Bal­let

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei DS John McCal­lum JM Tim Dou­glas Bronywn Wat­son Christo­pher Allen

(MA15+) This is the first Amer­i­can film by Bri­tish writer-di­rec­tor An­drea Arnold, known for her Lon­don coun­cil es­tate fam­ily drama Fish Tank. It cen­tres on young Amer­i­cans (Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf) who sell mag­a­zine sub­scrip­tions door-to-door. Amer­i­can Honey is in­ter­ested in the dis­gruntle­ment of large sec­tions of the pop­u­la­tion, a so­cioe­co­nomic un­hap­pi­ness that came to the fore in the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

I, Daniel Blake (MA15+) Bri­tish di­rec­tor Ken Loach’s lat­est por­trait of a work­ing­class hero won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year and is one of his finest films. Set in the north­ern city of New­cas­tle, it’s the story of a wid­ower, played beau­ti­fully by Dave Johns, and his strug­gles with the bu­reau­crats of the wel­fare depart­ment. It’s a film that shines a light on the hu­man faces be­hind the un­em­ploy­ment and wel­fare sta­tis­tics, and is a pro­foundly mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Ac­coun­tant Ni­jin­sky Em­ploy­ing nar­ra­tive and ab­stract dance el­e­ments, bor­rowed and new, John Neumeier’s Ni­jin­sky — cre­ated for Ham­burg Bal­let in 2000 and now en­ter­ing Aus­tralian Bal­let’s reper­toire — brings to the fore the sen­si­tive, iso­lated soul be­hind the le­gend. The sub­ject is rev­o­lu­tion­ary Rus­sian bal­let dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Vaslav Ni­jin­sky, who soared to fame with Sergei The tem­per­a­ture out­side is 48C and Mel­bourne has been drowned. In­side a fortress re­treat two mega-rich old ladies keep up the strug­gle. Di­rec­tor Gale Ed­wards turns the ex­cess of it all into some­thing fright­en­ing and dis­turbingly ex­hil­a­rat­ing in this Grif­fin Theatre Com­pany pro­duc­tion. There are great per­for­mances by Mag­gie Dence and Belinda Gi­b­lin as the two grand dames. Byrne) chal­lenges one of them to pitch a se­ri­ous movie in­stead. The trou­ble with this re­vival is that this cen­tral con­flict is now nei­ther new nor par­tic­u­larly con­vinc­ing. There is sav­age com­edy and good per­for­mances but it is hard to un­der­stand why this play needed to be re­vived. Syd­ney Theatre Com­pany, Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay. To­day, 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $84-$116. Book­ings: (02) 9250 1777 or on­line. Du­ra­tion: 1hr 35min, no in­ter­val. Un­til De­cem­ber 17. re­ally know ex­actly what time it is,” he says, smil­ing. “This, for me, is a good thing.” Miya­jima was born in post­war Tokyo in 1957 in Edo­gawa City and grew up in the Ja­panese cap­i­tal, the son of a car­pen­ter. He de­vel­oped a deep sense of his own mor­tal­ity early in life. “There was a time in my youth I was se­ri­ously ill — the most se­ri­ous ail­ment was kid­ney disease,” he says. “I was made to think about life and death, and within that aware­ness I be­came drawn to Bud­dhism and Bud­dhist think­ing about the world.” Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, The Rocks, Syd­ney. Fri-Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am-9pm. Ad­mis­sion: $12-$22. In­quiries: (02) 9245 2400 or on­line. Un­til March next year. drawn to the Av­enue of Hon­our be­cause it is a liv­ing me­mo­rial. He started by pho­tograph­ing the trees, then trawled the Na­tional Archives and the Red Cross files to find in­for­ma­tion about the fate of the in­di­vid­u­als com­mem­o­rated. Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial, Treloar Cres­cent, Camp­bell. Daily, 10am5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. In­quiries: (02) 6243 4211 or on­line. A His­tory of the World in 100 Ob­jects This ex­hi­bi­tion is based on a se­ries of ra­dio broad­casts pro­duced in 2010 by the then head of the Bri­tish Mu­seum, Neil MacGre­gor. The pieces, each orig­i­nally dis­cussed in­di­vid­u­ally and in de­tail, were gath­ered to­gether as an ex­hi­bi­tion that has since toured in­ter­na­tion­ally in mod­i­fied form. The show in­cludes 43 of the orig­i­nal ob­jects. Na­tional Mu­seum of Aus­tralia, Law­son Cres­cent, Ac­ton. MonSat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 9am-7pm. Tick­ets: $8-$20. Book­ings: 1800 026 132. Un­til Jan­uary. Mem­o­ries of the Strug­gle: Aus­tralians Against Apartheid This ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores Aus­tralia’s in­volve­ment and lead­er­ship in the strug­gle to end apartheid in South Africa, fo­cus­ing on the con­text and time­line of the anti-apartheid move­ment. Mu­seum of Aus­tralian Democ­racy, Old Par­lia­ment House, 18 King Ge­orge Ter­race, Parkes, Can­berra. Daily, 9am5pm. Ad­mis­sion: $2. In­quiries: (02) 6270 8222 or on­line.

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