Seeking Representation | Natali Caro

Identity politics has been a zeigeist-y topic for a few years now with discussion, particularly amongst the arts and entertainment industries, about notions of representation, appropriation, and authenticity. In Seeking Representation, comedian Natali Caro brings together considerations of identity and celebrity to interrogate boundaries of performer, performance, and audience.

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Yung Lung | Chunky Move

Image by Yaya Stempler

Every few months someone on Twitter will dig up a famously ironic quote from scientist Clifford Stoll in a 1995 MPR interview discussing the future of the Internet: “I think it’s grossly oversold and within two or three years people will shrug and say, ‘Uh yep, it was a fad of the early 90’s and now, oh yeah, it still exists but hey, I’ve got a life to lead and work to do. I don’t have time to waste online.'” Thinking about how wrong he was is either funny or chilling, depending on your own predictions for the future.

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Grey Rhino | Charmene Yap & Cass Mortimer Eipper with Performing Lines

Image by Daniel Boud

American policy analyst Michele Wucker in her 2016 book the Gray Rhino referred to dangers people choose to ignore as “A highly probable, high-impact threat: something we ought to see coming, like a two-tonne rhinoceros aiming its horn in our direction and preparing to charge.” Inspired by this quote Grey Rhino explores the way people deny, ignore, and procrastinate on impending problems to their own detriment.

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Marrugeku: Telling That Story Launch | Marrugeku & Performance Research Books

This year marks 25 years since Mimi was commissioned by Festival of Perth and the trans-Indigenous and intercultural performance company Marrugeku was born. In celebration, performance practise publisher Performance Research Books has collaborated with the company to bring a comprehensive history of their performances and practises to print.

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SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert | Bangarra Dance Theatre

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The first new full-length work from Bangarra in three years tells the stories and knowledge of the Wangkatjungka and Walmajarri people from the Kimberley and Great Sandy Desert regions. The combination of traditional dances, interpretations of true stories, and exploration of colonisation in SandSong are performed in honour of cultural collaborator and Wangkatjungka woman Ningali Josie Lawford-Wolf.

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INTACT | Fuser Production

Image by Adam Scarf

For a dancer, the body is an instrument, a tool, a direct connection to the spirit. INTACT, then, uses movement and dance to explore the body after injury, processing trauma, and being reinvented. For the performer, the relationship between mind and body is paramount to telling this story.

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Razorhurst Walking Tour | Blancmange Productions

In the 1920s and 30s, Sydney earned a variety of newspaper nicknames including Knifehurst and Bottlehurst but the one that stuck was Razorhurst. Blancmange Productions returns this year with another true crime event that dives into the actual locations of murder and revenge during some of Sydney’s bloodiest years.

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Spirit: a retrospective 2021 | Bangarra Dance Theatre

Image by Jacquie Manning

After a long interruption to performing in 2020, Bangarra return to the stage with Spirit, a show comprised of pieces from their repertoire over 31 years. The performance represents an opportunity for healing and reconnecting as Artistic Director Stephen Page says, “Dance is our medicine, a practice which connects the past, present and future through the communication, and passing on, of cultural knowledge.”

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Humans 2.0 | Circa

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Much of circus is about the spectacle; making unbelievable feats of human strength and agility effortless and entertaining. After the success of Humans at Sydney Festival in 2017, Circa returns with the revamped Humans 2.0 which examines touch, intimacy, connection in the wake of COVID-19.

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Dislocation | Wild Hearts Youth Dance Company

Image by Josh Groom

Childhood is a precious time of freedom and imagination that we feel an innate desire to protect but not all children receive adequate protection. In Dislocation, eleven children navigate abandonment in a story of resilience and teamwork.

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