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Wednesday 9 October 2013
Art Arts Featured

q&a: artist sarah field on ‘centre of my sinful earth’

Grace Carroll
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    Sarah Field’s Centre of my Sinful Earth is a provocative installation that both fascinates and repulses. Intrigued, I spoke with Field about the work, which will soon be exhibited at the MARS Gallery, Port Melbourne. Can you tell us a little about Centre of my sinful earth? Centre of my Sinful Earth is a large…
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Tuesday 20 August 2013
Art Arts Theatre

‘bijou’: a gem of a cabaret set to debut in canberra

Grace Carroll
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    We have all heard the saying ‘a picture is worth 1000 words’. For Canberra-based theatre veteran Chrissie Shaw, this rang true a few years ago during a visit to a Melbourne art gallery. There Shaw was struck by a black-and-white photograph, Madame Bijou in the Bar de la Lune, Paris (1932).  This image set her…
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Saturday 10 August 2013
Art Arts

exhibition review: ‘sydney moderns’

Grace Carroll
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  Between the First and Second World Wars Sydney developed into the modern metropolis it is today.  Nothing epitomised this transformation quite like the Sydney Harbour Bridge; the massive steel structure that took a decade to construct and, upon its opening in 1932, promised a vibrant and progressive future for Australia’s most populous city. But…
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Thursday 25 July 2013
Art Arts Theatre

opera review: ‘sunday in the park with george’

Grace Carroll
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When Georges Seurat completed A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte in 1884 he could only have dreamed of the iconic status the painting would achieve. He would, no doubt, have wanted to demonstrate his artistic credentials and silence his many critics. Inspiring a Pulitzer Prize winning musical one hundred years later was…
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Tuesday 23 July 2013
Art Arts

exhibition review: ‘australian impressionists in france’

Grace Carroll
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  Impressionism is one of the most popular modern art movements. Those who confess to know little about art are often familiar with the work of French painters Claude Monet and the likes. Impressionism, it seems, is a 19th century art movement that is associated with all things French. And the appeal of French taste…
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Friday 28 June 2013
Art Arts

artist profile: maria richardson

Grace Carroll
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  Maria Richardson is an eclectic Geelong-based artist who makes vibrant artworks inspired by the Australian landscape, amongst others things. Recently, I had a chat with Maria to find out more about her work as she prepares for her first solo show in November. Can you tell me a little about your background? I was…
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Friday 21 June 2013
Art Arts Theatre

vale betty burstall: melbourne farewells its godmother of theatre

Grace Carroll
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Last week, Australia said goodbye to one of its theatrical matriarchs. Betty Burstall, the enigmatic founder of Melbourne’s La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, died peacefully aged 87. Her legacy includes the theatre she founded in the 1970s and the countless playwrights, actors, directors and other creatives she nurtured over her long career. When Burstall founded…
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Friday 7 June 2013
Art Arts

‘opal vapour’: an innovative dancework inspired by javanese arts

Grace Carroll
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  A dancework that explores ‘connections to place, landscape and origins’. This is how performance maker and designer Paula van Beek describes Opal Vapour. The formidable piece combines elements of traditional Javanese arts with contemporary dance, music and design. I spoke with van Beek as she and her talented collaborators, dancer and choreographer Jade Dewi…
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Monday 27 May 2013
Art Arts

opera review: ‘nixon in china’

Grace Carroll
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  ‘A modern masterpiece’ is how Victorian Opera describes its new production of Nixon in China.  After seeing the production, which showed at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne, I can say that the description is spot on. In this exciting adaptation of John Adams’s classic 1987 opera, Victorian Opera brings to life a heroic story that…
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Tuesday 30 April 2013
Art Arts

natalie abbott’s ‘physical fractals’: a hypnotic dance work comes to sydney

Grace Carroll
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  A dance work that captivates ‘an audience so much that they are actively engaging with the performance’ is how choreographer and performer Natalie Abbott describes Physical Fractals, her latest piece. Following on from its recent inclusion in Melbourne’s Dance Massive, where it both impressed and disorientated audiences, the piece will be performed at Sydney’s PACT Centre For Emerging Artists later…
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Thursday 18 April 2013
Art Arts Featured Theatre

‘pea’: a playful production for kids big & small

Grace Carroll
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‘Kids and adults alike will be taken on a journey’ promises Cathy Petocz, the star of Pea. This inventive interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Princess and the Pea is premiering at the Street Theatre, Canberra this month. I had a chat to Petocz to find out all about the show, from…
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Saturday 6 April 2013
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exhibition review: ‘glorious days’

Grace Carroll
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  I have been nostalgic about the past for as long as I can remember. The clothing, technology and society of bygone eras have always seemed far more interesting to me than the present day. This interest in mind, I found myself drawn to the new exhibition at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, which…
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Thursday 14 March 2013
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theatre review: ‘bell shakespeare’s henry 4′

Grace Carroll
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  The Sex Pistols meet William Shakespeare. It isn’t often that these two British cultural icons are grouped together. Yet Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Henry 4 does just this, and much more, to present a punk-inspired interpretation of the classic play. The production debuted a few weeks ago in Canberra, and will soon open…
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Monday 4 March 2013
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exhibition review: ‘toulouse-lautrec – paris and the moulin rouge’

Grace Carroll
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    Prostitutes, drunkards and erotic dancers. These were amongst the favourite subjects of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), whose art is the subject of a major retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris and the Moulin Rouge is composed of more than 100 works spanning his brief yet celebrated career. This includes…
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