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Layla and Majnun: A Persian Love Story
An ancient, epic tale of star-crossed lovers, Layla and Majnun is more than 1000 years old. The story is revived at this year’s Melbourne International Arts Festival, in a magnificent dance production choreographed by Mark Morris.
As a complement to these performances, the Wheeler Centre is hosting a conversation about the significance of the Layla and Majnun legend, in the…
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What happens when collaborating artists share no common language but sound?
We’ll 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 Big Grapple: Dave Graney
'There is no fame like that of an underworld God.'
Dave Graney talks music and fame at The Big Grapple: Loving and Loathing New York City – a night of storytelling from Melburnians who don't heart NY.
The Big Grapple was part of MEL&NYC – a city-wide cultural festival celebrating all things New York and Melbourne – and featured nine…
The Big Grapple: Tina Del Twist
'Music is how we connect.'
Tina Del Twist performs a New York classic at The Big Grapple: Loving and Loathing New York City – a night of storytelling from Melburnians who don't heart NY.
The Big Grapple was part of MEL&NYC – a city-wide cultural festival celebrating all things New York and Melbourne – and featured nine stories about fantasy…
The Wheeler Centre
Nate DiMeo’s Memory Palace
Nate DiMeo is the voice and producer of The Memory Palace, a celebrated storytelling podcast about the past. In this conversation, recorded live at Geelong Regional Library & Heritage Centre, he talks about history, time and wonder – and how he's built a creative livelihood around his writing. Hosted by Jon Tjhia.
Jon Tjhia and Nate DiMeo at Geelong Library and Heritage Centre — Photo: Helen Withycombe
In each short Memory Palace episode, DiMeo’s evocative, elegiac monologues reach back into history, returning with quiet magic; a flickering of something timeless. More than many podcasts, the show hinges on writing. ‘I'm just looking for some little fleck of something wonderful in the past,’ DiMeo has said of the process. ‘I latch onto that thing that moved me … We know the subject; what's the story? That's the part that takes forever.’
Based in Los Angeles, he’s recently been the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s artist in residence. Other recent writing projects include ghostwriting Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America with the Parks and Recreation writing team, several TV staff writing gigs and a novel in progress.
Note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of this recording, due to technical circumstances beyond our control.Clips featured in this episode Excerpt from 'One to Another', episode 59 of The Allusionist 'Fifty Words Written After Learning the Arctic Bowhead Whale Can Live up to Two Hundred Years', episode 50 of The Memory Palace
Both used with permission.
This event was part of The Creative Exchange, presented in partnership with Creative Victoria, the Wheeler Centre and Geelong Regional Libraries.
Alia Shawkat in Conversation
It's almost like that episode of Arrested Development when Maeby accompanies her father to an audition, and ends up becoming a film exec: Alia Shawkat is calling the shots.
Maeby Fünke, the droll teenage con-artist, was of course the role that made Shawkat famous. In the years since the original Arrested Development series wrapped, Shawkat has sought out offbeat roles…
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