“This year Craft turns 45 years old, and to celebrate this milestone we are pleased to launch the inaugural Victorian Craft Award. The Award is a biennial event facilitated by Craft Victoria in the pursuit of presenting and celebrating excellence in the crafts. The award presents emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople across the state of Victoria from individuals utilising craft skills, processes and materials.” – Craft Victoria
Finalists will be on show in the award exhibition across four venues – Craft Victoria, fortyfivedownstairs, Sofitel Melbourne and 1 Spring St foyer.
By Brett C. Leonard
A brilliant masterpiece a story you won’t soon forget - N W Times
The play gets under your skin - Variety
A POWERFULLY redemptive celebration of forgiveness and unconventional beauty…startling, moving and at times, difficult to bear in its stark authenticity - Chicago Theater
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.
Produced through special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc. New York.
Image: The Long Red Road. Photograph by Tracii Caroline, graphic design by Dark Miaco.
Program 4: Something Special, Something Rare
SHORTS@45 is delighted to be partnering with Black Inc. Publishing for the upcoming program on Monday 10 August 2015. An evening of short stories by contemporary Australian women, from the collection, Something Special, Something Rare.
Program four contributors include:
Curated by Dina Ross, SHORTS@45 is now firmly establishing itself as a popular event on Melbourne’s literary scene.
SHORTS@45 is delighted to be partnering with Collins Booksellers to deliver this program.
Written & performed by James McCaughey
Five conversations take place across two programs, performed on consecutive dates;
Program One: August 12, 14, 16: The Gods assist in an Investigation and A Toast to the Gods.
Program Two: August 13, 15, 16: Seminar with the Gods about Progress, The Gods attend a Counselling Session about Loss of Identity and To the God at the Door
James McCaughey conjures up gods, Greek, Christian, Hindu, Indigenous and others. He challenges them about their mortality, offers them a toast, invites them to a seminar about progress and counsels them to get over fears that they may be losing their identity.
Over five conversations an intimacy builds. The gods, present and invisible, dangerous and entertaining, enter the performance space for a few minutes and leave traces of their existence. The show is part comedy, part enquiry, part epic story-telling, part-pilgrimage, part-pisstake. Gods who have never spoken to each other enter as embodiments of the world’s comedy and tragedy. The Hero, the Diva, the Has-Been, the Saviour – argue for their lives in their one last chance.
Book a Conversations with the Gods Package and see both programs for a special price (Full $50, Senior $40, and Concession $30).
Images by Adis Hondo.
Rod 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.
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).
Image by Jeff Busby.
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 .
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.
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, 1943
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.
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; Music Director, Lucy O’Brien; Choreographer, Michael Ralph; Set Design, Eugyeene Teh; Costume Design, Zoe Rouse; Lighting Design, Rob Sowinski.
Starring Johanna Allen, Bianca Baykara, Sally Bourne, Gillian Cosgriff, Nathan Carter, Mark Dickinson, Simon Maiden, Madeleine Mackenzie, Nicole Melloy, John O’Hara, Sonya Suares, Aaron Tsindos, Carina Waye and Tyran Parke as Robert
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Image by Kate Williams.