MONTEVERDI (ARR. P. SARCICH) / Con Che Soavita
SAARIAHO / Si Dolce è il Tormento
MONTEVERDI (ARR. P. SARCICH) / Si Dolce è il Tormento
CRUMB / Little Suite for Christmas (selections)
MONTEVERDI (ARR. SARCICH) / Lamento d’Arianna
BACH (ARR. J. BRAHMS and E. MORENO) / Chaconne in D minor
MONTEVERDI (ARR. T. MUNRO) / Lamento della Ninfa
SCELSI / Hyxos
MONTEVERDI (ARR. P. SARCICH) / Pur ti Miro, Pur ti Godo (from L’incoronazione di Poppea)
CANZONE - Music as Storytelling
Cantations features the historically accurate performance of leading Monteverdi scholar and harpsichordist John O’Donnell and the singers of Accademia Arcadia. The program features works from Monteverdi’s 7th and 8th book of Madrigals, as well as his contemporaries Giovanni Picchi and Girolamo Frescobaldi. All three died in 1643.
Featuring John O’Donnell (harpsichord), Jerzy Kozlowski (bass), Dan Walker (tenor), Michelle Clark (soprano) and Christopher Roache (tenor and counter tenor).
MONTEVERDI / Ninfa che scalza il piede from the 8th Book of Madrigals
MONTEVERDI / Con che soavita from the 7th Book of Madrigals
MONTEVERDI / Pur ti miro, pur ti godo from L’Incoronazione di Poppea
PICCHI / Toccata
MONTEVERDI / Mentre vaga Angioletta from the 8th Book of Madrigals
MONTEVERDI /Gira el nemico from the 8th Book of Madrigals
FRESCOBALDI / Cento partite sopra passacagli
MONTEVERDI / Amor: Lamento della Ninfa from 8th Book of Madrigals
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.
Platform and Straightjacket Productions
Presented by Platform in collaboration with Straightjacket Productions, Someone Like Thomas Banks is a one-man show featuring performer, writer and disability advocate Thomas Banks. This is Thomas’ story and of courage and defiance while searching for love and claiming his identity.
While the combined expression of self and persona is poignant, intimate and revelatory; the overall concept is light-hearted and funny. Someone like Thomas Banks, a one night date with disability. Interactions with strangers, potential lovers and would be friends about confusion, communication and connection.
Audience access and directions
All audience access, drop off, pick up and ticket collection will be via the stage-door fortyfivedownstairs theatre. Follow the ushers and signage to Spark Lane off Flinders Street. More details to follow shortly.
Auslan Interpreted Performances:
Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October 8pm
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November 5pm
Look up - Brave up
As happens in life, we get thrown the unexpected. Look up has ballooned and taken on its own uncharted journey, exploding into a defiant shout for life. It continues to be a body of work about humanity and reconnecting with nature, but now extends to explore Janno’s own fragility as she defies the possibility of her own extinction.
Messages of loyalty and love from friends and family around the world line the nest, blanketing her three boys and keeping them safe, secure and protected. Look up has undergone a metamorphosis into Brave up.
Look up – Brave up is an exhibition by Australian artist Janno. Exploring the fragility of humanity, the exhibition is a collection of large, abstract, colour-fuelled paintings, oversized scupltures, and smaller, intimate, sewn paper works.
Image: Janno, I can do this, bring it on, 2015, acrylic on linen, 183 x 183cm
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
In a one room walk-up apartment in the west side of New York City, two lonely, middle-aged people on a first date end up tumbling into bed, and have great sex. Johnny, (Damien Richardson) is a short order cook, Frankie, (Kate Kendall) is a waitress. Johnny is sure he has found his soul mate in Frankie. She, on the other hand, is far more cautious and disinclined to jump to conclusions and has written off the encounter as a one-night stand. As the night unfolds, they slowly begin to reveal themselves …..
Director, Colette Mann; Starring Kate Kendall and Damien Richardson; Voice Over (Marlon) Stefan Dennis;
Set Design, Jacob Battista; Stage Manager, Meg Richardson; Lighting Design Michael Tait and Chris Kappa; Sound Design, Brendan Geany; Costume Design Dorcas Utkovic; Assistant Stage Manager, Mia Vassallo; Photography Alan Fletcher; Publicist Di Rolle.
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune was first produced by Manhattan Theatre Club Stage 11 at City Centre in New York City on June 2nd 1987, and featured; Kathy Bates, F Murray Abraham and Dominic Cuskern.
Join us for the final SHORTS@45 literary reading of the year with an evening of memoir writing from three of Australia’s brightest writers. Journalist and media personality Sian Prior will read from her memoir, Shy, a very personal account of her journey from crippling shyness to confidence and self-assuredness. Mental health ambassador and arts lover Maria Katsonis will read excerpts from her extraordinary memoir, The Good Greek Girl, in which she humorously, poignantly and very bravely relates her battle with severe depression. Finally, much-loved playwright Hannie Rayson will take us on a hilarious journey through her life with excerpts from her recently published memoir, Hello Beautiful.
After the readings, the authors will join Mary Lou Jelbart, artistic director of fortyfivedownstairs for an informal Q&A with the audience.
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.
Taxithi celebrates the Greek women that migrated to Australia by ship in the 50s and 60s.
This fundraising concert features the beautiful nostalgic Laika and Rembetika songs of pre 1970 Greece, performed by Melbourne’s fabulous Greek lady singers.
Featuring Anthea Sidiropolous, Maria Papathanasiou, Jenny Theologidis and Helen Yotis Patterson, accompanied by a premier Greek band.
Come and show your support for this important new Australian theatre piece whilst enjoying the finest in Greek entertainment!
‘Astounding and astonishing… hypnotic to watch.’ – ★★★★ Telegraph UK
One couple. One night. No rules.
Vicky Jones’ award-winning smash hit The One is a darkly hilarious new work about a couple trapped in a violent and destructive cycle of co-dependant love and lust. Premiering in 2014 to rave reviews at the Soho Theatre in London, this “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” for the digital generation is 65 intense minutes of sex, violence, and snack food, which brutally asks: “In the warfare of modern relationships, what are the rules of engagement?”
Written by London’s most exciting new voice, Vicky Jones, in an Australian Premiere directed by Tanya Dickson with text re-imagined for Australian audiences by Rachel Perks.
The One stars Wentworth’s Kasia Kaczmarek, Red Stitch ensemble member Ben Prendergast and Elbow Room’s Emily Tomlins.
Sophie Woodward set & costume; Amelia Lever-Davidson lighting; sound by Tony-award nominee Russell Goldsmith.
For ages 16+ Contains scenes of a strong sexual nature, violence, sexual assault themes, and strong language.
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Dan Lee is a 2014 R E Ross Trust Playwrights’ Script Development Award recipient. Join us for a rehearsed reading of winning play, Bottomless.
Bottomless is set in the Broome sober up center. It’s been an unusually long build up to the wet season and the frogs are singing out for rain and the prison sits there, across the road; just another resort in a tropical tourist town.
The play moves between one chaotic night in the sober up center and a long past tragic incident at the prison wall. As the usual suspects stagger into the stifling heat of the center, what follows is the gradual revealing of Will’s unorthodox method and the discovery that his relationship with the town goes deeper than anyone could have imagined including himself.
Jack Charles, Julie Forsythe, Tom Budge, Margaret Harvey, Mark Coles Smith
Celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s (245th) Birthday.
Pianist Tristan Lee returns to fortyfivedownstairs, to round off our year by celebrating Beethoven’s 245th birthday with a dazzling recital that represents three distinct periods in his life. These four sonatas, all very different in mood, show Beethoven at his most romantic, innovative, humorous and tumultuous.
Sonata Opus 90 No. 27 in E minor (1814)
Sonata Opus 27 No 1 in E flat major (1801)
Sonata Opus 27 No 2 in C sharp minor (Moonlight – 1801)
Sonata Opus 57 No 23 in F minor (Appassionata -1805)