ABR Arts

Hamlet (Adelaide Festival) ★★★★★

Michael Halliwell
Thursday, 08 March 2018

It is the fate of nearly all new operas to disappear quickly after an initial run of performances, so it was with much anticipation that Australian audiences had the opportunity to see Brett Dean’s Hamlet, triumphantly premièred at Glyndebourne in June 2017 ...

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I think it was Peter Brook who said the longest that a staging of a play could remain vital was five years. The Hayloft Project’s Thyestes, directed by Simon Stone and adapted from Seneca’s tragedy by Stone himself, Thomas Henning, Chris Ryan, and Mark Winter, was first seen at the Malthouse Theatre in 2010 ...

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Hilarie Mais (TarraWarra Museum of Art)

Sophie Knezic
Monday, 05 March 2018

In a seminal essay titled ‘Grids’ (1978), the American art theorist Rosalind Krauss argued that, as a structure, the grid was emblematic of modernist ambition, encapsulating modernism’s streamlining project through the expunging of forms and conventions extraneous to it. The grid embodied a kind of will to silence ...

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La Traviata (Opera Australia) ★★★★1/2

Michael Halliwell
Friday, 02 March 2018

It is a particular pleasure for an opera lover, even a hard-bitten critic, to watch a career develop and blossom. Nicole Car, making her role début as Violetta for Opera Australia, is one such singer. Audiences have enjoyed her in a series of important roles ...

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The Update - February 27, 2018

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 27 February 2018

In this fortnight's Update: 2018 ABR Film Survey, Nicole Car and the Belgiorno Stradivarius, The Lady and the Unicorn at AGNSW, Antony and Cleopatra, 2019 ABR US Tour, MLIVE, A new music residency at UKARIA, MONA's new offering, A change in Chair at Black Swan, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Transmission Films and Amazon Studios, Colony exhibitions at the NGV, and giveaways from AGNSW and Bell Shakespeare ...

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The Piano: The Ballet (Royal New Zealand Ballet) ★★★

Lee Christofis
Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s world première of The Piano: The Ballet, inspired by Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning film The Piano (1993), began the company’s program for 2018. It is the second ballet on the subject by Jiří and Otto Bubeníček, former and highly decorated principal dancers at Hamburg Ballet. Their first ...

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The final week of February in Australia means, among other things, that another summer is almost over. Yet in contrast to the fleeting nature of lived experience, a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia calls attention to the enduring power of art to capture and convey human passions ...

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The Nose (Opera Australia) ★★★★★

Zoltán Szabó
Friday, 23 February 2018

Dmitri Shostakovich’s rarely performed first opera, The Nose (1930), premièred in the Sydney Opera House on 21 February. To add to the ‘firsts’: this was Barrie Kosky’s début at Covent Garden in 2016, it is Kosky’s first work for Opera Australia in almost twenty years, and this is the first professional production ...

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Jordi Savall’s reputation preceded him and the Perth Concert Hall was bursting at the seams for the first night of his national tour. The Spanish musician and his band Hespererion XXI are renowned for their interpretations of early music ...

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A Fantastic Woman ★★★★

Harry Windsor
Monday, 19 February 2018

There is something about nightclubs that appeals to filmmakers. The work of American directors like Martin Scorsese and James Gray is riddled with them. In 2017, the Cannes-storming AIDS activism drama BPM (Beats Per Minute) featured a group of friends who spent most nights in clubs; places where identities are ...

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