Bangarra begins a national tour of its new dance-theatre work, Blak, at the Arts Centre, Melbourne. Choreographed by Stephen Page and Daniel Riley McKinley, Blak is based on stories of culture, language and survival in the urban world. John Stanton brings tragic salesman Willy Loman to life in a Black Swan Theatre production of DeathofaSalesman, State Theatre Centre, Perth. Australian jazz guitar virtuoso and composer Albare performs tracks from his internationally successful CD, LongWay, at the Sydney Opera House. Melbourne’s thriving independent theatre makers are celebrated in MTC’s Neon Festival of Independent Theatre, which opens with by Daniel Schlusser Ensemble, based on the work of Tennessee Williams.
Movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor are captured in 116 intimate portraits taken behind the scenes in Magnum On Set — A Magnum Photos Touring Exhibition at the State Library, Sydney. The Australian Ballet brings triple bill Symmetries to Canberra to celebrate the capital’s centenary. The program includes Monument, a new work created by Australian Dance Theatre’s Garry Stewart as an ode to Parliament House. Enjoy Monday,Monday and CaliforniaDreamin’ all over again as Flowerchildren — the story of the Mamas and the Papas — returns to Melbourne. The awardwinning musical stars Casey Donovan as the tragic Mama Cass. See drawings, sculptures, collages (see below) and videos by Kenyan-born, New York-based artist Wangechi Mutu in a survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Vivid LIVE is a 10day celebration of music at the Sydney Opera House that includes multi-media concerts by German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk and the extraordinary indigenous singer Gurrumul. The Bolshoi Ballet opens its first season in Australia for almost two decades with LeCorsaire, a swash-buckling pirate tale, at QPAC, Brisbane. Experience modern masters of jazz at Melbourne International Jazz Festival, which includes 25 free events. Headliners include legendary vocalist Cassandra Wilson, Latin jazz exponent Chucho Valdes, big-band composer Maria Schneider and saxophonist James Carter.