There are a myriad of reasons why I want to live a long time and tonight a theatre piece has brought one of these screaming into sharp relief. I want to live in a future when the audience of THE CULTURE is coming to see a period drama. When themes of street harassment, domestic violence and homophobia are akin to watching the Ancient Greeks perform for the glory of Dionysus. Entertaining but irrelevant.
There are two theatrical throughlines to THE CULTURE. One is appealing to the intellect … information, anecdotes, quotes, facts and figures … all presented in a thought provoking, character based way. The other’s appeal is to the emotions. Continue reading The Culture @ Erskineville Town Hall→
It’s not often that I covet wealth but tonight I wish I had a secret stash . I attended a fundraising night for UN Women. 50% of the takings are going to Beijing +20 which aspires to a world with gender equality. It would be great to have a bit extra to give them. Also, as part of the night, I encountered a writer and performer who rose above her surroundings to present a theatre piece of power and relevance. The sort of artist who could also do with some financial support.
The evening was introduced by Brooke Clark, one of the organizers, who spoke about gender stereotypes in her non-urban childhood environment. Her choices were hairdresser or beauty technician. Her eventual choice was to move to a more inclusive environment in the city. Next was theatre director and playwright, Augusta Supple, who discussed social media’s way of rushing people to judgement. “I like this.” And how young women can be validated quickly for posting gender stereotypical pictures, leaving them with no mechanism to understand feeling shit. Continue reading Handle It @ The Imperial→
Company D of Short + Sweet dance showcased some very strong, exciting work that was full of challenging, thought provoking discoveries.
It opened with a film entry ,‘Traces’ choreographed by Graeme Spencer. Traces of memories of movement in haunted rooms , a lot of it lyrical and elegiac. There was much use of fancy photographic techniques and blurry images .What one could see of the actual dance and performance itself was terrific .