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Theatre: Athol Fu­gard wrote Sizwe Banzi is Dead dur­ing the dark­est apartheid years, but he knows that po­lit­i­cal writ­ing must also reach into the heart and mess of hu­man lives, writes Alison Crog­gon. Peter Brook’s pro­duc­tion is im­pec­ca­bly re­alised on a bare stage, with Pitcho Womba Konga and Habib Dem­bele. Space Theatre, Ade­laide Fes­ti­val Cen­tre, ends to­day. Book­ings: 131 246.


Mu­sic: The Aus­tralian Cham­ber Orches­tra again brings con­tem­po­rary com­po­si­tion to cen­tre stage, with an un­set­tling new work by Es­to­nian Erkki- Sven Tuur and James Ledger’s Folk­song , writes Vin­cent Plush. Mistress of the recorder Genevieve Lacey, ra­di­at­ing warmth and mod­esty, per­forms both new works, plus a Tele­mann con­certo. City Recital Hall, Syd­ney, tonight; and Con­cert Hall, Queens­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, Mon­day.


Vis­ual art: Loaded high with sym­bol­ism, the Na­tional In­dige­nous Art Tri­en­nial, Cul­ture War­riors, is a var­ied and at times pow­er­ful show, writes Se­bas­tian Smee. On dis­play are bark paint­ings by John Mawurnd­jul that hum with mag­netism, and brazenly provoca­tive paint­ings by Gor­don Hookey that de­pict some of the harsher re­al­i­ties fac­ing Abo­rig­i­nal so­ci­ety. Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, un­til Fe­bru­ary 10.


Theatre: The ec­cen­tric­i­ties and dis­turb­ing ideas of 19th- cen­tury sci­en­tist Francis Gal­ton, the fa­ther of eu­gen­ics, are ex­plored in Brian Lip­son’s A Large At­ten­dance in the An­techam­ber . Lip­son plays Gal­ton and him­self in a vir­tu­oso per­for­mance, writes John McCal­lum. His elab­o­rate busi­ness with quaint sci­en­tific equip­ment, as he demon­strates Gal­ton’s silly and sin­is­ter sides, is su­perb. Malt­house Theatre from Wed­nes­day. Book­ings: ( 03) 9685 5111.


Dance: Grand is Graeme Mur­phy’s trib­ute to the pi­ano and its mu­sic, and a strik­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with de­sign­ers Ger­ard Man­ion ( set), Damien Cooper ( light­ing) Akira Iso­gawa ( cos­tumes) and pi­anist Scott Davie. There are rav­ish­ing and se­ri­ous mo­ments, and mawk­ish ones, writes Deb­o­rah Jones. Mur­phy’s work is most po­tent when he re- cre­ates in bod­ies what the mu­sic is do­ing. His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, Wed­nes­day to Novem­ber 24. Book­ings: ( 08) 9484 1133.


Mu­si­cal: An Amer­i­can GI and a young Viet­namese wo­man fall in love just be­fore the evac­u­a­tion of Saigon, with heart­break for all con­cerned. Claude- Michel Schon­berg and Alain Bou­blil’s Miss Saigon has been rethought in this new pro­duc­tion, bring­ing the star- crossed lovers into greater fo­cus. Lyric Theatre, Syd­ney. Book­ings: 1300 796 330.

On key: Syd­ney Dance Com­pany’s Grand

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