WICKED presented by MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY @ GLEN STREET THEATRE

 

WICKED is a kid friendly musical that takes place in the Land of Oz, but this untold “true” story of The Witches Of Oz and The Wizard Of Oz, is set during the years before Dorothy brings the house down with her arrival in Oz. The citizens of The Land Of Oz are celebrating the death of The Wicked Witch, when Glinda appears. The musical then continues as an extended flashback of the early lives of these two young women, from their first meeting as sorcery students at the Shiz University. Continue reading WICKED presented by MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY @ GLEN STREET THEATRE

AGNSW HONOURS PACKER FAMILY SUPPORT

 

This image: Rembrandt
‘Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul’ 1661 (detail)
Banner Image: Mrs Roslyn Packer and Ms Gretel Packer in the Victorian watercolours exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Photo: Diana Panuccio, AGNSW

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has honoured three generations of Packer family support by naming its major temporary exhibition gallery, currently displaying Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age, the Packer Family Gallery.

http://www.sydneyartsguide.com.au/rembrandt-dutch-golden-age-art-gallery-new-south-wales/ Continue reading AGNSW HONOURS PACKER FAMILY SUPPORT

MY HEART SO GRIEVES: PART OF ‘PRELUDE IN TEA’

This image: Elysian Fields – featuring electric viola da gamba
Banner image: Viola da gambist Jenny Eriksson

Early music specialists, The Marais Project, and electric viola da gamba ensemble, Elysian Fields, both led by the versatile Jenny Eriksson, return to The Independent Theatre on January 28, 2018 in a once off program titled, “My heart so grieves”Continue reading MY HEART SO GRIEVES: PART OF ‘PRELUDE IN TEA’

FRESH BLOOD: 4 COMEDY TEAMS TO CREATE PILOTS

This Image: THE ANGUS PROJECT
Banner Image: KOALA MAN

Viewers can now binge on all of the bite sized sketch comedy series  called FRESH BLOOD anytime on ABC COMEDY on iview or on ABC COMEDY on YouTube.     But now four of those 20 sketch comedy teams have been selected as Fresh Blood’s Class of 2017,

These four will now receive $75,000 each to produce a half-hour pilot to premiere on ABC iview in 2018. Continue reading FRESH BLOOD: 4 COMEDY TEAMS TO CREATE PILOTS

TRIPLEPUNKT: DANCE TRIPLE BILL

This Image: GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS choreographed by Bonnie Curtis (Image David Vagg)           Banner Image: Is This Making Scents? Choreographed by Kara Peake

TRIPLEPUNKT is a triple bill of dance works featuring a revamped GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, IS THIS MAKING SCENTS? choreographed by Kara Peake and VOGELSANG  a brand new work by Bonnie Curtis Projects. Continue reading TRIPLEPUNKT: DANCE TRIPLE BILL

NIGELLA RETURNS TO THE HOUSE:TICKETS AVAILABLE FRIDAY

Nigella Lawson fronts sold out crowd at SOH Concert Hall (Photos: Ken Leanfore)

Nigella Lawson: A Celebration of Home Cooking 

Following a sold-out Opera House appearance in 2016, the woman who put the pleasure back into food, Nigella Lawson, returns to the Concert Hall stage on Sunday 21 January 2018 for an evening of delectable conversation.

Nigella’s Opera House appearance coincides with the launch of her first book in two years, At My Table, a celebration of mouth-watering and inventive home cooking. At My Table abounds in recipes that are at once inspirational and comforting, from new riffs on signature dishes to the classics of tomorrow. Continue reading NIGELLA RETURNS TO THE HOUSE:TICKETS AVAILABLE FRIDAY

2018 SANDRA BATES DIRECTOR’S AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

Image above: MORNINGS WITH SANDRA . Part of Ensemble Theatre’s 2018 season.
Banner Image: Mark Kilmurry, Liz Arday, Felicity Nicol, Sandra Bates at the announcement

Ensemble Theatre’s Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry recently announced the two recipients of the 2018 SANDRA BATES DIRECTOR’S AWARDS, proudly supported by the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation.

This year’s successful applicants are Liz Arday and Felicity Nicol, both emerging theatre directors with a wealth of experience directing youth and independent theatre productions both in Australia and overseas. Continue reading 2018 SANDRA BATES DIRECTOR’S AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

ACO OPENS 2018 WITH TOGNETTI, TCHAIKOVSKY & BRAHMS

Image above: ACO will begin 2018 with Missy Mazzoli’s world premiere work Dark with Excessive Bright.
Banner image: Australian Chamber Orchestra (photo: Nic Walker)

The Australian Chamber Orchestra are renowned the world over for their adventurous and distinctive programming, that sees re-imagined interpretations of celebrated classics stacked alongside performances of ambitious new commissions.  They begin 2018 with Three Soloists, Two Premieres and a Collaboration with the Australian National Academy of Music. Continue reading ACO OPENS 2018 WITH TOGNETTI, TCHAIKOVSKY & BRAHMS

FORM DANCE PROJECTS ANNOUNCES FOR 2018

Image Above: CHAMPIONS
Banner Image: VALLEY

FORM Dance Projects based in Parramatta have announced shows for 2018.  FORM had a runaway success this year with CHAMPIONS (http://www.sydneyartsguide.com.au/form-dance-projects-presents-champions-carriageworks/)

The company is heading into the new year with a program curated by Miranda Wheen and new Program Manager, Agnès Michelet.  Some of the highlights include. Continue reading FORM DANCE PROJECTS ANNOUNCES FOR 2018

MATSURI JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017

The international Kimono Club of Sydney were passionate about promoting the fashion of Kimono wearing to a wider audience. On parade at Darling Harbour were a wide-ranging choice of this style of clothing. Photos capture some of the spectacular colourful modern trends that incite younger people into wearing Kimonos and Japanese fancy costumes to push a new pop culture.
Picture: Denver Mottau

The MATSURI JAPAN FESTIVAL is Sydney’s biggest Japanese event. It is held each year to celebrate Japanese culture and cross-cultural friendship between the people of Japan and Australia. Founded in 2006, the Japanese community in Sydney work very hard to host a traditional style Matsuri for Sydneysiders. Continue reading MATSURI JAPAN FESTIVAL 2017

19 INVITED ARTISTS: REDLANDS KONICA MINOLTA ART PRIZE 2018

Image Above: Renowned Australian artist Diena Georgetti was awarded the 2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize for her work The Humanity of Construction Painting (2017)
Banner Image: (left to right): John Nixon, Untitled (Konstruction), 2016, Courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery; Sarah Goffman, My Place, 2017, Courtesy the artist; Jonny Niesche, Cracked Actor, 2018, Courtesy of the artists and Sarah Cottier Gallery
Nineteen of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists have been selected by internationally recognised contemporary artist and guest curator Nike Savvas to present work in the 2018 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize at the National Art School Gallery in Sydney from 15 March until 12 May 2018

 

The established artists selected to participate in the 22nd annual Prize by Nike Savvas – herself a highly respected Australian artist – include some of the country’s brightest contemporary art stars. Jenny Watson, an Australian representative at the 1993 Venice Biennale, acclaimed Aboriginal artist Richard Bell, and recipient of the 2016 Biennale of Sydney Legacy Artwork Agatha Gothe-Snape are amongst the artists.  Continue reading 19 INVITED ARTISTS: REDLANDS KONICA MINOLTA ART PRIZE 2018

AS THE CROW FLIES: REKO RENNIE’S 1500 m2 INSTALLATION

This image: Reko Rennie on site during the work in progress being painted at Barangaroo. Photos: Daniel Boud
Banner Image: Reko Rennie on site with As The Crow Flies at Barangaroo. Photo: David Varga

 Australian artist Reko Rennie has completed his major site-specific contemporary art installation at Barangaroo South in Sydney’s CBD. The commanding work, titled AS THE CROW FLIES is painted over buildings, hoardings and rooftops spanning a 1500 square-metre footprint – the equivalent size of a high-rise city building – and will remain in place for at least two years.

The large-scale, two-colour installation, in bright cobalt blue and neon pink, has been painted vertically and horizontally onto the exteriors and interiors of a buildings and hoardings in Barangaroo South, between International Tower Three and Hickson Road. The work extends into the entry and exit areas of the main car park and covers rooftops, making the pop-aesthetic inspired installation clearly visible from nearby office towers. Continue reading AS THE CROW FLIES: REKO RENNIE’S 1500 m2 INSTALLATION

‘SEANCE’ ON THE 13TH: GIANT DWARF AND HARRISON MILAS

THE SEANCE: Giant Dwarf Theatre in Cleveland Street, Redfern.

Harrison Milas is putting on a seance to spook your socks off!

Using every magical and theatrical tool at his disposal, he will create a terrifying world of spirits and possessions, summonings and demons. The show will be completely faked, however please be advised that it will contain moments of strong shock, so viewers of a nervous disposition should seriously consider before booking.

WARNING: This show deals with simulated images of self harm and could be distressing to some viewers. Discretion is advised.

Harrison Milas is a Fake Psychic, offering palm readings, fortune telling and prophecies.  For Harry, magic is a way to communicate a message. It’s a way to share joy, passion and creativity with an audience of any size and any age. And Harry has performed for of all of them. He has entertained thousands all the way down to just one person.

For more information about the Seance at Giant Dwarf visit:

https://giantdwarf.com.au/events/seance/

 

PYT/FAIRFIELD ANNOUNCE FOR 2018

 

Above: TRIBUNAL interrogates Australia’s refugee policy. Banner: The PYT Ensemble program

After a critically acclaimed program in 2017 which saw PYT | Fairfield win Western Sydney’s first Helpmann Award (Best Presentation for Children, PYT and Force Majeure, JUMP FIRST, ASK LATER) the company announce their 2018 Program.

Now considered one of the most exciting arts companies in the country, in 2018 their work will be presented in Carriageworks for Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art and sites across Western Sydney including the local pool and a garden created by refugees to support the settlement of asylum seekers. Continue reading PYT/FAIRFIELD ANNOUNCE FOR 2018

3 MAJOR EXHIBITIONS TO BEGIN THE YEAR AT CASULA

This Image: Katsushika Hokusai
Banner Image:  Locust Jones, Michael Jackson’s Heart Attack and the Tehren Riots

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will kick off 2018 with a massive launch day unveiling three brand new exhibitions showcasing Japanese Manga across the centuries, powerful political commentary and popular culture critique. Continue reading 3 MAJOR EXHIBITIONS TO BEGIN THE YEAR AT CASULA

A VERY KRANSKY CHRISTMAS @ THE SEYMOUR CENTRE

For the third year in a row one of Australia’s most well known female comedy acts, the Kransky Sisters, all the way from the quiet town of Esk in the middle of south east Queensland, have been travelling the country with their Christmas show.

The show has proved to be a  hit with audiences with its very reliable recipe. Their deadpan banter and  droll anecdotes are mixed with a range of musical numbers which showcase their very fine and sometimes quirky musicianship,  with instruments including a tuba and a fascinating musical saw.

The show felt a little too ‘contained’ to begin but once the ladies got going they started interacting with the audience and the show became  warmer and more entertaining. Continue reading A VERY KRANSKY CHRISTMAS @ THE SEYMOUR CENTRE

PREMIERE : PITCH PERFECT 3

Could this the last installment of the Pitch Perfect franchise?! I suppose a Box Office success would be a determinant but it is subtitled Last Call Of The Pitchers.

In an unusual occurrence at a film’s premiere nearly all the cast’s principals; Rebel Wilson, Ruby Rose, Brittany Snow and Anna Camp walked the Red Carpet at the Entertainment Quarter on the 29th November.

The two Australian stars, Wilson and Rose, have recently been in the media spotlight however despite this fact they, as well as the rest of the cast, were happy to mingle with fans and give relaxed interviews to the media.

PITCH PERFECT 3 opens in cinemas on January 1, 2018.

Featured image – Tegan Martin. Pic by Ben Apfelbaum.

 

BROTHERS KARAMAZOV: DOSTOEVSKY’S MASTERPIECE UNSOILED

Production photography: Clare Hawley

BROTHERS KARAMAZOV is Arrive. Devise. Repeat’s latest production. It is seductive in the scale of its ambition and engrossing in its elevated commitment to the exploration of Dostoevsky’s 900-page narrative defence of rationalism.  But it’s a tough sell. Continue reading BROTHERS KARAMAZOV: DOSTOEVSKY’S MASTERPIECE UNSOILED

ANDREW HENRY’S ‘VERTICAL DREAMING’ @ THE OLD FITZ

VERTICAL DREAMING is the last performance piece for the year at the Old Fitz. It is a work by the boss, Artistic Director Andrew Henry.

This is a very personal work. Early in the year Henry spent some time in a mental health facility. It was a very tough time. As he described, ‘His mobile phone was taken away from him, his bags were checked, and he was fitted with the customary blue socks.’

Whilst in the facility he came across an old scrapbook that had been compiled by a previous inpatient. It contained some favourite poems by contemporary poets. The poems gave him a lot of comfort at  a very difficult time. He then started adding poems that he knew that had a special significance for him to the scrapbook collection. Continue reading ANDREW HENRY’S ‘VERTICAL DREAMING’ @ THE OLD FITZ

DRAWING BLOOD – OCCULT LIFE DRAWING AT 107 PROJECTS

107 Projects is at 107 Redfern Street, Redfern

DRAWING BLOOD OCCULT LIFE DRAWING celebrates the life and art of the infamous “Witch of Kings Cross”, Rosaleen Norton.

A bohemian, feminist, artist, provocateur and all out witch, this Australian woman is as fascinating as her esoteric art. A long time muse to Drawing Blood, 107 Projects  are thrilled to bring her mystical creatures, demonic entities and erotic worshippers artwork to life.

Starting from 7pm, supernatural models will pose in various mystical formations for your life sketching studies, while our witchdoctor conjures atmospheric tunes to inspire, and a special performance to lift the spirits. Refreshments and potent elixirs available at the bar.

7pm onwards, 13 Dec 2017.  Cost is $20/15 on door.  Bring your own satchel of magic tools – paper, pads, charcoal, pencils, inks, pastels, oil sticks, pens etc.

107 projects  cultivates spaces for emerging creatives to thrive. “Our floors are proudly un-polished, because the truth is, all art has dirty beginnings.  Stepping into 107 is a bit like stepping inside the creative mind. Experiments happen and shit gets weird – but ultimately great work emerges from a rich, creative culture.”

There is always so much happening at this fantastic space.  Exhibitions, music, theatre, discussion and so much more.   You can find out more about 107 by visiting:

http://107.org.au/

More information about DRAWING BLOOD OCCULT LIFE DRAWING  is available at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1504441973009912/

LA CORSAIRE (VIC STATE BALLET) SYDNEY TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Above: Rebekah Petty as_Medora. William Douglas as Conrad. Picture Ron Fung Banner Image: Ethan Louis and Ashley Lean

LE CORSAIRE (The Pirate’s Story) is one of the world’s most loved ballets complete with pirates, beautiful maidens, romance and shipwrecks. A full length version of the classic has never before been staged by an Australian ballet company.

The Victorian State Ballet are delighted to perform the work at The Concourse, Chatswood on Saturday March 17 at 7.00pm and Sunday March 18 at 2.30pm, following its May premiere season in Victoria. Continue reading LA CORSAIRE (VIC STATE BALLET) SYDNEY TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

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