All posts by Carol Dance

Carol Dance reviewed over 300 plays for her local newspaper in Sydney while working as the editor at the University of New South Wales Press. Then, as CEO of the Australian Commercial Disputes Centre, she observed the full spectrum of human emotions and decided to write plays. She has had 14 plays produced in ten-minute play festivals, three full-length plays produced and two plays published. She now concentrates on researching and writing on cultural contexts, particularly theatre. She is also an artist and is currently exhibited in the Ravenswood Art Exhibition.


There is a new gallery in Paddington, the Concetta Antico Gallery, 469 Oxford Street. Concetta is originally from Sydney, moved to the U.S. for 33 years and returned only a few months ago with her family to open her gallery. Concetta is a tetrachromat, meaning she has four colour receptors instead of the usual three. Tetrachromacy is the condition of possessing four independent channels for conveying colour information, or possessing four types of cone cell in the eye. About one in 10,000 women are tetrachromats, and I am one of them, too. It simply means I see more of the colour spectrum’s variations than trichromats.

To confirm that I was a tetrachromat, I went to the School of Optometry at the University of NSW and worked my way through a couple of hours of identifying colour variations on numerous charts and palettes. The examiner was 99% certain I have this fourth colour receptor because my son is colour blind. That part remains a bit of mystery to me. At first, I was chuffed to have this special colour vision. But, being an artist ( I then realised people don’t see my paintings the way I see them. And it put me off painting! And it is rather annoying to point out a rainbow that nobody else sees. What else do I see others don’t? Continue reading THE CONCETTA ANTICO GALLERY PADDINGTON OPENS ITS DOORS


You’ve got only tonight and tomorrow night to get to the Sydney Opera House to see the best circus-dance-music EVER!  The world-renowned Vietnamese Circus is in town and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Without the glitz and flashy costumes of Cirque du Soleil, it is a refreshing performance with the precision, imagination and joyfulness that is rare to the Sydney scene.

The Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam has performed at the Perth Festival to fabulous reviews.  It has been acclaimed around the world.

Olivia Anseel, head of SOH Contemporary Performance says “Prepare to witness a unique physical theatre and circus production, a dynamic and humorous spectacle full of joy and theatrical brilliance”.

There should be another word for this show.  It’s more than ‘circus’. It’s more an live music, acrobatics, beat boxing and story-telling.  It’s a visual feast with subtleties that embed in the heart, embrace the brain and beguile the spirit.  

Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam received standing ovations last night. Get yourself there tonight or tomorrow night (June 14 and 15) or miss out on something special.  Family friendly. Tickets from $39.



Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam performs À Ố Làng Phố at the Sydney Opera House June 12 to 15 and promises to be a mesmerising mix of circus, acrobatics, eclectic music, contemporary dance, and theatrical visual art. Reviews from around the world praise the circus. A dazzling array of aerial work, contortion and juggling; a spectacular blend of genres fusing physical theatre, dance and live music; a soundscape of traditional Vietnamese instruments mixed with hip-hop beats.                     Continue reading THE REMARKABLE NOUVEAU CIRQUE DU VIETNAM