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01 Ban­garra’s new pro­duc­tion is a dou­ble bill, Sheoak by the Help­mann award-win­ning chore­og­ra­pher Frances Rings and I.B.I.S. by dancers Deb­o­rah Brown and Waan­genga Blanco (pic­tured). A sheoak, also known as the Grand­mother Tree, sym­bol­ises shel­ter, medicine and pro­tec­tion, while I.B.I.S cel­e­brates re­silience and op­ti­mism in the Tor­res Strait Is­lands, home to Brown and Blanco. Artis­tic direc­tor Stephen Page says Rings “is bril­liant at what she does and Sheoak prom­ises to be a pow­er­fully beau­ti­ful piece. Waan­genga and Deb­o­rah are at the start of their chore­o­graphic ca­reers but I can al­ready see that they have a bright fu­ture.” Lore pre­mieres at the Syd­ney Opera House be­fore tour­ing to Can­berra, Wol­lon­gong, Bris­bane and Mel­bourne.

02 TU­RAN­DOT Opera Australia, June 24-Au­gust 28, Syd­ney Opera House

Graeme Mur­phy di­rects Puc­cini’s tale of the ul­ti­mate ice princess with a vendetta against men, set in China and based on a 12th-cen­tury Persian epic. Tu­ran­dot cov­ers all bases from the sub­lime (the pow­er­ful gongs and the ex­per­i­men­tal Eastern tonal­ity, as well as the most over­played aria in all opera) to the ridicu­lous (there are char­ac­ters called Ping, Pang, and Pong). Lise Lind­strom and Yonghoon Lee take the roles of Princess Tu­ran­dot and Prince Calaf.

03 THE DOG/THE CAT June 18-July 12, Belvoir Street Theatre, Syd­ney

Two of Aus­tralian theatre’s bright­est tal­ents, Bren­dan Cow­ell and Lally Katz (pic­tured), come to­gether for a dou­ble bill of one-act ro­man­tic come­dies in the in­ti­mate Down­stairs theatre. In what is billed as “two in­ter­con­nected tales of true love and stu­pid­ity”, Cow­ell ( Ruben Guthrie) and Katz ( Neigh­bour­hood Watch) present their takes on the an­i­mals that are our best friends but each other’s eter­nal foes, and their place in mod­ern love.


June 12-22, Mu­seum of Old and New Art, Ho­bart

An ex­hi­bi­tion by the for­mi­da­ble per­for­mance artist Ma­rina Abramovic at MONA co­in­cides with Dark MOFO, the an­nual win­ter fes­ti­val of art, mu­sic, theatre, rit­ual and feast­ing that cel­e­brates the tene­brous and atavis­tic. Abramovic’s Pri­vate Ar­chae­ol­ogy, trac­ing her long ca­reer push­ing the phys­i­cal and men­tal lim­its, opens on June 13; the next day she will ap­pear in con­ver­sa­tion with MONA founder David Walsh. In his words: “Ma­rina Abramovic seems to op­er­ate for all us. Her sins, her ex­cesses, her min­i­mal­ist, ego­cen­tric ac­tions de­fine the bound­aries of what it is to be hu­man. I would do the stuff she does if I had the balls. And the brains. And the des­per­a­tion to un­der­stand.” Abramovic will then be in Syd­ney from June 24 to July 5 for a res­i­dence with Kal­dor Art projects.


June 5-20, Ade­laide Fes­ti­val Cen­tre

Leg­endary co­me­dian, writer and pro­ducer Barry Humphries takes the reins of the fes­ti­val this year from Kate Ce­ber­ano, pre­sent­ing a lineup that in­cludes the best names in Aus­tralian cabaret: Meow Meow, Ed­die Per­fect, Christa Hughes and Ash Flan­ders, as well as ap­pear­ances by Humphries’ long­time aquain­tances Dame Edna Ever­age and Sir Les Pat­ter­son. Se­quins, skin, song and satire will abound, but not swear­ing, as Humphries con­tro­ver­sially banned the word “f..k” from the fes­ti­val. He told The Ad­ver­tiser last year: “I have found, with­out want­ing to sound prud­ish, that too many young co­me­di­ans — many of great bril­liance — still re­sort to the F-word to get a laugh. So there’s only one rule: I’m ban­ning it. It will be a good dis­ci­pline for them — and it might be a re­lief to mem­bers of the public.” Hot on Ade­laide’s stiletto heels are the Queens­land and Mel­bourne Cabaret Fes­ti­vals (June 10-20 and 18-28).





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