Acting Out: Art that Changes the World
‘We don’t have to accept our world as it is, the ways we’re told we should navigate it,’ Steve Lambert has argued. ‘The democratic ideal [is] that we’re not subject to culture: we can create it.’
The guerrilla artist and founder of the New York-based Center for Artistic Activism makes work that is funny, meaningful, accessible and often radical –…
The Wheeler Centre
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.
Working with Pictures: Mary Leunig
Mary Leunig is an artist based in regional Victoria. She spoke with us about her first drawing, bad advice at art school and The Bible in Pictures.
Working with Pictures: Eloise Grills
Eloise Grills is an award-winning visual essayist, poet, educator and memoir editor for Scum Magazine. She spoke with us about death, get-happy-quick schemes and bad think pieces.
Come Together: Rethinking Art and Citizenship
What role can art play in transforming democracies? How can theatre and performance act as a vehicle to test drive new realities? And what happens when children are not students – but researchers and collaborators?
Sibylle Peters is the founder of Fundus Theatre in Germany, where children, artists, researchers and citizens of all ages meet to explore and change the…
Fame, Feast and Femme Fatale: The Banquet of Cleopatra
The legend of Cleopatra has everything: opulence, power, seduction and celebrity.
The audacious power plays and tumultuous love affairs of the last queen of Egypt have captivated artists, musicians, filmmakers and writers for more than 2000 years.
The Banquet of Cleopatra (1743-44) by Giambattista Tiepolo is a prized painting in the NGV Permanent Collection. Discover the provenance and meaning of…
Anything and everything in Art from across our archives.
Explore these other subjects, across our site.