ABR Arts

Adelaide Festival of Arts 2016

Michael Morley
Monday, 07 March 2016

The two high-profile theatre productions featured at this year's Adelaide Festival – the National Theatre of Scotland's imaginative and engaging account of the life and times of the three King Jameses, The James Plays Trilogy, and Romeo Castellucci's mostly impenetrable take on ...

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Henry Lawson, in his story The Bush Undertaker (1892), refers to the Australian landscape as 'the nurse and tutor of eccentric minds, the home of the weird, and of much that is different from things in other lands'. It is precisely this otherness – this tendency toward the uncanny – that Joan Lindsay ...

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Reaching for an English word to capture the shifting rhythmic pulse of his Concerto Italiano's performances of Monteverdi, director Rinaldo Alessandrini hazarded 'elasticity'. 'Is that the word?', he queried ABC Radio National's Andrew Ford (who had suggested 'freedom'). It was, yes, ...

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The Lady in the Van ★★★1/2

Peter Rose
Monday, 29 February 2016

The Lady in the Van may be a great comic character, but she is one of the unlikelier Britons ever to earn a blue plaque in her honour. Yet one now adorns the façade of 23 Gloucester Crescent, the London address that she besieged for fifteen years. Alan Bennett – her landlord of sorts ...

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Voyage to the Moon (Musica Viva/Victorian Opera) ★★★1/2

Ian Dickson
Thursday, 25 February 2016

In this era of the jukebox musical, it is not surprising that the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century equivalent, the pasticcio opera, should be undergoing a revival. A couple of seasons ago, New York's Metropolitan Opera created a version, The Enchanted Island, which received a mainly ...

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Luisa Miller (Opera Australia) ★★★★1/2

Peter Rose
Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The gestation of some of Giuseppe Verdi's operas was more tumultuous than his often twisted plots. Luisa Miller – which is now being seen in Sydney prior to a shorter season in Melbourne – was as fraught as any of them? Salvatore Cammarano owed the Teatro San Carlo in Naples a libretto ...

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The Update - March 8, 2016

Monday, 22 February 2016

The return of Olivier Messiaen, La Mama seeks submissions from patrons and performers, Green Room Awards nominees announced, Porter Prize ceremony ...

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The Update - March 22, 2016

Monday, 22 February 2016

Why is bad singing so funny? Why do missed high notes induce such hilarity? Is it all vaudeville or a case of Schadenfreude? Curiously, we have two new films about the egregious soprano par excellence, Florence Foster Jenkins (whose awful recordings are legendary and who died soon after ...

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The Update - February 23, 2016

Monday, 22 February 2016

Sydney Symphony Orchestra flash sale, States of Poetry, Winner of the inaugural Dorothy Hewett Award announced, fortyfivedownstairs's new season, Cancellation of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, Newcastle Writers' Festival ...

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Perth International Arts Festival 2016

Alison Croggon
Friday, 19 February 2016

As a not-quite-indefatigable cultural itinerant, my memories of Perth are all of festival time. Usually, my arrival is the signal for the temperature to leap into the mid-forties, imbuing the experience with a patina of sweat and a dose of climatic paranoia. PIAF 2016, artistic director Wendy ...

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