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Arts Features

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 2:16pm

Gay liberation in Melbourne has come a long way in the last 40 years – improved public perception once contributed to decriminalisation; now it leverages public backing for gay marriage and adoption.

 

Come January, a vista of diversity and embrace overcomes the city in welcoming the 30th Midsumma Festival. A glittering lineup of cabaret personalities, high-octane theatre, film,...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:08pm

 

Tell us about your show.
Frankie Valentine: Baby Got Back is a collective of female performers driven to explore concepts of the body in a live, multimedia space. We use dance, puppetry, burlesque, circus, film and stripping to entertain and to shine light on the female experience. Vesper White: It’s a real wildcard of a show. We do the weird, sexy, bizarre shit you don’t see...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:06pm

 

Tell us about your event.  Queer and Alternative Life Drawing is inspired by events I run at Confest alternative living festival. A variety of models will be posing outside the normal life drawing roles for example in same sex couples or in tableaux of three or more. I can provide informal coaching for new artists so the event is suitable for anyone over 18 with a broad mind and an...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:45pm

 

Tell us about your show. I play a character called Rhonda Butchmore – an homage to stage legend Rhonda Burchmore – and in this show I am giving the audience backstage tours of Arts Centre Melbourne as Rhonda with my comedy partner Kyle Minall. Whilst you get to see real backstage locations and learn real facts about the building, Rhonda also throws in a few of her own stories for a...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:45pm

 

Tell us about your show. Born and bred in Melbourne, it’s not a global love affair. Four-hundred-thousand audience members across five continents, someone told me recently (in Paris) that it’s the longest lasting and the most awarded provocative variety of our times. True? We just won our 16th award, the International Theatre Institute’s International Presentation of the Year across...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:40pm

 

Tell us about your show. The key theme works around the notion that our identities are expressions of the same female essence and that we each express different aspects of this fundamental nature. Considering ourselves and others in this way can dissolve the idea of difference, inspire curiosity and make it possible to wonder at the breadth and beauty of what being female is.
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Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:37pm

 

Where did the inspiration for your show come from?
Playing to Win is inspired by my search to attain even the slightest level of success,  only to reach my thirties and realise I have no idea what success means. It's stand-up comedy, live music and storytelling blended together as only I can, with rage, humour and a lot of critical thinking behind even the stupidest of jokes....

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:01pm

It must be a frightening realisation for a comedian, to learn they’re fresh out of killer anecdotes. It’s something that’s crossed Nick Cody’s mind before. “I worry about that stuff, thinking, 'Oh shit, I did all this fun stuff in the past and now I don’t know if I’m going to get any stories,'” he explains. “I always forget that I will most definitely make mistakes.”

 

“I just...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 11:48am

To say that Cirque du Soleil’s shows are elaborate production numbers understates their magnitude.

 

For every show, the Quebecoise-based circus phenomenon builds an elaborate microcosmos beneath the big top, transporting patrons to fantastic realms where gasps are guaranteed.
 
While Kooza, the company’s latest show to hit Oz, returns to the meat and...

Posted 29 Dec 2016 @ 1:54pm

For media hounds, 2016 was a whirlwind year, with a ton of great music and film accompanying the loss of so very many of our artistic heroes. It was also a year of grand heights in cinema – especially for animated film – and crushing lows, mostly delivered on hype wagons whose wheels came off on opening night. Naturally, these picks are but my humble opinion, and don’t include some of the year...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 12:52pm

It's a busy time of year for most, but for talented Shimmerlands' Film Programmer Lauren Valmadre, a lot of hard work is about to come together in an amazing way.

 

Taking over the University of Melbourne in Parkville for two months, Shimmerlands is a mammoth summer festival set to celebrate music, cinema and the best food our city has to offer.
 
"It's really nice to...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 12:03pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. After Disney's surprisingly divisive Star Wars effort (which I dug), the Boxing Day Onslaught has finally arrived: the cinematic equivalent of...

Posted 16 Dec 2016 @ 1:56pm

This summer, the team behind Shadow Electric will bring you Shimmerlands, a two-month event that brings together an outdoor cinema, concerts, multiple bars, and outdoor dining. The 2017 cinema program is bursting with music documentaries, so we've narrowed it down to five of our favourites. 

 

1. One More Time With Feeling (2016)

 

It's the heartbreaking documentary...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 2:11pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, Disney beats everyone to the punch, with what is shaping up to be the biggest screen event of the year.

 

I, too, intend to punch first by getting a few more of these big ol' Boxing Day launches out of the way. I'm dosing you out another three so that you can still fit...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:09pm

A cinema experience unlike any other, Phillippe Parreno’s free exhibition takes visitors through ACMI’s huge basement gallery, full of sound and inflatable fish, leading to a single screen displaying a retrospective of 30 short filmic works by the French artist and filmmaker. We speak with the exhibition’s sound designer, Nicolas Becker.

 

From Marilyn Monroe’s ghost to a free...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:20pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. I'm easing the BOXING DAY OVERLOAD here by introducing a film *previewed* this week that doesn't launch for a fortnight.

 

In an interesting turn of events after last week's strong female turnout,...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:06pm

Curiosity has led Jad Abumrad down many exciting paths.

 

The founder and co-host of acclaimed science and philosophy podcast Radiolab originally studied to be a film composer. His passion for music has never waned, and he relishes the intricate similarities that encompass his various loves. 
 
"When you're telling stories, there's something very musical that's deep...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 12:02pm

Anyone who’s seen a segment of The Eric Andre Show knows how difficult it is to do it justice through description alone. Phoning in from the US, the talk show host himself takes a moment, pondering the perfect summary. “It’s like poop and pee mixed together,” he eventually declares. A pregnant pause ensues, until Andre mercifully relieves the tension, roaring with laughter. “That stopped you...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 10:56am

We love a market here at Beat, particularly come summer. And when you think about it, what's not to like? A great market combines some of the best aspects of Melbourne life – a hustling and bustling place where art, music, food and culture collide. A conglomeration of makers and admirers, showcasing handmade wares and goods of their own creation direct to the public is a sure-fire way to find...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 4:07pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, the ladies reign supreme with lead roles in all five films.

 

Plus, three of the six directors are women, meaning actual equal representation! At least for this week, anyway.

 

The women in these stories are not two-dimensional: they are champions, leaders...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 12:15pm

The Made In Melbourne film festival is about celebrating some of the city's most hardworking and talented minds. Growing from an evening of cinema at an intimate bar, it has cultivated into a week-long event at some of Melbourne’s biggest venues.

 

“It started off when went up Sydney for Tropfest, which is the world’s largest short film festival,” says director Ivan Malekin, who...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:57pm

 

How do you begin a career in the circus industry? I’ve always had a lust for adventure and a healthy disregard for my own wellbeing - this seems to feed in well to a career in sideshow and unusual feats.
 
You incorporate a host of dark carnival and punk-related aesthetic in your show. What is it about carnival-punk that you love?I see a lot of darkness in the world so I...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:49pm

 

Caliban is a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, with a focus on the threat of climate change. What inspired this creative direction? The director, Dave Kelman pitched the Ensemble the idea, but set in the Pacific Islands.  I didn’t realise climate change was real, until there was this post of the Samoan president saying “Please help us. We’re sinking.” That’s what motivated me...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 12:38pm

With acclaimed circus and physical theatre performer, independent artist, teacher and director Debra Batton at the helm, the National Institute of Circus Arts' (NICA) final year students are on the cusp of showing us once again why circus has become such a serious art form in Australia in their new show The Landscape Project.

 

Charming, funny and as fit as fuck in her fifties,...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 11:02am

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, the folks at A Night Of Horror / Fantastic Planet Film Festival are looking forward to your company!

 

But that's an article in and of itself (if I play my cards right)....

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 12:36pm

We all probably know a little bit about Marie Antoinette: French Queen, big-hair, beheaded. She's perhaps most famous for coining the phrase “Let them eat cake,” but did she actually say that? While the history books have done an excellent job mythologising this powerful, yet vilified, monarch, how can we ever know who she truly was?

 

It's a question that’s captured the...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 12:17pm

Fix up a strong tea with no sugar and you’ll share something in common with how British comedian, Bill Bailey, likes his cup of tea. But the commonalities are likely to stop there, as Bailey would much rather consume his tea from a flask – and that’s exactly where his uniqueness begins each day.

 

 “It’s quite nice to have tea out of a flask and it’s good to just have a flask of...

Posted 4 Nov 2016 @ 4:02pm

The sun is finally doing its job  and there's never been a better time to get atop a rooftop and sink a few beers. To start your weekend off right, we've put together a list of some of Melbourne's best rooftop bars. From swankier selections to easygoing hangouts, make the ascent to a higher place with our comprehensive guide. 

 

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Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 12:39pm

 

What should audiences expect from seeing Anti-Hamlet? The audience can engage with Anti-Hamlet on all sorts of levels. As a straight up comedy, a satire of contemporary Australia, a parody of Shakespeare’s play. There’s also some real human moments and an extraordinary cast playing big characters.
 
How does the show rework Shakespeare's original? We’ve taken some...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 11:32am

As they tread the boards together in the early '80s, a young Francis Greenslade sensed his friend Shaun Micallef was destined for big things. “I’m lucky I got hold of him when he was young and impressionable at uni and forced him to employ me every show he does,” jokes Greenslade.

 

Indeed, Greenslade has been a regular fixture in Micallef’s projects for years now, popping up in...

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