Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 28/02/2021



10) Beguiled: Ray Wilson Artist Talk & Demonstration

6th March

What: Join artist Ray Wilson as he discusses some of the techniques and influences in his painting practice, which draws upon the study of light and modern impressionist application. This artist talk will take place in Boadle Hall at Incinerator Gallery, and will be accompanied by a live painting demo by the artist.

Why: Just like J.M.W. Turner…except it’s some guy named Ray trying to get you to buy a painting of pomegranates.


9) Amos Gebhardt ‘Spooky Action (at a distance)’

5th March

What: Join Artistic Director Brad Spolding, curator of Spooky Action (at a distance), for an exhibition walk-through.

Why: Another mangled Einstein quote for an exhibition’s-worth of heavy-handed metaphor. Hurray.‘Spooky-Action-(at-a-distance)’/8c3cb850-77ce-11eb-8dd8-8f4a8500c961


8) David Rosetzky: Composite Acts

6th March

What: David Rosetzky’s enigmatic project Composite Acts features a series of performances with choreography by Jo Lloyd and performed by Shelley Lasica, Harrison Ritchie-Jones and Arabella Frahn-Starkie, with set-design by Sean Meilak. Composite Acts traverses video, performance, choreography, set-design and photography to explore non-binary identities and the relative and fragmentary nature of the self.

Why: An artist exploring the fragmentary nature of the self? Someone inform the media! This revelation must be acknowledged!


7) MMeets: Quiver

28th February

What: Quiver is an invitation for audiences to share a gentle psycho-physical exploration of space, moving somewhere between panic and comfort with dancers and musicians from Tony Yap Company. These culturally diverse, independent artists collaborate in a space of spontaneous evolution within structure.

Why: “Share a gentle psycho-physical exploration of space, moving somewhere between panic and comfort” with these guys, or save yourself the trip, stay home and have a wank.


6) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

28th February onwards

What: The magic has begun in Melbourne’s East End Theatre District. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a “wildly imaginative continuation of J.K. Rowling’s wizardry saga” (The Hollywood Reporter). Prepare to experience a thrilling new adventure that the Herald Sun Melbourne calls “Spellbinding – Like nothing on earth”.

Why: We haven’t read or seen it yet. Fingers crossed “the cursed child“ isn’t some reference to Rowling’s latest fun opinions concerning the transgender community.


5) Macbeth: Shakespeare Under the Stars

1st-6th March

What: Out, damned spot! Settle in for a night of murder and mayhem at the Gardens, positioned at the very heart of the action. Bear silent witness to the unravelling doom of a couple who kill together and die apart as you watch The Australian Shakespeare Company’s visceral rendition of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s darkest and most streamlined tragedy. Revel in the warm summer weather as the backdrop of Melbourne Gardens inspires an interplay of shadows that conjures the play’s supernatural tones and evoke the earthy environment of this psychological thriller. The continual seduction of the underworld in this play creates the conflict of morality versus maximum power – what’s done cannot be undone.

Why: Dream of a time when getting a promotion was as easy as just murdering someone.


4) VISIT: Ruth Maddison

3rd March

What: Centre for Contemporary Photography presents this significant survey exhibition focusing on Ruth Maddison’s social documentary practice from 1976 to the current day. Bringing together key historical works with a major new commission, this exhibition is a timely and focused look at one of Australia’s leading feminist photographers.

Why: Remember when photographs were corporeal and not just for the purposes of tracking your location and spending habits?


3) Imaginaria

28th February onwards

What: Are you ready to step into the future? Imaginaria at The District Docklands brings you a celebration of imagination, technology and play. Fully interactive bespoke sounds, scents and lights activate in response to your movement as you walk, slide and glide through the dreamlike landscapes. Walk into a giant inflatable bubble, navigate a futuristic light maze or jump into a cosmic abyss. Check your shoes in at the departure lounge and prepare to venture into another dimension.

Why: If you can imagine something more olfactorily powerful than athlete’s foot it will help.


2) Fire in the Head

28th February

What: ‘Fire in the Head’ is a new play by R. Johns exploring the life of the forgotten Kelly, Kate – Ned Kelly’s sister. Directed by Rodney Hall, twice Miles Franklin Award winner, opera and theatre director, the play will have its first public rehearsed readings presented at the garden amphitheatre in Alphington. This project examines violence against women in the volatile and intriguing story of Kate Kelly. The work, set deep in the landscape of Australia, shows Kate investigating her own and her family’s lives, in a haunting and lyrical style.

Why: What feminist works could be on a mass scale if Hollywood didn’t keep digging up classics and cramming Sandra Bullock or Kristen Wig in them.


1) Transitions Film Festival

28th February-13th March

What: In a year of unprecedented disruption and upheaval, there has never been a more vital time to understand our world and imagine a better future.  The Transitions Film Festival returns this February with an enthralling program of world-changing documentaries about the existential challenges, creative innovations and heroic pioneers that can help us envision a new normal. Covering a huge range of mind-expanding themes including the wonder of nature, environmental activism, social and economic justice, ethical business, and creative innovation, this year’s Festival will change the way you look at the world.

Why: Remember when it was just films that changed the way you looked at the world rather than mass death and redundancy? Good times.

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