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The typical view at a concert when fans take out their smartphones. Shutterstock/Pressmaster

There’s a time to put down the smartphone, seriously!

There's a time and place for a smartphone and some artists and sports stars want you to stop using them when they're performing. Just enjoy the live event instead.
Hawthorn Hawks played better than expected in 2015 and beat the West Coast Eagles in the AFL Grand Final at the MCG. AAP Image/Julian Smith

Is winning all that matters in AFL or does the performance count?

The path to grand final victory in AFL can be paved with many wins and losses. But it's measuring how a team plays against an expected result that can help them improve.
Circus posters. flickr

Circus and politics: a very Australian mix

Contemporary circus and circus-infused physical theatre are amongst Australia’s most innovative and in-demand cultural exports. It's a performance craft with a proud history behind it.
What can leggings and leotards teach us about about physics and neuroscience? www.shuttershock.com

Lab coats and leggings: when science and dance connect it’s quite a show

For a growing number of artists, academics, researchers and scientists, dance represents a promising new frontier of exploration. The annual DANscienCE festival shines a spotlight on their findings.
The ability to make sense of sensory feedback in more refined ways is central to Feldenkrais. waltercolor

Explainer: the Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method is a way of exploring movement, posture and breathing through hands-on touch, used by dancers, musicians, athletes, actors and people living with and rehabilitating from a range…
Daddy Cool’s Ross Wilson learnt to sing harmonies in a choir, aged 10. AAP/ Joe Castro

The secrets of self-taught, high-performing musicians

We rightly marvel at the skills of a talented musician, especially witnessing them perform live. But how does someone become so skilled? Obviously hours and hours of dedicated practice is a necessity…
Mama Alto performs the songs of Sarah Vaughan at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Lauren Connely/Flickr

Mama Alto pays homage to Sarah Vaughan at the Melbourne Fringe

In their 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival performance Mama Alto and her musical director Tiffani Walton pay tribute to Sarah Vaughan, one of the great ladies of American song. Mama Alto charmed her audience…

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