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Stories from Home: One Infinity
What happens when collaborating artists share no common language but sound?
We ask choreographer Gideon Obarzanek and musical director Genevieve Lacey, two of the artists involved in the incredible Chinese-Australian project One Infinity. This dance and music collaboration saw Australian artists work with musicians from the Jun Tian Fang guqin cultural centre in Beijing.
Lacey spent a month at the centre in October 2015, developing the project and learning from local artists. The One Infinity performances, taking place as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, sprang from that original collaboration and feature artists from both countries.
Hosted by curator and dancer Nithya Nagarajan, join Obarzanek and Lacey – plus Jun Tian Fang founder Wang Peng and his translator, and British composer and One Infinity collaborator Max de Wardener – for a conversation about artistic exchange and language beyond words.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Invasion of the Pod People: Trace
In 1980, Maria James was found murdered in the back of her Thornbury bookshop. In the years since, her death (and its mysterious circumstances) have haunted her two sons, and dogged Detective Ron Iddles. One of Australia’s most respected homicide detectives, the now-retired Iddles has never really let the unsolved killing go. It was his first case.
The Maria James…
Emily Nussbaum: Culture, Criticism and TV Today
'Criticism is a form of theatre,' Emily Nussbaum has said. 'I'm writing for an audience and I don't want to bore them.'
As the New Yorker's TV critic, Nussbaum has won a large and devoted international audience by giving contemporary television the incisive, sophisticated and entertaining criticism it deserves. At the Melbourne Writers Festival, she joined Bhakthi Puvanenthiran for a discussion…
Invasion of the Pod People
June Thomas is the senior managing producer of Slate podcasts – and if you’ve ever listened to a Slate podcast, you’re probably already familiar with her affable Northern English accent.
Through her two decades on staff, Thomas has featured in the outlet’s popular ‘Gabfests’ (Culture, Political) The Waves (née Double X Gabfest), and helmed projects like The…
The Show of the Year 2018
Line up your partridges and your pear trees – 2018’s almost done with us. Feeling confused? Foggy on the details? Hark! The Wheeler Centre’s Show of the Year is here to help you reflect, review and revel in the year that was – with a little help from our friends.
Sports fans were spoiled with a FIFA World Cup, the Pyeongchang…
Eric Idle: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
His friends include Mick Jagger and Steve Martin, and his fans include the late Elvis Presley. He’s a novelist, a songwriter, an actor, a surrealist and a comic luminary. And he’s the author of the most popular funeral song in the United Kingdom. Eric Idle, most famous as one sixth of the Monty Python comedy group, is coming to Melbourne.
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