10 more high­lights of Mel­bourne Fes­ti­val

We’ve nar­rowed down the be­he­moth line-up to a hit list of essen­tials

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1 Please, Con­tinue (Ham­let)

Dutch provo­ca­teurs Roger Bernat and Yan Duyven­dak took in­spi­ra­tion from a real life mur­der case and Shake­speare’s tragedy to cre­ate this unique fu­sion of the­atre and le­gal trial. Three ac­tors (cast lo­cally) will play the char­ac­ters of Ham­let, Ophe­lia and Gertrude, along­side real-life bar­ris­ters, a judge, and court psy­chol­o­gist, in a ‘mock trial’ of Ham­let for the mur­der of Polo­nius. Near the end of the per­for­mance, 12 au­di­ence mem­bers will be se­lected to form a jury. “If only we could start do­ing this around the world, I think jus­tice would be bet­ter,” says artis­tic di­rec­tor Jonathan Hol­loway, who pro­grammed Please, Con­tinue

(Ham­let) for his sec­ond Mel­bourne Fes­ti­val. à Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Mel­bourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www.fes­ti­val.mel­bourne/2017/. $30-$59. Oct 5-9.

2 All the Sex I’ve Ever Had

Cana­dian com­pany Mam­malian Div­ing Re­flex de­scribe their re­mit as “en­ter­tain­ment for the end of the world.” Their last show in Mel­bourne was Hair­cuts by

Chil­dren (fea­tur­ing ten-yearolds giv­ing adults hair­cuts) and their forth­com­ing show in­volves lo­cal over-65s talk­ing about their sex lives. And yes, we will sit for two hours and lis­ten to our more ex­pe­ri­enced el­ders talk about sex. Mam­malian Div­ing Re­flex write in their com­pany state­ment: “We trust we’ll get through this cen­tury in one piece, we just have to get out of the way and let our nat­u­ral ten­den­cies of gen­eros­ity un­lock and re­dis­tribute the world’s abun­dance.” We like the cut of their jib. à Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Mel­bourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www.fes­ti­val.mel­bourne/2017/. $30-$69. Oct 12-15. 3 Un­der Siege This epic chore­o­graphic spec­ta­cle, with set and cos­tume de­sign by Tim Yip (of Crouch­ing Tiger, Hid­den Dragon fame), de­picts the 2nd cen­tury BC war between Chi­nese war­lords Xiang Yu and Liu Bang. Dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Yang Lip­ing cre­ated the work for sta­di­ums – and only later, when she was in­vited to tour it out­side of China, did she shrink it down for a more con­ven­tional the­atre stag­ing. Ms Yang is gen­er­ally con­sid­ered China’s ‘first lady of dance’; she shot to in­ter­na­tional fame in 1986 for her folk-in­spired danc­ing, and is cur­rently a judge on China’s So You Think You Can Dance.

Un­der Siege blends con­tem­po­rary dance with tra­di­tional Chi­nese forms, in­clud­ing Kung Fu and Peking Opera. àarts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Mel­bourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www.fes­ti­val.mel­bourne/2017/. $30-$109. Oct 5-8. 4 All of My Friends Were There In their par­tic­i­pa­tory the­atre show Fu­neral, the Guerilla Mu­seum sim­u­lated a fu­neral tribute for one au­di­ence mem­ber each night. In this new show, premier­ing as part of Mel­bourne Fes­ti­val 2017, they use the same model but shift to into birth­day cel­e­bra­tion mode, tak­ing the au­di­ence through the high­lights of one life through song, drama­ti­sa­tion and per­for­mance. à The­atre Works, 14 Acland St, St Kilda 3182. 03 9534 3388. www.fes­ti­val.mel­bourne/2017/. $49. Oct 5-11. 5 The Sea­son This new play by Tas­ma­nian Nathan May­nard draws on his his­tory to cre­ate an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional por­trait of one fam­ily gath­ered to­gether for the an­nual mut­ton bird har­vest. Trevor Jamieson ( The Se­cret River) will star, along­side an all-in­dige­nous cast, di­rected by Isaac Drandic. The Sea­son pre­miered at Syd­ney Fes­ti­val in Jan­uary 2017, and has since played at Ho­bart’s Ten Days on the Is­land and Ade­laide Fes­ti­val. à Malt­house The­atre, 113 Sturt St, South­bank 3006. 03 9685 5111. www.fes­ti­val.mel­bourne/2017/. $30-$59. Oct 12-15.

Did you know that the front­man of elec­tropop group Hot Chip is also a solo singer-song­writer?

6 House of Mir­rors Mel­bourne artists Chris­tian Wagstaff and Keith Court­ney cre­ated this be­fud­dling labyrinth for Dark Mofo 2016. The in­stal­la­tion is de­signed in such a way that vis­i­tors can of­ten see oth­ers in the maze, but not them­selves. Sev­eral steps in, it be­comes im­pos­si­ble to main­tain a sense of di­rec­tion – and that’s when the con­fu­sion be­gins to set in. Here’s what Time Out Syd­ney had to say when they vis­ited House of Mir­rors at Syd­ney Fes­ti­val 2017: “Nav­i­gat­ing this maze of mir­rors and op­ti­cal il­lu­sions is es­pe­cially fun af­ter dark... and the ex­pe­ri­ence is ever more dis­ori­ent­ing if you’ve had a few cock­tails be­fore­hand. We were told it’s pos­si­ble to com­plete the maze in 60 sec­onds – but where’s the fun in that? Our tips are to spend a bit of time play­ing with the il­lu­sions, then to stum­ble around un­til you creep your­self or your com­pan­ions out, be­fore find­ing your way back out again.” à Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Mel­bourne 3004. 1300 182 183. www.fes­ti­val. mel­bourne/2017/. $10. Oct 5-22. 7 Alexis Tay­lor You know Alexis Tay­lor as the front­man for UK elec­tropop group Hot Chip – but did you know that he is also a solo singer­song­writer? His third solo record Pi­ano, re­leased last year, sets aside pop af­fec­ta­tions com­pletely to fo­cus on just pi­ano and voice. It is a som­bre, del­i­cate col­lec­tion of songs writ­ten in tribute to his friends who have passed away. Tay­lor will per­form in the Mel­bourne Recital Cen­tre’s Sa­lon, play­ing songs from Pi­ano, as well as a few rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of his own writ­ing and songs by other artists. à Mel­bourne Recital Cen­tre, 31 Sturt St, South­bank 3006. 03 9699 3333. www.fes­ti­val.mel­bourne/2017/. $30-$49. Oct 12-14.

8 Like Run­ning Wa­ter

Like Run­ning Wa­ter is a one-nightonly mu­si­cal event mas­ter­minded by Mel­bourne muso Ella Thomp­son, whom you might know as one half of elec­tro-pop duo GL or as the co-front­woman of pop group Dor­sal Fins. She also is a lauded solo artist (it’s vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble not to dance to her track ‘I Go On’). Thomp­son has teamed up with a host of other up-and-com­ing fe­male mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing elec­tro-pop artist Sui Zhen, pi­anist Clio Ren­ner and vis­ual artists Honey Long and Prue Stent, to ex­plore the de­con­struc­tion of pop mu­sic. Self-de­scribed as a “multi-sensory ex­pe­ri­ence”,

Like Run­ning Wa­ter will fea­ture strings and a wood­wind quar­tet. à Mel­bourne Recital Cen­tre, 31 Sturt St, South­bank 3006. 03 9699 3333. www. fes­ti­val.mel­bourne/2017/. $29. Fri Oct 20. 9 Ger­mi­nal This show at­tempts noth­ing less than the evo­lu­tion of the uni­verse, from the first glimpse of light to our con­tem­po­rary world – in just an hour.

Ger­mi­nal is the brain­child of French artists Halory Go­erger and An­toine De­foort, of per­for­mance col­lec­tive L’am­i­cale De Pro­duc­tion. It be­gins with an empty stage, dark­ness and four ac­tors. In the open­ing scenes they dis­cover light, mi­cro­phones and speak­ers, ef­fec­tively cre­at­ing the show as they con­struct their world. As things get more complicated and the char­ac­ters face so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, so­ci­etal ex­pec­ta­tions and their own mor­tal­ity, Ger­mi­nal gets to the core of what it is that makes us hu­man and how com­mu­nity can be main­tained in our mod­ern world. à Malt­house The­atre, 113 Sturt St, South­bank 3006. 03 9685 5111. www.fes­ti­val.mel­bourne/2017/. $30-$69. Oct 19-22. 10 Car­a­van While the Mel­bourne Fes­ti­val is an op­por­tu­nity to see large-scale the­atre, dance, art and mu­sic from all over the world, it’s also a chance to cel­e­brate the lo­cal artists who are telling sto­ries that re­flect who we are and con­tribut­ing to Mel­bourne’s thriv­ing cul­ture. Two such artists are Susie Dee and Nicci Wilks.

Car­a­van is writ­ten by four lauded lo­cal play­wrights and long-time col­lab­o­ra­tors Pa­tri­cia Cor­nelius, Melissa Reeves, An­gus Cerini and Wayne Ma­cauley, and will be per­formed in a car­a­van in the Malt­house The­atre fore­court. Susie Dee has built a rep­u­ta­tion over the last decade for bold and un­com­pro­mis­ing works. In Car­a­van, Dee and Wilks will nav­i­gate a dif­fi­cult mother-daugh­ter re­la­tion­ship, in a show that will take place over the course of one evening. ■ à Malt­house The­atre, 113 Sturt St, South­bank 3006. 03 9685 5111. www.fes­ti­val. mel­bourne/2017/. $30-$59. Oct 5-22.

House of Mir­rors

Car­a­van

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