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A great-grandfather’s monumental life, memorialised in music

A great-grandfather’s monumental life, memorialised in music

Sax player Matt Keegan has written a soulful tribute to his great grandfather.

  • by Nick Galvin

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Having children made this dancer dig deep, and reach new heights

Having children made this dancer dig deep, and reach new heights

Amy Harris is in her 20th year at The Australian Ballet, whose maternity leave policy helps dancers return with new maturity and assuredness.

  • by Catherine Lambert
Melbourne’s arts hearts beat again as galactic lasers replace ghost lights

Melbourne’s arts hearts beat again as galactic lasers replace ghost lights

Robin Fox will fire lasers into a galaxy of crystals to celebrate the post-pandemic return of performances to Arts House in North Melbourne.

  • by Nick Miller
Exquisite voices save opera that proves more weary than wondrous
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Exquisite voices save opera that proves more weary than wondrous

The puppets and slapstick comedy in The Sleeping Beauty seemed made for children, but not the darkness and grief.

  • by Bridget Davies
Something wicked this way comes: a Macbeth lost in his fears
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Something wicked this way comes: a Macbeth lost in his fears

Nathaniel Dean delivers an intriguing read of one of Shakespeare’s most famous characters, dialling down his conscience and delving deep into paranoia and delusion.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
A great rehearsal - now bring on the main event

A great rehearsal - now bring on the main event

This exciting performance was a tantalising glimpse of a major new work.

  • by Jill Sykes
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He felt he was falling out of love with music - a composer saved him

He felt he was falling out of love with music - a composer saved him

Young cellist James Morley found it hard to listen to the classical music he loved during lockdown. But a huge new investment in Australian music has re-inspired him.

  • by Nick Miller
Mixed-modal double bill explores memory and sense of self

Mixed-modal double bill explores memory and sense of self

This small festival of new performance work is rich and bold.

  • by Cassie Tongue
Symphonie Fantastique creates beautiful art from ugly origins

Symphonie Fantastique creates beautiful art from ugly origins

The famous piece and its troubling origins are dissected movement by movement, with composer Hector Berlioz becoming a figure representing toxic entitlement of all gender.

  • by Cassie Tongue
Eddie Perfect serves up hilarious insight into his Broadway nightmare
★★★★
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Eddie Perfect serves up hilarious insight into his Broadway nightmare

Eddie Perfect’s new cabaret show is a brilliant display of his songwriting talents - he’s a lyrical tall poppy nobody would want to cut down.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Clownish farce exposes hilarious horror of a long marriage
★★★
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Clownish farce exposes hilarious horror of a long marriage

The Anniversary is packed with inventive physical comedy, though a dark turn near the end feels a little sudden.

  • by Cameron Woodhead