The Arts News Weekly - 4th May 2013

Australian Government supports pavilion upgrade at Venice Biennale

Principle arts funding body for the Australian Government, the Australia Council, will be supporting the redevelopment of Australia's pavilion at the Venice Biennale. As one of the only visual arts events where artists represent their country, the Venice Biennale plays a key role in recognising Australian contemporary visual artists on an international scale.

Federal Arts Minister Tony Burke said the upgrade will make the pavilion the first 21st century building in the Biennale Gardens. “Australian artists have participated in this prestigious event for almost 60 years and the Government’s $1 million is an investment in the future," Mr Burke said.

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Modular to open Dark Mofo at the Mona

Dark Mofo, the Tasmanian Winter festival is this year being held June 13 - 23 at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The opening night will see them join forces with Modular for an exclusive evening of sound and light.

Experience 100 Million Nights – the mysterious new project from Canyons and Sydney artist Daniel Boud which recently debuted at GOMA in Queensland, live performances from Movement and Naysayer & Gilsun, plus Melbourne stars Otologic on the decks. The Presets will also be performing on June 15, off the back of an 18 date North American tour.

Tickets are on sale now!

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Blak by Bangarra Dance Theatre in support of Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander Youth

Bangarra Dance Theatre's Blak premieres in Melbourne this month. In support of National Reconciliation Week, they'll be hosting a series of events designed to inspire and engage Victoria's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Blak, a physically dynamic work by Artistic Director Stephen Page and choreographer/dancer Daniel Riley McKinley tells the story of a contemporary clan and the collision of two worlds.

A Community Night performance of Blak will be held on Thursday May 2 at 8pm with accessible tickets made available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences. Subsidised by Bangarra Dance Theatre, low cost tickets for this performance are made available to local Indigenous communities. For more information, people can contact or (02) 9251 5333.

There will also be a Koorie Kids Day Wednesday May 8 and a Dance Workshop Thursday May 9.

The world premiere of Blak will be held at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from May 3 to May 11 and will tour Wollongong, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane.

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Tangle hits South Korea

Children's theatre company Polyglot Theatre continues their international tour with their latest work, Tangle, premiering in South Korea. With two performances, the first will be as part of National Children's day in Korea at the Daejeon Culture and Arts Centre from May 3-5 in an initiative to broaden its focus for children and families.

Following from there, May 11 and May 12 will see their Seoul debut at Garden 5 Shopping Centre. The large-scale public interactive work is a huge multi-colored artwork created by children and their families who use their bodies to weave 132 kilometres of elastic through giant poles.

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Emerge Festival in Melbourne

Celebrate diversity with Emerge Festival in Melbourne from 18 May - 31 July. Go celebrate the cultural contributions of mainly refugee communities in Australia as part of Refugee Week in Victoria and the UN World Refugee Day.

Some highlights include:

    Emerge in the West - May 18 - a massive one-day cultural street
    party in Footscray with food, music and walking bus tours through the
    local area.
    Emerge Fitzroy - June 16 - celebrating its 10th birthday, Emerge
    Fitzroy is a massive day of music, culture and food. With three stages,
    there are plenty of acts to see!
    ReMastered Myths - June 2 - a music collaboration between
    Melbourne funksters The Putbacks and South Sudanese soul singer Madup

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Go see for yourself Amaze Gallery

Perhaps suggested by the name, brand new Amaze Gallery at the State Library of NSW has an amaze-ing array of Australiana for you to see. It's currently showcasing 60 fascinating objects from the Library of Sir William Dixson, a collector of Australiana who gave his 40 000 odd collection to the State Library in 1952. Look out for things like an original Ned Kelly wanted poster, a map of New Zealand hand-drawn by James Cook or the sketchbooks of artist Arthur Streeton.

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See Translucence at the Head On Photo Festival

Head On, Australia's largest photo festival, will be home to award-winning photographer Jacqui Dean's exhibition Translucence, featuring 20 black and white evocative prints revealing the exquisite and intricate beauty of Australia's native and introduced flora. Dean combined x-ray and digital imaging to reveal these flowers like we've never seen before.

Her works will be showing Tuesday 28 May - Saturday 8 June 2013 at the Depot Gallery, 2 Danks St, Waterloo NSW 2017.

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Heavenly Antennas score Vivid Sydney 2013

Sydney-based duo Heavenly Antennas, known for their eccentric take on music and media, have been invited to create the musical score accompanying the projections on the sails of the Sydney Opera House for this year's Vivid Sydney. From 24 May - 10 June, Vivid punters will get to hear the musical delights of Heavenly Antennas and also see the projections from cross-media visual innovators Spinifex all around Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay.

To celebrate their involvement, the duo have also released "Misery", an original single featuring Berlin-based Larissa Rate.

The track is available for free download at

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Two comedians, two distinct acts, one show!

Head to the Factory Theatre to see comedians Seaton Kay Smith in "Where? Why? Where?" and Jazz Tremlow in "Earth: May Contain Traces of Human" for the Sydney Comedy Festival. Prepare yourself for an evening of intelligent humour as they explore the funny side of science, the arts and life.

They'll be performing Thursday 9th May and Saturday 11th May at the Factory Theatre.

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Lineage at Riverside Theatre

From 23-25 May Form Dance Projects presents Lineage, a triple bill of short dance works featuring artists who have been trained in traditional dance forms and who are exploring more contemporary forms in their practice.

With Aruna Gandhimathinathan, Shruti Ghosh, Tammi Gissell, Thomas E.S. Kelly, Prabhu Osoniqs and Carl Tolentino, Lineage will be showing at Parramatta Riverside Theatre.

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Amity Dry's musical comedy heading to Broadway

"Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life", the musical comedy by Amity Dry, has been selected as one of 30 worldwide shows to be performed as part of the New York Music Theatre Festival in July. Currently touring Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, the New York show will be performed by Broadway artists.

Get your tickets to see the show before it heads to New York.

Melbourne – May 1-5 - Chapel Off Chapel, Prahran / 03 8290 7000

Melbourne – May 10-11 - Karralyka Centre, Ringwood East / 03 9870 2888

Sydney – May 23 – June 1 - Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, Chippendale / 02 9351 7940

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New programs announced for Vivid Ideas

Vivid Ideas, part of Vivid Sydney, running from 24 May to 10 June 2013 has announced exciting new additions to their program. The "Ten Commandments of Creative Practice", the secrets behind THE MAKING OF major productions, and themed Evenings in the Lounge. Tickets are available now!

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Jesus Christ Superstar more shows!

Due to overwhelming demand, a third performance has been confirmed for the Perth and Brisbane legs of the critically acclaimed Jesus Christ Superstar Australian tour. With Australia's own Tim Minchin<?/b> as Judas Iscariot, former Spice Girl Melanie C as Mary Magdalene and rave review newcomer Ben Forster

The tickets go on sale Tuesday 7 May.

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Revolver Upstairs reveals May poster wall

The May poster wall for Melbourne nightspot Revolver Upstairs will be from Melbourne-based street artist Phoenix. Known for his Double Spiral signature symbol and collage wall applications via photocopies, cardboard, plywood and glue, Phoenix has increasingly gained exposure within Australia and around the world.

Launch night is Saturday 4 May 6pm. Check it out if you're in town.

Mick Molloy, Dave O'Neil and Brad Oakes at Flying Saucer Club

Going through a post-Melbourne Comedy Festival slump? Consider heading to the Flying Saucer Club for a triple bill night with Mick Molloy, Dave O'Neil and Brad Oakes. Saturday 4 May will be a raucous night of laughs with three of Australia's big comedy names, all in one night.

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Funny Tonner Nick Taras sets new record

The winner of the Funny Tonne was announced during the 16th Annual Comedy Festival Awards on Saturday 20 April. Congrats to 22 year old Nick Taras, who broke the 2011 record of 145 shows, clocking up 147 Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows this year. The Funny Tonne is an annual competition held during Melbourne International Comedy Festival to see just how many shows one 'comedy nut' can see throughout the festival. Cathy Culliver came second place on 131 shows and Jonathan Graham came in third place on 125 shows.

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Road Train at STC

In collaboration with the NRMA, Sydney Theatre Company is delivering a unique play dealing with the issue of road safety to young people in NSW and the ACT. From 17 May - 6 June 2013, "Road Train" will visit regional schools playing to Year 9 and 10 students, as well as being presented at free evening performances open to the local community. The opening performance is at STC’s Wharf 2 on Monday 20 May at 1pm.

Tickets for evening Community performances are free and available via or the NRMA booking line on (02) 8741 6639.

Adult performer Miss Phoenix Knight to be showcased at Head On

The highly anticipated Shards of Glitter exhibition features Australia's most influential adult performer, Miss Phoenix Knight for the Head On Photo Festival running Thursday 23 May till Sunday 26 May. Miss Phoenix will be performing live for one night only, Thursday 23 May from 6pm. The exhibition takes the idea of sex and the mainstream and turns them inside out, with a pop surrealist style. Visual influences include Toshio Saeki, David LaChapelle and Stanley Kubrick which all shine through as a combination of Fantasy and Reality. Shards of Glitter will comprise of a mixture of printed works and video elements set to the backdrop of a glitch yet delicately carnal soundscape. It promises to transport you into a dark world of glitter and surrealism.

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Crowd funding for Australian artists by Underbelly Arts

Underbelly Arts earlier this week launched a unique crowd funding campaign in support of eight artist projects aiming to raise an additional $2500 each towards the development of the new works. In association with the Keir Foundation, Underbelly Arts will match dollar-for-dollar every contribution from crowdsourced funds. If successful, this will result in a total of $16 250 donated to the artists involved.

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Crossing by Wendy Blaxland touring Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Lithgow

To commemorate the Bicentenary of the Blue Mountains Crossings, award-winning writer Wendy Blaxland has written Crossing, a play set in the 1820s which takes you on a journey travelled by generations of Aboriginals, explorers, road-builder Cox, pioneering free settlers such as the Hawkins family and their eight children, through the harsh and wonderful scenery of the Blue Mountains over fertile plains to Bathurst.

For bookings and more information head to or phone 1300 306 776.

UK PM and Pig?

The very controversial Studio relaunch for Foxtel has alighted a bit of a furor in the media. Featuring the UK Prime Minister with a pig and WTF! next to it, the billboard was installed in Kings Cross on Wednesday to coincide with Studio's relaunch, only to be vetoed by Foxtel hours later. The campaign was to bring publicity to Foxtel's Studio 132 channel, featuring an edgy new programming strategy, standout viewing destinations and a bold new attitude.

While the campaign might not have sat well with the more conservative, it certainly got the water-cooler talk going. The new look Studio was launched 1 May across Australia on Channel 132. Studio is available only on Foxtel.