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.
Kate Mulvany in An Enemy of the People.
In a new production, Ibsen’s play is transformed to small-town Australia with the whistle-blower at the centre of the story played by Kate Mulvany.
Hazem Shammas in Trustees: his powerful incantations towards the end of the production will leave you reeling.
This production, a collaboration with local theatre artists, stages a public debate hosted by the (made up) Melbourne Trust Forum. It unfolds as part media reportage and part gameshow.
Barry McGovern in Watt.
Samuel Beckett wrote Watt while hiding from the Gestapo during the second world war. It describes Watt’s journey to, within, and away from Mr Knott’s house, where Watt lives for some time as a servant.
Romy Vager performs during the concert at Melbourne’s State Theatre on Saturday night.
Some of Australia’s finest songwriters joined members of the Go-Betweens to mark the 30th anniversary of a seminal album.
Naturalistic dialogue, poetic monologues, projections and physical theatre come together in Man With The Iron Neck.
Legs On The Wall’s production deals with the important but taboo topic of youth suicide, particularly in the Indigenous community.
Detail from Father of the Innocents, from the series, Mandela A Life’s Journey, by John Meyer.
The desire to eulogise, as often appears to be the case in this exhibition, does not allow space for questions that might allow for a fuller explication of the nature of Mandela’s legacy and its relevance beyond South Africa.
Patricia Piccinini, Graham, 2016 Installation view,
A new Science Gallery Melbourne exhibition offers a set of reflections, calculations and speculations that engage with ideas about the perfect body, mathematical precision, quantum physics and a post-human world.
In Steven Sewell’s play, two physicists search for ‘truth’.
Stephen Sewell’s play questions truth, humanity and what constitutes our individual and collective worlds.
Stuart Skelton in the title role of Peter Grimes.
Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes premiered in 1945, when the composer was 31. The work can be seen as an examination of the individual versus the community and the sinister potential of the collective.
Performers in Circa’s En Masse.
The incredible physical control of the Circa acrobats, and their ability to make bodies seem weightless, is breathtaking.
Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood in Mother’s Ruin.
This cabaret show about a beverage incorporates politics, feminism, history and some rousing singalong numbers.
Vicki Van Hout in plenty serious TALK TALK.
Two new dance works allow the public to engage in a conversation around constitutional recognition and sovereignty for Indigenous peoples.