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Dying for immortality, this artist wants you to dispose of her body

Dying for immortality, this artist wants you to dispose of her body

Performance artist Georgia Banks is staging a provocative new work where members of the public are invited to ‘audition’ to curate her eventual funeral.

  • by Nick Miller

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‘Absolutely extraordinary’: The VR moment that astonished an Aussie movie legend

‘Absolutely extraordinary’: The VR moment that astonished an Aussie movie legend

Bruce Beresford is directing an opera that will be broadcast live in virtual reality. When he put on VR goggles for the first time, his reaction was sheer astonishment.

  • by Nick Miller
The shadow of war asked a question it took writing a play to answer

The shadow of war asked a question it took writing a play to answer

Should we forget or remember the horrors of the past? It took a trip to Berlin for playwright Joanna Murray-Smith to begin to answer that question.

  • by Catherine Lambert
Why don’t we see more pregnant performers? This soprano hopes we will

Why don’t we see more pregnant performers? This soprano hopes we will

Kathryn Radcliffe is about to take to the stage to debut in The Pearl Fishers, while six months pregnant with her second daughter.

  • by Catherine Lambert
The year of nothing and everything

The year of nothing and everything

Becoming a mother has brought profound creative changes for The Middle Kids’ Hannah Joy.

  • by Bernard Zuel
Crime and thrills in a ’60s sanctuary recalled for festival show

Crime and thrills in a ’60s sanctuary recalled for festival show

A new play premiering for Melbourne’s rescheduled Midsumma Festival recalls the sights, sounds and conflicts of the old Kings Cross in Sydney.

  • by Steve Dow
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Experimental dance crosses the line between artful and silly
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Experimental dance crosses the line between artful and silly

A mix of dancing and absurdist sketch comedy leaves its audience in the dark as to who it’s making fun of.

  • by Andrew Fuhrmann
‘A beautiful kind of symmetry’: Phantom of the Opera coming to Sydney

‘A beautiful kind of symmetry’: Phantom of the Opera coming to Sydney

Josh Piterman has landed the lead role in Opera Australia’s production of the Phantom of the Opera, to be shown at the Sydney Opera House from September.

  • by Amelia McGuire
Adorable characters and acrobatic marvels lift Shaun the Sheep Circus Show

Adorable characters and acrobatic marvels lift Shaun the Sheep Circus Show

Brisbane-based circus company Circa has created a fun-filled, action-packed and hilarious adaptation of Aardman’s animated classic.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
The woman behind Rodin’s kiss

The woman behind Rodin’s kiss

Wendy Beckett’s Claudel resurrects the little-known figure behind some of Rodin’s famous sculptural works.

  • by Steve Meacham
Is it a walking tour, a reading group, a piece of theatre, or a dance?

Is it a walking tour, a reading group, a piece of theatre, or a dance?

The Walking Reading Group, part of the Arts House reopening event, is a thoughtful combination of performance and social reflection.

  • by Andrew Fuhrmann