The Wheeler Centre Gala 2019: Crush: Megan Washington
For our 2019 Gala Night of Storytelling, we invited some of our favourite writers and thinkers to dish about their fictional crush. It may have been a character of page, stage, screen or stereo – or some life-changing, out-of-reach hero of the real world.
In this clip, Megan Washington closes the night with an original song.
Natives: In Conversation with Akala
Award-winning hip-hop artist, social entrepreneur and writer Akala joins host Andy Butler in conversation about his bestselling debut, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire, a searing, modern polemic on race and class in the British Empire.
He reflects on growing up poor, mixed race and politicised in Britain during the eighties and nineties and widens his…
The Show of the Year 2018: Enio Pozzebon
Each year – for our Show of the Year – we bring together a range of writers, performers, artists and comedians to help you reflect, review and revel in the year that was. And 2018 was no exception.
For November, Enio Pozzebon leads a musical tribute to Sisto Malaspina.
2018 Favourites: Wheeler Centre Staff
We finish 2018 with the books, films, television, podcasts and, really, anything that nourished Wheeler Centre staff during the past 12 months.
‘When a body moves, it's the most revealing thing,’ the great Mikhail Baryshnikov once said. ‘Dance for me a minute, and I'll tell you who you are.’
Some of us move like panthers. Some of us move like projectiles. Some of us move like north-easterly low-pressure systems. Maybe it's the revelatory possibilities of dance that make it such a thrilling…
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Stories from Home: Layla and Majnun: A Persian Love Story
Serpil Senelmis, Aida Huseynova and Shokoofeh Azar
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 hosted a conversation about the significance of the Layla and Majnun legend, in the past and today, and on the nature of Persian storytelling traditions more broadly.
Hear from musicologist Aida Huseynova, an expert in the music and culture of Azerbaijan, who consulted on the Layla and Majnun production; and from Shokoofeh Azar, acclaimed author of The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, who drew on Persian legends when writing her Stella Prize-shortlisted novel.
With host Serpil Senelmis, the pair discuss deep, burning love in Persian storytelling, the traditions of mugham music, and the role of adaptation and interpretation in keeping traditional stories alive.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Arts Festival.
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Promotional image from The Cockatoos
Victorian Opera is staging an uniquely Australian opera, The Cockatoos, based on a Patrick White short story.
Sung in English, the opera looks at a relationship in crisis as Olive and her husband Mick haven’t spoken for years communicating only by notes, until a stray cockatoo breaks their standoff. Librettist Sarah Carradine based her work on one of…
Two landmark figures in the history of jazz visited Melbourne recently as guests of the Wheeler Centre and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Jean-Hervé Peron and Tony Conrad both spoke at community radio station 3RRR’s Performance Space. The events received rave reviews from observers, particularly the interview with krautrock pioneer and professional eccentric Jean-Hervé Peron, so even though we weren’t able to film the…
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