From her early days as a model in the late 1950s, through to her starring roles in cinema in the 1960s and her landmark musical collaboration with the Velvet Underground in 1967, Nico fascinated the world. Now British actor Maxine Peake is stepping into Nico’s shoes for this show that digs into the performer’s dark past.
Japan's TeamLab is an art collective whose members include mathematicians, architects, CG animators and engineers. Everything they do is cutting edge but also community-oriented, driven by the latest in technology but a very human need for connection.
When we talk about landmark moments in Australian playwriting, it’s hard to go past Who’s Afraid of the Working Class, the collaboration between four of our finest writers – Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves and Christos Tsiolkas – and composer Irine Vela. Now they’re reuniting to mark the work’s 20th anniversary at Melbourne Festival with a brand new show.
It is one thing to watch a magic show, with an illusionist able to deliver clever conjuring from the distance of a stage, the aid of lighting and the possibility of audience plants. But it's a very different matter to have dinner with a 'mentalist' and illusionist and experience the magic at close quarters.
Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter makes some of the most distinctively vibrant dance anywhere in the world. In 2016 he was nominated for a Tony Award for choreographing a brilliant new Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, but he’s best known for the shows he creates with his own company.
English theatre company 1927 has a signature style that’s seen it embark on massively successful tours around the world. Combining handmade animations with live performance, they create extraordinary onstage worlds, and are perhaps best known for creating Barrie Kosky’s celebrated production of The Magic Flute.
Australia’s master of spectacular, large-scale laser installations, Robin Fox is joining with Melbourne performance company Chamber Made for this new Melbourne Festival show. He’s promising projections, illusions and “sense-defying lasers” in this bold and futuristic melding of art, music, performance and design.
Stephanie Lake’s Colossus will unleash that power, mould it and bunch it, and throw it around the space, in ways that are thrilling and frightening and entirely unforgettable. This is a show the world deserves to see.
Melbourne’s Chunky Move has a massive reputation in the contemporary dance world, forged first by its founding director Gideon Obarzanek and then its latest director Anouk Van Dijk. Now Antony Hamilton is taking over the reins of the company, and will premiere his first work as artistic director at this year’s Melbourne Festival.
American singer-songwriter Joan Wasser has been a force in music ever since she joined the Dambuilders as a violinist in the early 1990s. Since then she’s played with Black Beetle, Antony and the Johnsons and Those Bastard Souls, and since 2004 she’s been going solo under the stage name Joan As Police Woman.