Cherish Violet Blood as Lila in Deer Woman, playing at this year’s Sydney Festival.
Deer Woman, written, directed, designed, composed, stage managed and performed by First Nations artists from Canada, is anchored by a solo performance of fierce skill, focus and precision.
Dust is a new show by far-north Queensland company Dancenorth, currently playing at the 2019 Sydney Festival.
Dancenorth's Dust explores a world on the brink of turning back to dust. Its themes are familiar in contemporary dance, but the show is replete with powerful images.
Soprano Jane Sheldon in La Passion de Simone. Kaija Saariaho’s work had its Australian premiere at the 2019 Sydney Festival, performed by the Sydney Chamber Opera.
The Australian premiere of La Passion de Simone uses multiple voices to tell a story about philosopher Simone Weil. But the work lacks the emotional drama of its subject's life.
In his Quarterly Essay, Smee laments the erosion of ‘inner life’ thanks to digital technology.
Smee insists that the rich and intense visions of artists such as Cézanne or Chekhov are increasingly lost to us.
Anna Breckon and Nat Randall, Rear view 2018 (still),
high definition digital video, multi-channel sound, 85:11 mins
Courtesy of the artists Photo: Andrew Curtis
Through animation, video, light and sound, Theatre is Lying exposes how visual art, performance and theatrical devices can interrogate what is real and what is not.
Leah Ashwood, Jasper Lloyd, and Texas Watterston in The School (2018).
Bronte Pictures, Head Gear Films, Kreo Films FZ
Some of the best examples of horror and fantasy genre films have emerged from Australia. Unfortunately, The School is not one of them.
American mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux in the lead female role of Mandane in Artaserse.
Artaserse is an old Roman fable of treachery and the ethical power of clemency that becomes a psychological study of conflicting desires.
Tokyo design studio nendo responds to the work of M. C. Escher.
There is nothing to prepare us for the shock to the senses in the National Gallery of Victoria's latest exhibition combining the works of M. C. Escher with Japanese design firm nendo.
‘Four uprights, red and black’ [TP62] c1965
polyvinyl acetate and pigment on hardboard
122 x 183 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, gift of Frank Watters 2018, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program © The estate of the artist
Forty-five years after his death, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has mounted a major exhibition of Tony Tuckson, focussing on his intensely personal Abstract Expressionist works
André Rieu performs in his Sydney Town Hall performance.
André Rieu Productions
Few classical musicians can fill out an 8,000 seat hall. But then few classical musicians are like André Rieu.
Rock Bang tells the story of Astrid and Otto from Die Roten Punkte as they flee to Berlin.
A new show pairs the acrobatic skills of Circus Oz with the local comedians Die Roten Punkte.
Kamsani Bin Salleh and Matthew McVeigh, Foodland, 2018, found metal sign and acrylic, 125 x 400 cm.
Janet Holmes à Court Collection
This Perth exhibition is a raucous, overwhelming, exciting and at times confusing immersion into ideas about national identity.
David Malouf’s poetry collection An Open Book spans “a Beurre Bosch pear/in a fruit bowl to the planet”.
Malouf's late return to poetry seems to bring him back in a new way to steadying poems that do justice to the open gaze, the sly wit, the swift imagination and the poise he has in spades.
The performers in Sutra, which saw its Australian premiere at the OzAsia Festival.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s fusion of the choreographic universe of contemporary dance with the kung fu techniques of the famed Shaolin monks is both masterful and unexpected
Junjeiri Ballun – Gurul Gaureima, part of The Unconformity festival, performed Indigenous history in Queenstown’s Queen River.
The Unconformity festival
The Unconformity takes advantage of its unique location in the mining town of Queenstown to create a provocative, thoughtful arts festival.
Anne Summers photographed in 2013 with Julia Gillard.
Many harsh things are said in Summers' book. It’s difficult to decide whether to praise its “breathtaking honesty” – as critics undoubtedly will – or draw back like a witness to some gruesome accident.
A DJ provides the soundtrack of Damascus in While I Was Waiting.
A group of diasporic Syrian actors in Marseilles came together with a few remaining in their home country to create this touching, hard-hitting play.
‘The biggest disco on the planet since 1979’: Dancing Grandmothers take the stage in Adelaide.
Josang Young Mo Choe
Korean choreographer Eun-Me Ah tnravelled up and down her native land, videotaping older women dancing.
András Schiff performing: his utmost focus is on effectuating his singularly unique sense of musical style.
Schiff persuaded his near-capacity audience to remain completely silent until the very end of each half of the program – a major coup.
A Quiet Evening Of Dance is a program from the “most controversial ballet choreographer in international ballet”
However jagged, industrial and shapeless an evening of Forsythe choreography may seem to an eye used to Swan Lake, it is always grounded in ballet.