Welcome to issue 3 of the AU review’s ARTS review, our weekly peek into the world of Art and Film.
In this issue The Persian International Film Festival to arrive in Sydney, Gaynor Tension brings her Broadway style to Mardi Gras, Sydney to debate the F-Word with Germain Greer, Australian Dance Theatre premiers Proximity for Adelaide Festival, Perry Keyes makes theatrical debut and Contemporary Dance Initiative open for WA applicants.
SYDNEY: PERSIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL DEBUT
February 2012 will see the The Persian International Film Festival debut in Sydney. The festival’s four day program will showcase several short, and six feature, award winning Afghani and Iranian films from recent years. Opening night will see the premier of the 2011 film I am Nasrine by Iranian director Tina Gharavi. Other feature film screenings span a range of genres and include: Please Don’t Disturb (2010), Heiran (2009), Rainy Seasons (2010), Ashkan, The Charmed Ring and Other Stories (2009) and Opium War (2008) from Afghani director Seddiq Barmak.
Acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s Golden Globe® Award winning film, A Separation, which has also been nominated for both Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay in the 2012 Oscars® and will close the Persian International Film Festival. The film will also be one of five features by Farhadi screened in early March, as part of a collaboration with the University of Sydney and will include audience and panel discussions.
The Persian International Film Festival will run from 23rd to 26th February 2012 at Dendy Cinema, Opera Quays.
MORE INFO: http://www.dendy.com.au
SYDNEY: GAYNOR TENSION REVEALS HER BROAD WAY
Gaynor Tension will present a new cabaret as part of Sydney Mardi Gras 2012. Michael Leslie creates Miss Gaynor Tension who tells the story of life as a would-be Broadway diva, understudy to the greatest songstresses in show business, the likes of Judy Garland and Liza Minelli.
Directed by Benita de Wit with musical direction by Bryce Halliday The show will include renditions of many popular songs from musicals such as Cabaret, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly and Gypsy.
My Broad Way will play at the Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Chippendale on February 15 & 16 2012.
MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/gaynortension
SYDNEY DEBATES THE F-WORD
On Sunday March 4 the Sydney Opera House will play host to some of the worlds most respected international feminist icons, to discuss The F-Word.
Key figure of second wave feminism and author of one of the most influential feminist texts, The Female Eunuch, Germaine Greer will join social critic, author and political activist Naomi Wolf to present their individual views on global feminism, activism, democracy and citizenship in todays society and the future of feminism.
As part of the Ideas at the House program, The F-Word will see them take part in a program of talks, open forum discussion and debates refereed by Insight host Jenny Brockie, with international journalist and poet Eliza Griswold, and journalist and Slut Walk champion Clem Bastow joining the discussion.
The F-Word Global Feminist Debate will be held at the Opera Theater, Sydney on Sunday 4 March 2012
MORE INFO: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/
AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATER TO PREMIER GARY STEWART’S PROXIMITY FOR ADELAIDE FESTIVAL 2012
Adelaide company, Australian Dance Theatre will present the world premiere of the multimedia, dance and video production Proximity as part of the 2012 Adelaide Festival.
Award-winning choreographer Garry Stewart has worked with Paris-based video engineer Thomas Pachoud to create real-time video footage which will be shot by the dancers during the performance, manipulated live and projected on to giant screens around the stage.
Pachoud has collaborated with many notable dance companies to bring new technologies to live performance, and Proximity is the second collaboration between Stewart and himself.
The production will be accompanied by a score which is predominately electronica, created by Sydney based composer Huey Benjamin, who has worked previously with Yothu Yindi, Debra Conway, and Kate Cerebrano.
Proximity will run at Her Majesty’s Theatre from 24 February – 3 March 2012. Opening night will include a post-show question and answer.
MORE INFO: http://www.adelaidefestival.com.au/
SYDNEY: PERRY KEYES MAKES THEATER DEBUT IN BURIED CITY
Sydney singer-songwriter Perry Keyes will make his acting debut in Raimondo Cortese’s latest play Buried City. A collaboration between the Belvoir St Theatre and Urban Theatre Projects (UTP), the play is directed by UTP Artistic Director Alicia Talbot.
Keyes both acts and sings in this drama about cities and the people who inhabit them. Performers Valerie Berry, Perry Keyes, Russell Kiefel, Effie Nkrumah, Hazem Shammas and Meyne Wyatt join Keyes in an ensemble cast of characters who inhabit the grungy urban setting.
Buried City will run at the Upstairs Theatre, Bevoir Street, Surry Hills from the 6 January – 5 February.
MORE INFO: http://www.belvoir.com.au/
APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR DANCE BOARD’S WA CONTEMPORARY DANCE INITIATIVE 2012
The Australia Council for the Arts’ 2012 Contemporary Dance Initiative is currently calling for applications from Western Australian-based dancers and dance companies. This initiative is for the support of new projects as well as the professional development of dance artists.
The Dance Board is offering funding support to the contemporary dance sector in Western Australia in two categories:
• Western Australia Contemporary Dance Initiative – Projects
• Western Australian Contemporary Dance Initiative – Skills and Arts Development
Applications close 23 March 2012.
MORE INFO: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/