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CANZONE – Music as Storytelling

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…

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Company

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…

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James Yuncken

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…

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PICNIC

"Like a Michael Leunig cartoon, mysterious and pregnant with meaning..." - Chris Boyd, The Australian, 21 August 2015 Celebrating a return to the solo stage after the highly successful production THE COLLAPSIBLE MAN, Gerard Van Dyck presents a new, intimate dance theatre…

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Mark Chew

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…

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Go, said the bird

“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…

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Carousel

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…

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SHORTS@45

Join us for the final SHORTS@45 literary reading of the year with an evening of memoir writing from three outstanding Australian writers. Journalist and media personality Sian Prior will read from her memoir, Shy, a very personal account of her…

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Review: Flight from Silence

  • June 30, 2015
  • news

Thoughts on Flight from Silence
Lisa Sewards and Anna Taylor

I begin with the title Flight from Silence, rich with associations emblematic of the themes that flow between these two bodies of work.

Sewards has suspended several small drop parachutes from the ceiling, juxtaposed on the left with atmospheric prints of the forest and on the right with an enormous diptych of paintings that depict both parachutes and birds falling through the night. We pause in the silence of a parachute drifting down between trees, generally a symbol of hope, bringing supplies of food, mail and medicine or occasionally a cylinder containing a carrier pigeon that would then be fitted with a new message and set to fly home to its loft.

The silence of the pigeons delivering their crucial messages; their inability to communicate their experience of the treacherous skies of wartime (or our inability to hear it) resonates with the layers of silence born by peoples on all sides of conflict. Absolute silence of course, rests with the dead, but Taylor and Sewards concern themselves with restorative commemoration in the more fluid space of the living.

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Victorian Craft Award

"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…

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Joe Duggan

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…

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Rodney Schaffer

Rodney 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…

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Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce has developed a series of luminous, lyrical and evocative pastel and charcoal works on paper. Lacuna explores the contrast and balance between the vertical and horizontal; and positive and negative space. This exhibition is the result of Pearce’s…

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Master Class

★★★★1/2 The Herald Sun (review from 2015 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,…

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The Long Red Road

★★★☆ The Age, August 2015 I wish every American play we staged here was performed with this level of assurance and flair - Cameron Woodhead, The Age The play gets under your skin - Variety A POWERFULLY redemptive celebration of forgiveness…

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SHORTS@45

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has regrettably been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience. Images: SHORTS@45 graphic design by Miranda Costa.  

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METASYSTEMS

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…

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Cuckoo

“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…

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RetroFuturismus

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…

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Chris Orr

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…

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Gavin Brown

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,…

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Dear Scott—

A playwright’s more or less unrequited correspondence with the Minister/s for Immigration & Border Protection. I’d signed petitions and marched on demonstrations. For all the anger I felt about Australia’s treatment of asylum-seekers, what had I, Noëlle Janaczewska, actually done?…

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Curlew River by Benjamin Britten

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…

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La Mauvaise Réputation

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT. PLEASE CALL US ON 03 9662 9966 TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT-LIST. French gypsy swing virtuosos La Mauvaise Réputation are Australia’s most authentic interpreters of the wild rhythms and passion of 1930s Parisian hot jazz…

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Tamandua

Tamandua play Brazilian Choro (Portuguese word pronounced SHOH-roh), a genre that encapsulates the sonic complexities of jazz, the dance-able rhythms of tango and samba and the subtleties of classical chamber music. The members of Tamandua have all performed regularly with…

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Tomás Arroquero Y Su Grupo

Tomás Arroquero male dance, Jini Lim female dance, Manolo Jaen singer, Kieren Ray guitarist. Dancer Tomás Arroquero sees contemporary Flamenco as an art that evolves from within the dancer, informed and shaped by intense study of the aesthetics and essence of the magnificent, ancient…

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Colder

What if someone you love vanished without a trace? A young boy is separated from his mother and goes missing in Disneyland. Adrift in the artificial world of giant mice and noisy parades, nobody can account for what happened in…

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Meeka

"I opened the door and there was red everywhere. On the desk, on the carpet. About half a metre away, was this hammer. F***ing red as." One morning at a remote Western Australian school in Meekatharra, an Education Department auditor's head is bashed…

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Mozart – Stolen Beauties

“Sweet beauty to be stolen” Don Giovanni - Mozart Ironwood teams up with Anneke Scott, historic horn (UK) to launch their new ABC Classics recording – some rediscovered world premieres of Mozart – stolen by him and by others. Playing…

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Emerging Artist Award 2015

fortyfivedownstairs and Future Leaders present the inaugural Emerging Artist Award 2015. The Emerging Artist Award 2015 brings together the best emerging artists from universities across Victoria for a two-week exhibition. With $3000 of prize money on offer, esteemed judge Ron Ramsey will select…

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The Age- Company

  • March 31, 2015
  • news

See article in its original context here by Cameron Woodhead for The Age. Stephen Sondheim show in fine Company at fortyfivedownstairs Home-grown music theatre company Watch This has only been around for a handful of years but in that time has…

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