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Why dancers make great lovers: Bangarra’s Stephen Page

Why dancers make great lovers: Bangarra’s Stephen Page

The longtime artistic director on finally having time to grieve the death of his brothers, leaving Bangarra after 30-plus years – and why dancers have an edge.

  • by Benjamin Law

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Choreography works are engrossing, but there’s barely a dance step in sight

Choreography works are engrossing, but there’s barely a dance step in sight

The national biennial award commissions original works by Australian artists and this year’s four performers create feats of the imagination.

  • by Jill Sykes
Ferocious, topical and sassy: the new show you cannot, must not miss
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Ferocious, topical and sassy: the new show you cannot, must not miss

A new musical gives a Girl Power makeover to the story of Henry VIII’s wives, in a pop-fuelled production inspired by divas like Beyonce, Adele and Sia.

  • by Cameron Woodhead, Andrew Fuhrmann, Tony Way and Kate Herbert
Hamilton director’s next move could be an Australian first

Hamilton director’s next move could be an Australian first

Passing Strange may be the first Australian show to offer a BLACK OUT night – a performance for audiences identifying as people of colour.

  • by John Bailey
Older, wiser, more empathetic: The Chaser team reunites for one last laugh

Older, wiser, more empathetic: The Chaser team reunites for one last laugh

The original team of seven comedians is reuniting for the first time in over a decade. How do they reflect on 20 years of comedy?

  • by Anthony Segaert
Banned 60 years ago, this ‘obscene’ Anzac play makes its Australian debut

Banned 60 years ago, this ‘obscene’ Anzac play makes its Australian debut

Are we ready for Peter Yeldham’s play that the censors stopped from appearing on our screens in 1962?

  • by Steve Meacham
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Fart jokes and death metal lullabies: Cult kids’ duo have the holidays sorted

Fart jokes and death metal lullabies: Cult kids’ duo have the holidays sorted

The Listies top the list with their rambunctious and ridiculous comedy, but parents will need to get in quick for the best holiday shows around Melbourne.

  • by Kate Herbert
Cattle calls, stress, high kicks: Scrapping for work in the cut-throat dance world

Cattle calls, stress, high kicks: Scrapping for work in the cut-throat dance world

Melbourne-born Caitlin Marks made it through the first auditions for the Rockettes, the New York dance company that personifies Christmas in the Big Apple.

  • by Nick Miller
The Jezabels take no Prisoners in triumphant trip back in time
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The Jezabels take no Prisoners in triumphant trip back in time

The beloved Sydneysiders prove their 2011 magnum opus might be one of the last great “proper” Australian albums.

  • by George Palathingal
‘A f---ing good story’: Minnie Driver on Damon, Weinstein and being ‘difficult’

‘A f---ing good story’: Minnie Driver on Damon, Weinstein and being ‘difficult’

Harvey Weinstein didn’t fancy her and she was seen as “difficult” during her career peak – two things the actor is now very thankful for.

  • by Louise Carpenter
‘Victory for spinster theatregoers’ after Arts Centre denied tourist a ticket

‘Victory for spinster theatregoers’ after Arts Centre denied tourist a ticket

Melbourne Arts Centre changed its ticketing policy after fielding criticism for what some said was discrimination against single theatregoers.

  • by Nick Miller