It’s not for everyone, but maybe it should be. This chow is a symphony of sophisticated naivety, slapstick with a bitch slap, a carnival of two, the accomplished performance artists, Jo-Ann Lancaster and Simon Yates.
“Greetings to the inhabitants of the universe from the third planet Earth of the star Sun. Greetings to you, whoever you are; we have good will towards you and bring peace across space. Friends of space, how are you all? Have you eaten yet? Come visit us if you have time. Greetings to all peoples of the universe. God give you peace always.“
By chance, my companion to the show last night was friend and Indigenous educator, Natalie. Larrakia woman, Saltwater woman. Which was handy because myself, 6 generations here, and the British woman and the Nigerian woman in front of us needed some help during the pop quiz! Yep, there’s a few audience tests in MY NAME IS JIMI! House lights up and a chance to enjoy the reactions of the people near me. It’s just part of a gift from the Bani Family to me and I accept with open heart and joy in the receiving. After experiencing this brilliant theatrical event how could I not? Continue reading MY NAME IS JIMI: A GIFT OF CULTURE→
On Saturday 6 January, Artspace and Sydney Festival will present an action by Indigenous artist Richard Bell, the first in the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS series, a year-long online exhibition that will respond to the urgent political circumstances of our times. The exhibition will see the creation of 52 new artworks in 52 unique locations throughout Asia that will be shared globally via Instagram and online. Richard Bell’s first action to launch the exhibition will examine the Australian government’s stance on nuclear weapons and will involve him referencing graphic political posters from the 1980’s. Continue reading 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS : First action January 6→
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra performs as part of Sydney Festival 2018 at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Immerse yourself in the splendour of the exhibition REMBRANDT AND THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE:: masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum as members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra perform amongst masterpieces of the 17th century.
Rembrandt Live is a theatrical encounter for the senses, marrying the treasures of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum with baroque performance and music, directed by John Bell with musical curator Paul Dyer.
In association with REMBRANDT LIVE, Matt Moran and Chiswick at the Gallery head chef, Tim Brindley, have designed a decadent baroque banquet, inspired by the flavours of the Dutch Golden Age, available for two nights only after the show.
REMBRANDT LIVE dates
6, 8-9, 11-12, 15-16, 22-23 January 2018
For two nights only Baroque Banquet 18-19 January, 6-10pm
Follow us down the rabbit hole for a madcap ride! ALICE IN WONDERLAND has been reinvented with a unique Australian flavour and will have children and adults alike whooping in delight.
For over 150 years Alice in Wonderland has captured the imaginations of children all over the world, and now returns in a fresh, exciting and all new Australian adaptation for the whole family.
Lewis Carroll’s whirling, fantastical masterpiece is faithfully and beautifully recreated as a nonstop, madcap theatrical adventure for the whole family. See the classic kids’ tale in an all new Australian adaptation by multi award-winning playwright Mary Anne Butler, starring Dubs Yunupingu as Alice.
As part of Sydney Festival, this wonderful show, from the producer of the critically acclaimed and immensely popular The Very Hungry Caterpillar, will have its world premiere at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, 5-27 January 2018
SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2018 Director Wesley Enoch is infectious. Infected by the love of ideas, performance and ‘better angels’. Enoch says of next year’s festival, “Artists are here creating more and more ways of celebrating our better angels and questioning the things that are holding us back.”
January is such a lovely time in Sydney, traffic is less, parking is easier and there is always something to do courtesy of the SYDNEY FESTIVAL. If you are a planner you can book ahead for your choice of 702 performances which will take place across 51 venues and will feature over 700 artists from 22 countries. If you, like me, are not a planner there is always something to do at late notice including the 47 of the 136 events which are free.
The three themes of next year’s Festival are finding the intersection of science and art; a larger look at human consumption; and how the feminist movement has evolved and its current state across the world and I am infected by Enoch’s enthusiasm. I want to see almost everything. But topping my wish list for each theme are …
Science and Art: THE WIDER EARTH presented by Queensland Theatre and Dead Puppet Society. Drawn from historical documents about Charles Darwin’s voyages on The Beagle, this production has 30 puppets interacting with the human cast to explore the story of a doubting young man asking questions of Mother Nature. One of the puppets made an appearance at the festival launch. Huge, heavy and bespoke with each piece individually laser cut and assembled over months of tireless invention… and infectiously lovable. https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2018/wider-earth
Human Consumption: JURASSIC PLASTIC presented by ArtsPeople and Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji. This is a contemporary and immersive art experience which Enoch explained is drawn from Fiji’s musings on the throwaway toys of Japan’s young children. A global perspective invites audiences to collaborate with the artist to recycle and reinvent discarded objects as they experience this huge installation of dinosaurs and extensive landscapes, all made from thrown away toys. https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2018/jurassic-plastic
Current State of Feminism: Russian protest art collective PUSSY RIOT THEATRE: RIOT DAYS is coming. Using theatre, film and raucous music the production has Feminism, LGBT rights and opposition to Vladimir Putin as its expressed agenda. At the Festival Launch Enoch explained the collective nature of the group which is spearheaded by Maria Alyokhina, one of the artists arrested and sentenced in 2012.
Add to this swimming pools in a containers (Yes… filtered Enoch tells us) and a Ghost Train. There is more ballet, circus, music, visual arts, installations large and small and theatre than you can poke a parking ticket at. You can plan your own wish list for the SYDNEY FESTIVAL, 6-28 January, at