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A box of snails with a sign that says 'hermaphrodites'.

A chance to wander and wonder

Review: The Tissue Culture and Art Project review, "Biomess" · Art Gallery of Western Australia · Review by Miranda Johnson · Currently on show at ...
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Perfectly pitched

Perfectly pitched

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: The Night Zoo · Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 22 September · Review by Rosalind Appleby · High in an apartment block a lonely girl ...
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A man reclining and blowing confetti

As good as it gets

Review: John O’Hara accompanied by Andrew Kroenert, #Val: A Glitery Ode to Queer Men and their Mums · Downstairs at the Maj, 13 September · ...
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An elephant puppet and a girl puppet being operated by a person.

A magical menagerie

Junior review: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, The Night Zoo · Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 19 September · Review by Isabel Greentree, age 8 · The ...
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Painting by Jo Darbyshire in deep purples, reds and blues

A moving reflection

Review: Various artists, “NO SECOND THOUGHTS: Reflections on the ARTEMIS Women’s Art Forum” · Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery · Review by Miranda Johnson · “NO ...
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A painting by Julie Dowling of two women wearing yellow aprons over red t-shirts. Both wear glasses.

Disrupting Duchamp

Review: Various artists, “HERE&NOW18” · Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery · Review by Miranda Johnson · “HERE&NOW: Besides, it is always the others who die” responds ...
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tennis court with three "players"

Game, set and match

Review: Fugue, Court My Crotch · Blue Room Theatre · Review by David Zampatti · The young – and I suspect fast rising - writer ...
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From the intimate to the comic

From the intimate to the comic

MoveMe Festival review: The Farm, Cockfight; Kynan Hughes, Love/Less & STRUT Dance, "Next" · State Theatre Centre of WA · Review by Varnya Bromilow · The ...
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A tender dance

A tender dance

Review: Anything is Valid Dance Theatre, Dust on the Shortbread · MoveMe Festival, 14 September · Review by Jo Pollitt · Created by Serena Chalker ...
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A man and a woman with a microphone

A dynamic showcase

Review: Co3 Australia, 'The WA Dance Makers Project' · State Theatre Centre of WA, 13 September · Review by Jo Pickup · Co3 Australia’s “WA ...
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Man splashing in pool

Semi-submersible opera a success

Review: Lost and Found Opera, Charpentier’s Actéon · UWA Aquatic Centre, 12 September · Review by Rosalind Appleby · “Strip off,” cries Diana, “Strip off, ...
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musicians

Seductive music & the difficult listening hour

Review: Ensemble Offspring, "Spel" · Subiaco Arts Centre, 11 September · Review by Jonathan W. Marshall · "Spel" was the latest offering from Ensemble Offspring, ...
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White clapboard ncafe by the sea

Ambitious exhibition merits multiple visits

Review: WA International Art Space, "spaced 3: north by southeast"· Art Gallery of Western Australia · Review by Phoebe Mulcahy · As the flagship program ...
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landscape of eagle and building

A haunting take on WA’s past

Review: Various artists, “Dark Swan - Contemporary Tales of the Gothic Antipodes” · PS Art Space Fremantle, 7 September · Review by Belinda Hermawan · ...
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Frieda Lee in The Inconsequential Lives of Little Fish

A delicious blend of style and substance

Review: Frieda, Sam and Friends, The Inconsequential Lives of Little Fish · The Blue Room Theatre 11 September · Review by Xan Ashbury · A ...
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a girl dancing, a guy doing sound

Journey to a dance work

Ever wondered how a dance work gets put together? Dance artist Talitha Maslin and composer/collaborator Dane Yates will be giving you the chance to have ...
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Dracula

Dark and dangerous

Review: West Australian Ballet, Dracula (co-production with Queensland Ballet) · His Majesty’s Theatre, 6 September · Review by Amy Wiseman · West Australian Ballet’s Dracula is a visually ...
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Group hug

Only connect

Does technology connect us? Or does it push us further apart? That’s a question that Mandurah's youth performing arts company Riptide will be asking in ...
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First in, best dressed

First in, best dressed

Review: WAAPA 3rd Year Performance Making Students, “TILT” (Programme One) · The Blue Room Theatre · Review by David Zampatti · The forays by the ...
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A man and a woman sitting in front of a painting

Connecting generations

Review: Martumili Artists & Spinifex Hill Artists, "Pujiman" · The Goods Shed · Review by Jenny Scott · "Pujiman" is a travelling exhibition presented by ...
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Stepping outside the box

Stepping outside the box

Review: West Australian Symphony Orchestra, 'Cédric Tiberghien Plays Rachmaninov 3' · Perth Concert Hall, 25 August · Review by Tiffany Ha · Sergei Rachmaninov's third ...
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Woman in a yellow dress, in a plank position

The MoveMe Files: Yilin Kong

Yilin Kong first performed her self-devised solo Blushed at Strut Dance’s 2017 “Short Cuts” season, where it was described by Seesaw’s Nina Levy as “sculptural”, ...
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Astute, insightful and absolutely relevant

Astute, insightful and absolutely relevant

Review: WAAPA Third Year Acting, Stuff Happens · Roundhouse Theatre, WAAPA · Review by David Zampatti · There are people eligible to vote in Australian ...
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19th century park scene

A case for Sondheim

Review: WAAPA Third Year Music Theatre, Sunday in the Park with George · Geoff Gibbs Theatre, 28 August · Review by Claire Trolio · In ...
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Artwork courtesy of Natsumi de Dianous. Work details: Slime fantasy grrl, 2018, Clay, acrylic, clear slime and temporary tattoo.

Recasting the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

We all know the Manic Pixie Dream Girl of the contemporary romantic film. She’s that off-beat, mysterious one, that free thinker who enables the male ...
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dancers sitting at a table

Inside the WA Dance Makers Project

This September, Co3 Australia will launch the 2018 MoveMe Festival with a double dance bill celebrating four dynamic West Australian women, led by the legendary ...
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Two elderly people dancing

Close to home

What is it like to slowly but surely lose your memories? For most of us, it's an unimaginable concept but a new dance theatre work, ...
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Girl with pink wig and megaphone

The MoveMe Files: Sally Richardson

Director Sally Richardson has taken Julia Gillard's landmark 2012 speech about misogyny and, together with dancer Natalie Allen, created a dance solo. First performed at ...
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many photographs of faces

Channels of communication

Review: Khaled Sabsabi, "A Self Portrait" and Amalia Pica, "please open hurry" · Perth Institute of Contemporary Art · Review by Belinda Hermawan · Showing ...
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The MoveMe Files: Kynan Hughes

The MoveMe Files: Kynan Hughes

Ahead of the 2018 MoveMe Festival, Perth’s biennial showcase of contemporary dance, Nina Levy is talking to the program’s choreographers to find out more about ...
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Title: Disembodied Cuisine Installation Artists: The Tissue Culture & Art (Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr & Guy Ben-Ary) Medium: mix Date: 2003 Photography: Axel Heise

A peek inside the lab

A monstrous arts event is about to take place in Perth. Named "Unhallowed Arts", it's timed to celebrate the bicentenary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and ...
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A little bit goes a long way

A little bit goes a long way

Review: Black Swan State Theatre Company and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Skylab · Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, 18 August · Review by David ...
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Penny Coss, Purple Stain, 2018, acrylic on unstretched canvas, 160 x 180cm. Courtesy Art Collective WA

A reward for attention to detail

Review: Penny Coss, “From Someplace Else” & Susan Flavell, “Golden Flowers”· Art Collective WA, Cathedral Square· Review by Miranda Johnson· Penny Coss’s "From Someplace Else" ...
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Tristan und Isolde

Wagnerian opera as recital: an unusual and exciting variant

Review: West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner · Perth Concert Hall, 16 August · Review by Jonathan W. Marshall · Wagner ...
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Unveiling: gay sex for endtimes

An intriguing experiment

Review: Renegade Productions, Unveiling: Gay Sex For Endtimes · The Blue Room Theatre, Perth, 14 August · Review by Jonathan W. Marshall · Renegade Productions' ...
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Sidney Nolan 
Stringybark Creek 1947
from the Ned Kelly series 1946 – 1947 enamel paint on composition board 90.70 x 121.50 cm
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
National Gallery of Australia 


Tension, humour and high drama

Review: 'Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series' · Art Gallery of Western Australia · Review by Miranda Johnson · "Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series", currently at ...
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The Plague

Beyond the veil

Review: Aasiya Evans’s 'Orientalism & Imperialism: Veiled, Unveiled and Reviled' · Spectrum Project Space · Review by Belinda Hermawan · Aasiya Evans’s solo exhibition at ...
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Threshold

A timely tale of political intrigue

Review: The Boston Curse, Threshold · The Blue Room Theatre, 9 August · Review by Steven Cohen · Director Bridget Le May and writer James ...
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Julius Caeser

From dystopia to reality

Review: Bell Shakespeare, Julius Caesar · State Theatre Centre, August 8 · Review by Xan Ashbury · Shakespeare’s political thriller, Julius Caesar, has been asking questions about ...
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Sidney Nolan The trial 1947 from the Ned Kelly series 1946 – 1947 enamel paint on composition board 90.70 x 121.20 cm Gift of Sunday Reed 1977 National Gallery of Australia

Sublime Sid and Ned: the painter and the painted

Ned Kelly was not just Sidney Nolan's subject, but his alter ego, writes David Rainey.  To coincide with the opening of "Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly Series" at the ...
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Curious Incident - Joshua Jenkins (Christopher Boone), Amanda Posener, Matt Wilman and Oliver Boot. Photo by BrinkhoffMögenburg

Seeing through a different lens

Review: The National Theatre of Great Britain: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time · His Majesty’s Theatre, 8 August · Review by Varnya ...
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A woman, a man and a bird surrounded by flowers.

First peek at 2019 Perth Festival

Perth Festival has given us a tantalising glimpse of its 2019 programme, revealing four of the works on the line-up. Returning to open the Festival ...
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Shattering a myth

Shattering a myth

Review: Bangarra Dance Theatre, Dark Emu · Heath Ledger Theatre, 2 August · Review by Nina Levy · When it comes to contemporary dance, I ...
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A deeply engaging survey

A deeply engaging survey

Review: Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie (Gara-Gara), Tjapartji Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies and Pantjiti Mary McLean, “Bush Women: 25 Years On” · Fremantle ...
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Iain Grandage

In the spotlight: Iain Grandage

The appointment of Iain Grandage as artistic director of Perth Festival for 2020-2023 received a highly enthusiastic communal thumbs-up when it was announced earlier this ...
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A force to be reckoned with

A force to be reckoned with

Review: Momentum Dance, Unbreakable · Redmond Theatre, Prendiville Catholic College · Review by Nina Levy · Dance is a young person’s game… or is it? ...
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A manager and a maker

A manager and a maker

Denmark-based choreographer and creative producer Annette Carmichael has been short-listed, together with collaborator James Gentle, for a prestigious Australian Dance Award. Over a cup of ...
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Howl by Aphids. Man on a segue.

A camp, joyful parade of art history

Review: Aphids, Howl · Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, 27 July · Review by Jonathan W. Marshall · Howl, by Australian contemporary art company ...
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Cool Change Contemporary team

A break in the weather

There’s a new ARI* on the block in the Perth CBD. Situated in the Bon Marche Arcade building on Barrack Street, the whimsically named Cool ...
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Work by Harrison See

In the face of waste

Review: Brenton Rossow, Darren Tynan, Harrison See, Zhang Lianxi  and Rebecca Jensen, “Paradise’s Parasite III” · Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mt Lawley, 13 July · Review by ...
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cloud nine

A perfect match

Review: West Australian Youth Theatre Company, Cloud Nine · Studio Underground, July 20 · Review by Xan Ashbury · This production represents one of those glorious ...
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Milijana Nikolic as Carmen

Hume’s Carmen stands the test of time

Review: West Australian Opera, Carmen · His Majesty’s Theatre, 21 July · Review by Nina Levy · Back in 1992, when Lindy Hume’s Carmen made ...
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Kadmos & Agaue

Artisanal and delicious

Review: Vahri McKenzie, Bakkhai · Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, June 16 · Review by Xan Ashbury · Tragedies are not meant to make the audience ...
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JR Brennan

The crossover between art and crime

From artist to parole officer to criminal justice activist, JR Brennan is an independent performance and music maker who's not afraid to take risks. This ...
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Alex Spremberg, Liquid Structures #20, enamel on canvas, 150 x 180 x 3cm. Courtesy Art Collective WA

What lies beneath

Review: Alex Spremberg, “Liquid Geometrics” and Andre Lipscombe, “Unconcealed Paintings” · Art Collective WA, Cathedral Square, Perth · Review by Belinda Hermawan · Fittingly displayed ...
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Pablo Ferrández

Exciting musical chemistry

Review: WASO Classics Series, Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony & Pablo Ferrández plays Dvořák's Cello Concerto · Perth Concert Hall, 14 July · Review by Tiffany Ha ...
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polar permaculture dome in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

Under the dome

Review: Amy Perejuan-Capone, “This Is How We Walk on the Moon” · Artsource Old Customs House · Review by Belinda Hermawan · In a dark ...
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Daryl Brandwood rehearsing Momentum dancers

Dancing to new places

Acclaimed Australian dancer Daryl Brandwood doesn't consider himself a choreographer and yet he is about to finish making his second work for Momentum Dance, Perth's ground-breaking ...
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Sassafras

Celebrating in style

Review: WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival · Various venues, 5-7 July · Review by Rosalind Appleby · The WA Youth ...
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Work by Jade Richards

An ongoing conversation

Review: "Djookian (Sisters)" · Gallery Central, North Metropolitan TAFE · Review by Miranda Johnson · Curated by Thelma John, “Djookian (Sisters)" is an exhibition celebrating ...
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Sump System II Frontier

Dystopian by design

Review: Richard Giblett, "Frontier" · Turner Galleries · Review by Miranda Johnson · Richard Giblett’s exhibition "Frontier", at Turner Galleries, showcases the artist’s ongoing investigations ...
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Two women having an argument

New playwright makes her mark

Review: Mudskipper Productions, Banned · The Blue Room Theatre, 5 July · Review: Claire Trolio · Sport, and particularly AFL, is a massive part of ...
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woman lunging amongst trees

Stories of land and love

Junior review: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, The Farmer’s Daughter · Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 4 July · Review by Isabel Greentree, age 8 · The show ...
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Farmer with dancer

Louder than words

Review: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, The Farmer’s Daughter · Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 4 July · Review by Nina Levy · Being a writer, I ...
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An absolute cracker

An absolute cracker

Review: shake & stir theatre co, George's Marvellous Medicine · State Theatre Centre of WA, 4 July · Review by Varnya Bromilow · Making children's theatre ...
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Chris Isaacs in foreground, Areille Gray in background

Fresh, stylish and subversive

Review: The Last Great Hunt, Improvement Club · State Theatre Centre of WA, 28 June · Review by Xan Ashbury · Subversive and witty, playful and ...
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Gutenberg! the Musical

A sheer delight

Review: Western Sky Theatre, Gutenberg! the Musical · Subiaco Theatre Centre, 27 June · Review by Xan Ashbury · As a certified word nerd, I ...
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Moody magic

Moody magic

Review: Sydney Dance Company, ab [intra] · His Majesty’s Theatre, 28 June · Review by Nina Levy · In 1998 I saw Sydney Dance Company ...
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Catherine-McClements-and-Johnny-Carr.-image-credit-Daniel-J-Grant

A tricky path to compassion

Review: Black Swan State Theatre Company, The Events · Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, 22 June · Reviewed by Tiffany Ha · Claire ...
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JJ Fowler

A collector of ideas

Writer, director and actor Jeffrey Jay Fowler is one of six artists who make up The Last Great Hunt, a small but acclaimed Perth-based theatre ...
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A still from Charmaine Green's 'Dream Mine Time'.

Stories ancient and recent

Review: Various artists, "Dream Mine Time" · FORM Gallery · Review by Miranda Johnson · The title piece of "Dream Mine Time", an exhibition at ...
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Hiro. Photo by; Stephen Heath Photography
www.stephenheathphotography.com

Tapping into our deepest fears

Review: Samantha Chester, HIRO: The Man Who Sailed His House · The Blue Room Theatre, 23 June · Review by Steven Cohen · “Strange things ...
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Intercurrent "Sensory Horizons"

Pleasing minimalism

Review: Intercurrent, "Sensory Horizons", programmed by Tura New Music · Subiaco Arts Centre, 19 June · Review by Tiffany Ha · Intercurrent is an exciting ...
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Black Swan State Theatre's production of Assassins (Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim), Directed by Roger Hodgman; Heath Ledger Theatre, 15th June 2018, photographed by Philip Gostelow.

A kind of magic

Review: Black Swan Theatre Company, Assassins · State Theatre Centre of WA , June 20 · Review by Xan Ashbury · Created by Stephen Sondheim ...
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three dancers

A mixed bag of Short Cuts

Review: STRUT dance "Short Cuts, Program A" · King Street Arts Centre, June 14 · Review by Varnya Bromilow · If you’re not familiar with contemporary ...
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Bus Boy

Nuanced and intense: a wonderful back-to-back billing

Review: Rorschach Beast, Bus Boy and Static Drive Co, Tissue · Subiaco Arts Centre, 20 June · Review by Steven Cohen · The frailty of ...
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Poetry in survival

Poetry in survival

Imagine surviving a tsunami. HIRO tells the true story of a man who did just that, swept out to sea, clinging to the roof of ...
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Semiconductor_Black Rain_Photo by Rebecca Mansell (1)

A striking solar exploration

Review: Semiconductor, Brilliant Noise/Black Rain · Fremantle Arts Centre · Review by Phoebe Mulcahy · Despite it being one hundred-and-fifty million kilometres from the Earth ...
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When he gets that way

A restrained battle of wit

Review: Susie Conte, When He Gets That Way · Subiaco Arts Cenre, 15 June · Review by Claire Trolio · Directed by Susie Conte, When ...
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Carousel

The roundabout course of love

Review: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Carousel · Regal Theatre, 16 June · Review by Leon Levy · In 1909 Hungarian writer Ferenc Molnár's ...
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Andrew Baker and Tyler Jacob Jones

West side stories

Although the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts is home to one of Australia’s most prestigious musical theatre courses, the job opportunities for its graduates ...
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Georgina Cramond

Through the lens of anxiety

Review: Ribs, Interrupting a Crisis · Subiaco Arts Centre, 13 June · Review by Jenny Scott · Written and performed by Georgina Cramond, who sings ...
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Extreme makeover for opera

Extreme makeover for opera

Review: Freeze Frame Opera, Pagliacci · Camelot Theatre, Mosman Park, 9 June · Reviewed by Tiffany Ha · There's been a steadily growing buzz around ...
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'Burrbgaja Yalirra - Three Short Works' - Marrugeku Production 2018 - PICA - 6th June 2018 / Photography © Jon Green 2018 - All Rights Reserved

Not damnation but hope

Review: Marrugeku, “Burrbgaja Yalirra" (Dancing Forwards) · PICA Performance Space, 9 June · Review by Nina Levy · How can we look to the past ...
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Matt Penny in Find the Lady

So much more than magic

Review: Matt Penny, Find the Lady · Subiaco Arts Centre, 6 June · Review by Jenny Scott · Find the Lady is a one-man show ...
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Elizabeth Tan

Unpacking our libraries: Elizabeth Tan’s network of little lost things

Behind every artist is a rich collection, a "library", compiled of works by other creators. In Seesaw's "Unpacking our libraries" series, Claire Coleman talks to ...
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Samantha Nerida and Timothy Green

Dirty little secrets

Porn is our collective dirty little secret… or is it? In the play Tissue, local theatre company Static Drive Co is asking, “If we strip ...
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Breath

Behind the magic

The film Breath, based on the Tim Winton novel of the same name, opened in cinemas around the country last month. Set in a fictional town in ...
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3.3 is about an emerging young Indigenous dancer, on the brink of an international career, thrown into a holding cell because of his skin colour and torn between two cultures. Ian Wilkes dances the young man. His mentor and choreographer Indigenous dance legend Michael Leslie Challenges him in this new adaptation of a new work by Michael. Ultimately, he just wants to dance. The young man is caught in the middle. The terrible legacy of this dilemma is that the young black fella believes gaol is also a rite of passage for young men in his community. Aboriginal people represent 3.3% of the total population, yet more than 28% of Australiaís prison population. Don't miss this dynamic and powerful dance conversation between this dance mentor and the next generation dance legend As a commitment by Ochre to the support of West Australian dancers and choreographers, we will be presenting ëBeyondí the work of internationally acclaimed choreographer Chrissie Parrot and dancer Floeur Alder. Chrissie has been commissioned by original Ochre member Floeur Alder to make a solo to commemorate the dancerís 40th birthday and a professional relationship spanning almost 30 of those years. A transformative solo that is mesmeric enigmatic and virtuosic taking dancer and audience on a transformative journey traversing an imaginary landscape.

Extraordinary dance from Ochre

Review: Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, 3.3 and Beyond · Subiaco Arts Centre, 29 May · Review by Varnya Bromilow · Shadows on shadows, a body ...
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Opening night of Hatched 2018.

A snapshot of the future

Review: "Hatched National Graduate Show" 2018 · Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) · Review by Jenny Scott · Now in its 27th year and ...
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The winners of the 2017 PAWA Awards

And the winners are…

Seesaw warmly congratulates the winners of the 2017 Performing Arts WA Awards! BEST NEWCOMER 2017 Georgina Cramond – Interrupting A Crisis, The Blue Room Theatre ...
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Link dancers performing in Ori Flomin's Mangoes, earrings and a glimpse of hope.

Welcome to the breeding ground

Review: Link Dance Company, "Differently Equal" · Geoff Gibbs Theatre, 23 May · Review by Nina Levy · I’m always excited to see LINK Dance ...
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Ian Wilkes and Michael Leslie in 3.3

Reclaiming language through dance

It's been decades since Michael Leslie has taken to the stage but the legendary Aboriginal dancer and choreographer is about to perform in his new ...
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PAWA Awards 2017

Best on the boards

As readers of Seesaw know, the WA performing arts sector punches well above its weight in terms of both the quality and quantity of work ...
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Claire Voss and Oscar Valdes in La Sylphide. Photo by Emma Fishwick

An enchanting escape

Review: West Australian Ballet, La Sylphide · His Majesty’s Theatre, 18 May · Review by Amy Wiseman · Attending the ballet on Friday, I was ...
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Sonic gorgeousness from Devenish and James

Sonic gorgeousness from Devenish and James

Review: Louise Devenish, "music for percussion and electronics" · The Sewing Room, 15 May · Review by Jonathan W. Marshall · Louise Devenish is a ...
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Hir by Taylor Mac

The domestic heart of darkness

Review: Black Swan State Theatre Company, Hir by Taylor Mac · Studio Underground, Perth, 12 May · Review by Jonathan W. Marshall · Hir is ...
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Akio Ho

A lunchtime treat

Review: Concerts at One, Recital II, Christ Church Grammar School · St George’s Cathedral, 16 May · Review by Leon Levy · The attractive annual season ...
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Denmark Festival of Voice

Raise your voices

Denmark will be awash with harmonies over the WA Day long weekend, when hundreds of people descend on the town for its annual Festival of ...
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Susie Conte in Sparrow

A window on the past

Review: Tempest Theatre, Sparrow by Susie Conte · Subiaco Arts Centre Studio, 3 May  · Review by David Zampatti · There’s something of Albert Facey’s ...
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Glitter and be gay

Musical magic in Mount Lawley

Review: Emma Matthews with WAAPA's Faith Court Orchestra, "Glitter and be Gay" · Judith Cottier Theatre, 12 May · Review by Leon Levy · Magic ...
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summer of the 17th doll

Black Swan’s Doll is a revelation

Review: Black Swan State Theatre Company, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll  · Heath Ledger Theatre, May 9 · Review by Xan Ashbury · It’s not ...
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Iain Grandage

And the director is…

Perth Festival has announced the appointment of Iain Grandage as artistic director of Perth Festival 2020-2023, succeeding current director Wendy Martin whose final program will ...
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Down on their Luck, 2017, ash, polymer, timber veneer on canvas, 183x225cm, Photograph by Bewley Shaylor

Art from the ashes

Review: Nigel Hewitt, “Recinder” · Gallery Central, North Metropolitan TAFE · Review by Belinda Hermawan · In his latest body of work, “Recinder”, Tasmanian born ...
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Rise WAAPA dance

Students rise to the challenge

Review: WAAPA Dance: Rise · Geoff Gibbs Theatre, 5 May · Review by Nina Levy · When it comes to reviewing dance at the Western ...
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Hive Mind

Tasty home-grown honey

Review: Rorschach Beast, Hive Mind · Blue Room Theatre, 3 May · Review by Xan Ashbury · Monday nights in 1991 are forever etched in ...
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Carina Roberts and Gakuro Matsui in The Nutcracker

In the spotlight: Carina Roberts

Carina Roberts's star is on the rise. In her fourth year as a dancer at West Australian Ballet, the 23 year old has already chalked ...
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Brutal honesty & perverse pleasure

Brutal honesty & perverse pleasure

Review: Antifragile, Hold Your Breath (Count to Ten) · The Blue Room Theatre, 26 April · Review by Steven Cohen · One of the most ...
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The Dance Collective

Nothing left for me to do but dance

Imagine a flash-mob/outdoor dance-karaoke jam, where you get to watch uber-cool street dancers strut their stuff and you can have a boogie yourself, under the ...
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Cunning Little Vixen

A paradise we may never want to leave

Review: West Australian Opera, The Cunning Little Vixen · His Majesty's Theatre, 21 April · Review by Tiffany Ha · What are some of the tropes ...
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famous Sharron

Fame!

Rumour has it that Famous Sharron is heading off to Hollywood... but before she does she'll be returning to Perth Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy ...
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The Talk by The Last Great Hunt photo by Daniel James Grant_ pictured L-R Christina Odam, Cassidy Dunn, Megan Hunter-011

Chipping away at age-old taboos

Review: The Talk, The Last Great Hunt · Subiaco Theatre Centre, 11 April · Review by Xan Ashbury · For an introvert like me, that ...
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Holly Story, Spellbound (detail), 2018, variable, Banksia grandis flowers, plant dyed silk organza, silk thread, plywood, xanthorroea, resin and acrylic paint. Photography by Jessica Wyld_preview

Seductive and sensual

Review: "Sensual Nature", various artists · Fremantle Arts Centre · Review by Jenny Scott · Featuring works by twelve Australian artists, "Sensual Nature" explores our ...
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Charlotte Otton. Photo: Marshall Stay

Making a splash

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts’ Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) course has been running for just six years but its impact is already ...
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William Rees as Frank with Co3 Australia dancer Andrew Searle

A winning reinvention

Review: Frank Enstein, The Farm with Co3 Australia · State Theatre Centre of WA, 12 February · Review by Nina Levy · When I first ...
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mama Kin Spender

Golden harmonies

If you were lucky enough to see Mama Kin Spender at this year's Perth Festival, you’ll know that this band is spinning some musical magic, ...
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GreyWing launch

Montaged blocks and slow accumulations: Live musique concrète with GreyWing Ensemble

Review: GreyWing Ensemble, Lines of Flight
 · Gallop House, Dalkeith, 6 April
 · Review by Jonathan W. Marshall · GreyWing consists of Lindsay Vickery (clarinet and electronics), Catherine Ashley ...
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Patsy Mudgedell, Dogs on edge (detail), 2018, gouache, colour texta and black fineliner on cartridge paper, 29.7 x 42cm

Stories of family, country and culture

Review: "Revealed Exhibition: New and emerging WA Aboriginal artists" · Fremantle Arts Centre · Review by Miranda Johnson · Fremantle Arts Centre’s "Revealed Exhibition" showcases ...
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The Natural Theatre company

Getting their gear off – or are they?

If you're uncomfortable with nudity, you may want to avert your gaze in Freo this weekend.  Actually, never mind, it's just clever costuming!  Varnya Bromilow ...
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Frank Enstein

A tale of two companies

Raewyn Hill, artistic director of Co3,  takes Nina Levy behind the scenes of the contemporary dance company's upcoming season of Frank Enstein, a darkly comic ...
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Asher Fisch

Snippets of musical conversation

Review: WASO Masters Series – Asher Fisch Conducts Debussy & Ravel · Perth Concert Hall, 24 March · Review by Tiffany Ha · This was ...
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We will Rock you

Rocking the Maj

We Will Rock You by Queen and Ben Elton, presented by Platinum Entertainment · His Majesty's Theatre, 23 March · Review by Xan Ashbury · ...
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Huff by Cliff Cardinal

Raw, innovative and utterly engaging

Review: Huff by Cliff Cardinal, co-presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and Native Earth Performing Arts · Subiaco Arts Centre, March 21 · Review by ...
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Bradley Kickett, 'Shoalwater',

The many faces of water

Review: Binja-Bilya-Warden by Bradley Kickett · Paper Mountain, 21 March · Review by Miranda Johnson · When we think of water, we tend to think of ...
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Lia McKnight

Close to home

Finding sensuality in organic objects is one of the central ideas behind "Sensual Nature", an exhibition that opens at Fremantle Arts Centre, March 29. It's ...
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Making music in the field

Making music in the field

Outdoor shows are relatively common in Perth, especially in summer… but have you ever attended a performance in a bird sanctuary? Perth's GreyWing Ensemble are ...
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Humanising history

Humanising history

Review: The Corsini Collection – A Window on Italy · Art Gallery of Western Australia · Review by Miranda Johnson · The Corsini Collection is ...
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Asher Fisch with WASO

An ode to flair and imagination

Review: “Ode to Joy”, Asher Fisch conducting West Australian Symphony Orchestra & Chorus · Program: Beethoven's Zur Namensfeier: overture; Fantasia for Piano, Chorus & Orchestra ...
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Handbrake

Street smart

Review: Handbrake’s "Chaos Controlled" · 35 Cheriton St, East Perth, Friday 9 March · Review by Belinda Hermawan · Near the disused East Perth power ...
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Tank & the Bangas

With a bang

Perth Festival review: Lee Fields & the Expressions + Tank & the Bangas · Chevron Gardens, 4 March · Review by Tiffany Ha · The ...
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Repatriate

Dancing or drowning

Perth Festival review: Repatriate by Latai Taumoepeau · Fremantle Arts Centre · Review by Jess Boyce · At the end of a hall I’m filed ...
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Second Woman

Brave, intense, strange

Perth Festival review: The Second Woman by Nat Randall and Anna Breckon · Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 3 March · Review by Varnya Bromilow · ...
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White Spirit

On the outside, looking in

Perth Festival review: Ensemble Al Nabolsy & the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus White Spirit · His Majesty's Theatre, 3 March · Review by Louisa Wales · It’s ...
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Vessel

We’re all animals

Perth Festival review: Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa's Vessel · State Theatre Centre, 2 March · Review by Varnya Bromilow · "It sounds like crickets," a ...
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Perfume Genius

A fitting farewell to summer

Perth Festival review: Perfume Genius and Mama Kin Spender: Perth Festival · Wednesday 28 February, 2018 Chevron Gardens · Review by Tiffany Ha · It ...
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Human Nature, Zadok Ben-David

Arresting and apocalyptic

Perth Festival review: Zadok Ben-David, "Human Nature" · Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery · Review by Miranda Johnson · Zadok Ben-David's work is filled with trickery and illusion ...
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Mikaela Castledine

Of cats and crows

From a life-sized rhinoceros to a colourful cluster of stupas, Mikaela Castledine's large-scale yet intricate crocheted works have been delighting viewers at Sculpture by the ...
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The Far Side of the Moon_Cr. Toni Wilkinson, Perth Festival 2018_03

The far side of expectations

Perth Festival Review: The Far Side of the Moon, Robert Lepage · State Theatre Centre, 24 February · Review by Varnya Bromilow · Occasionally you’ll ...
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Lucy Peach

In praise of Peach

Fringe World review: Lucy Peach: My Greatest Period Ever - 13 February; How to Period Like a Unicorn - 22 February · De Parel Spiegeltent · Review by Jenny Scott ...
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Adam Rennie in Rocky Horror Show

From cult classic to crowd pleaser

Review: Rocky Horror Show · Crown Theatre, 21 February · Review by Xan Ashbury · As cultural artefacts go, the Rocky Horror Show is fascinating ...
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Madame Nightshade's Poison Garden

Garden of satirical delights

Fringe World review: Madame Nightshade's Poison Garden, created and performed by Anna Thomson, directed by Sarah Ward · The Studio at the Blue Room Theatre, February 22 · ...
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Kimsooja Zone of Nowhere

Flags for a new world order

Perth Festival review: Kimsooja's "Zone of Nowhere" · Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) · Review: Belinda Hermawan · When experiencing multi-disciplinary artist Kimsooja's "Zone ...
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Nassim

Oh! What a journey

Perth Festival review: Nassim by Nassim Soleimanpour · Studio Underground, 20 February · Review: Xan Ashbury · "Nassim means breeze - I knew when I named ...
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Lisa Reihana Emissaries

A rich and tender alternative

Perth Festival review: "Emissaries" by Lisa Reihana · John Curtin Gallery · Review by Miranda Johnson · Lisa Reihana’s "Emissaries" takes as its starting point ...
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the rhythm spectacular

A rather rhythmic stroll

Fringe World Review: "The Rhythm Spectacular", Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys feat. Lucky Oceans (USA) · The Edith Spiegeltent at The Ice Cream Factory, ...
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film stars don't die in Liverpool

WIN one of TEN double passes to ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

We have TEN double passes to give away to see Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell, in cinemas March ...
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Jordi Savall

Foot stomping and whistles!

Perth Festival review: Jordi Savall · Perth Concert Hall, 17 February · Review by Varnya Bromilow · Why do we like the music we like?  Ever ...
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A Farewell to Paper

Of typewriters and telegrams

Perth Festival review: A Farewell to Paper · Heath Ledger Theatre, 17 February · Review by Nina Levy · In 1982 I was seven years ...
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Fleabag

Hard to keep laughing

Fringe World review: Fleabag, a DryWrite and Soho Theatre production · Blue Room Theatre, 15 February · Review by Xan Ashbury · It’s a big ...
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6056

WIN a double pass to 6056

We have two double passes to give away to , showing at Laneway Palace, 7.45pm, February 20. Winner of Best Comedy WA at FRINGE WORLD ...
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To a simple rock n rol... song

Almost super-human

Perth Festival review: to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll… song by Michael Clark Company · His Majesty’s Theatre, 14 February · Review by Nina Levy ...
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Micromove

Lucky dip of dance treats

Fringe World review: "MicroMove" curated by Shona Erskine & Harriet Roberts · The Blue Room Theatre, 13 February · Review by Nina Levy · "MicroMove" ...
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GOTO Hell

Hell nods to Beckett

Fringe World review: GOTO Hell by Cody Fullbrook · The Hellenic Community Centre, 9 February · Review by Tiffany Ha · GOTO Hell, fittingly staged in ...
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untitled gathering basket

String theory

Fringe World review: Annette Nykiel's "Meeting Place" · Spectrum Project Space · Review by Belinda Hermawan · A product of Annette Nykiel's three-week residency at Spectrum Project Space ...
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Milnjyia

Celestial grace

Perth Festival Review: "Milky Way - Ballet at the Quarry" by West Australian Ballet · The Quarry Amphitheatre, 10 February · Review by Amy Wiseman · On a ...
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beyond time

Mesmerising marvel

Perth Festival review: Beyond Time by U-Theatre · His Majesty’s Theatre, February 11 · Review by Suzanne Ingelbrecht · A curtain of water, a single ...
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Barber Shop Chronicles

A balm for the soul

Perth Festival review: Barber Shop Chronicles, by Inua Ellams · Octagon Theatre, 9 February · Review: Xan Ashbury · Often I enter a hair salon ...
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Compagnie XY Il n'est pas encore minuit

Hoopla! Hoopla!

Perth Festival review: Il n'est pas encore minuit by Compagnie XY· Regal Theatre, 9 February · Review by Varnya Bromilow · I don't have a ...
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Attractor

Incredible art-making

Perth Festival review: Attractor by Gideon Obarzanek, Lucy Guerin, Dancenorth and  Senyawa · State Theatre Centre, 8 February · Review by Varnya Bromilow · A group ...
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Josephine

For kids only!

Fringe World review: Josephine by Second Chance Theatre · The Blue Room Theatre, 7 February · Review by Cass Runyon & Varnya Bromilow · Cass Runyon, ...
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Less Light

Darkness proves immersing

Fringe World review: Less Light by Lazy Yarns · The Round - State Theatre Centre, February 7 · Review by Xan Ashbury · It's one ...
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Fisticuffs

Bemusing but beguiling

Fringe World review: Fisticuffs by Sven Hopla · Cirquest, 8 February · Review by Suzanne Ingelbrecht · A rope hanging from the rafters, a punch ...
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A middle-aged view of adolescence

A middle-aged view of adolescence

Fringe World review: Seventeen by Turquoise Theatre · The Blue Room Theatre, 7 February · Review by Nina Levy · Wednesday evening saw me catch ...
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Joan

Superstar Joan is not to be missed

Fringe World review: Joan by Lucy J Skilbeck · State Theatre Centre Round, 7 February · Review by David Zampatti · The idea of the teenage warrior/martyr/saint Joan ...
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19 weeks

Solo show submerges audience in emotion

Fringe World review: 19 Weeks by Emily Steel · COMO Pool at COMO The Treasury as part of Blue Room Summer Nights, 3 February 2018 · ...
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Lebens Mittel

Lebens Mittel

Eat from the food life gives By which we count our days It need not be as rich as Croesus To fill our daily needs ...
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Reuben Kaye Club Swizzle

Smokin’ hot

Fringe World review: Club Swizzle · The Ice Cream Factory, 4 February · Review by Nina Levy · While a disused factory might not seem ...
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Djuki Mala

An exuberant return

Fringe World review: Djuki Mala The West Australian Spiegeltent at The Pleasure Garden, 31 January Review by Jenny Scott The wildly popular Djuki Mala team ...
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Night sweats

One for the insomniacs

Fringe World review: Night Sweats by Static Drive Co · The Blue Room Theatre, 3 February · Review: Claire Trolio · Insomnia and I met way ...
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yourseven image

Life as polaroid

Fringe World review: yourseven by James Berlyn · Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 3 February · Review by Varnya Bromilow · There’s something very comforting about experiencing ...
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syncope

An elegant machine

Fringe World review: Syncope by Kinetica · St Georges Cathedral, 30 January · Review by Jenny Scott · Syncope is an enjoyable mix of contemporary circus ...
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Seeking basic needs

Theatre on foot

Fringe World review: Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess by Renée Newman · Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 1 February · Review by Claire Trolio · ...
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the honeymoon suite

A trip into retro-wonderland

Fringe World review: The Honeymoon Suite by Bernadette Lewis · Paper Mountain gallery, 1 February · Review by Nina Levy · Entering the Paper Mountain gallery space to see ...
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Attractor

Super attractor

Propelling its dancers into a state of ecstatic physical abandonment, Attractor has been a hit at festivals in the Eastern states. Ahead of the work’s ...
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Menagerie choir

Pop in harmony

Perth’s indie-pop choir, Menagerie, has become a staple at Fringe World since its debut in 2014. With a back catalogue that ranges from Arcade Fire’s ...
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Jemima Foxtrot in Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea

Extraordinary Foxtrot spins cathartic tale

Fringe World review: Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea, Unholy Mess Blue Room Theatre, 30 January Review by Xan Ashbury Occasionally, you see a show that leaves ...
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Composer of 'Katrina Ballads', Ted Hearne. Photo: Nathan Lee.

WIN a double pass to Katrina Ballads at Perth Festival

Thanks to Perth Festival and Fremantle Arts Centre, Seesaw has a double pass to Katrina Ballads to give away. Katrina Ballads 8pm, Thu 15 Feb ...
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the way the city ate the stars

Stories that pack a punch

Fringe World review: Wil Greenway: the way the city ate the stars · The Blue Room Theatre, 28 January · Review by Claire Trolio · The stage is ...
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Gravity and other myths

Simply joyful

Review: A Simple Space by Gravity and Other Myths · The West Australian Spiegeltent, The Pleasure Garden, 28 January · Review by Nina Levy · ...
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Cull

Skewering social media

Fringe World review: The Very Good Looking Initiative's Cull  · Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, 28 January · Review by Jenny Scott · Cull begins with ...
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Shania choir

Shania Choir will set your Fringe on fire

Fringe World review: Shania Choir: A Shania Twain Retrospective · Circus Theatre, Perth Cultural Centre, 29 January · Review: Tiffany Ha · What could be ...
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slap and tickle

Saucy and jaunty

Fringe World review: Slap and Tickle by The Kabuki Drop and WAYJO · Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, 27 January · Reviewed by ...
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Human Service a new satirical opera

A Scrambled Serving

Fringe World review: Human Services by Queen's Hall Music · 28 January, 2018 Perth Town Hall · Review by Tiffany Ha · "Thank you for holding. Your ...
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Above the mealy-mouthed sea

From across the sea

She’s performed at Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Fringe, written commissions for the BBC and published a collection of poetry. Now UK-based writer and performer Jemima ...
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The Honeymoon Suite

Abundantly kitsch

Those who were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at Bernadette Lewis's "The Honeymoon Suite" in STRUT Dance's "Short Cuts" program last year will ...
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Poetry for our times

Poetry for our times

What do you get when you mix performance poetry, spoken word and rap? Star-Crossed Poets, a group of Perth performers who will be mixing poetry ...
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52 hertz

Only the lonely

We all feel alone at times, but when you're experiencing loneliness it can feel like you're the only one. 52 Hertz, by young artist collective ...
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Super Woman Money Program - Elizabeth Davie

Money, feminism and power… ballads

Sometimes comedy is the best way to explain depressing statistics, says Melbourne-based comedian Elizabeth Davie, and so she's having a crack at the superannuation gender ...
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The Motherhood

Take a long, hard laugh at yourself

If you've ever been in a relationship or looked after a child then you should relate to The Motherhood's 'Surviving the circus', a local comedy ...
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Pierre Ulric

The scientist turned magician

Starting with love and ending in blood, Pierre Ulric's 'Confessions of a Magician' isn't your standard conjuring show. In his Fringe Session Q&A, he reveals ...
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Dao of Dylan

Dylan done medium rare

Smart and sassy, Monique diMattina and Rebecca Barnard have juggled music and motherhood to bring you comedy cabaret act Dao of Dylan. How did they ...
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Dark humour and haunting soundscapes

Dark humour and haunting soundscapes

Paully aka Paul Rowe, is the front man of Genrefonix, a Perth-based arts/music collective that will be taking audiences on an eerie journey into local ...
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Out of control

Out of control

Dance is uncontrollable, says Israeli choreographer Omer Backley-Astrachan, and that’s what he loves about the art form. He’ll be performing in his dance work TOHU ...
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Writers Week – getting back to books

Writers Week – getting back to books

In late February wordsmiths of varying stripes will gather around UWA’s University Club for a packed week of debate, ideas and practical know-how.  This year’s ...
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The Fringe Sessions

The Fringe Sessions

Welcome to the Fringe Sessions, a series of Q&A interviews with some of the artists who will be appearing at Fringe World 2018. Pictured top ...
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A space of one's own

A space of one’s own

Artist-run galleries form a vital part of the visual arts ecosystem, acting as breeding grounds for new ideas and practices, as well as bringing vitality ...
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The wee small hours

The wee small hours

How did you sleep last night?  If you've had any experience with the frustrations of the sleepless wee hours, Night Sweats is the Fringe show ...
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Making music on the fly

Making music on the fly

As his name suggests, Harlem's Dandy Wellington cuts a dapper figure on stage as bandleader in "Club Swizzle". But his role in this highly-anticipated cabaret/circus fusion ...
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WIN tickets to Laser Kiwi (Fringe World)

WIN tickets to Laser Kiwi (Fringe World)

We have two double passes to give away to see Laser Kiwi at Fringe World! After touring across Canada and New Zealand, Laser Kiwi is ...
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Pushing provocative buttons

Pushing provocative buttons

CULL is a new show from Melbourne-based company, The Very Good Looking Initiative (TVGLI).  Described as a darkly comedic look at the world of social ...
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How to choose your Fringe World shows

How to choose your Fringe World shows

Seesaw’s Nina Levy offers her tips for avoiding a Festival freak out navigating the Fringe World program. Ah Fringe World. When, for a blissful month, ...
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A future that looks like the past?

A future that looks like the past?

Described as a one-woman, one-Roomba show, Future’s Eve will also feature a paddling pool, breakfast made live on stage and lasers, according to its maker and ...
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A necklace of words

A necklace of words

What’s it like to be an arts critic? Seesaw editor and performing arts critic Nina Levy answers your questions about the highs and lows of ...
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Welcome to the House of Joys

Welcome to the House of Joys

Dreaming up new worlds for people to experience is what KAN Collective's Noemie Huttner-Koros loves about performance-making, so she's excited about inviting audiences into KAN’s interactive ...
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Best of beads

Best of beads

Tiny and colourful, fiddly and fun, iron-together beads have been keeping children occupied for over 50 years. But can they be made into "art"? Absolutely ...
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A love letter to music: Jessie Gordon

A love letter to music: Jessie Gordon

Local songstress Jessie Gordon has been performing at Fringe World since its inception in 2012, and has picked up an impressive eight Fringe World awards ...
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mais pourquoi Thursday 21 December

mais pourquoi Thursday 21 December

It was a relief when Stina found a fellow odd, lost thing. Read more from mais pourquois at et-maispourquoi.blogspot.com.au ...
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The interpretation of [downstream] dreams

The interpretation of [downstream] dreams

An essay about Tom Blake’s “Downstream Dreams”, exhibited at Moana Project Space, 17-19 November 2017 · By Belinda Hermawan · Within ten minutes of arriving at the ...
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Cream of the crop

Cream of the crop

What were Seesaw writers' favourite shows this year? What were the highlights and lowlights for the arts in WA? And which artists will our contributors ...
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Pared down & Picasso-esque

Pared down & Picasso-esque

Review: The Twits - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre ◆ Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 6 December ◆ Review by Varnya Bromilow ◆ Recreating a beloved children’s ...
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Christmas spirit?

Christmas spirit?

Review: Christmas with The Idea of North & WASO • Friday, 8 December, Perth Concert Hall • Review by Tiffany Ha • On a sticky ...
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Ada - Chapter Three

Ada – Chapter Three

Ada is the working title of a novel-in-progress by Varnya Bromilow.  This is chapter three. For the first two chapters click here. Chapter Three LEONIE ...
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A Short History of Toast

A Short History of Toast

At 11.32am a piece of toast falls out of the mist and down the length of Meg's window. It lands on the lawn. Meg makes ...
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Oh those Russians

Oh those Russians

Review: WASO Masters Series - Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2 and Shostakovich's Symphony No.10 • Perth Concert Hall, 25 November • Review by Tiffany Ha • ...
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Artivism: reaching beyond trauma

Artivism: reaching beyond trauma

Eugenio Viola talks to Phoebe Mulcahy about "I don't want to be there when it happens", his first exhibition as senior curator at Perth Institute ...
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Fierce diva shines

Fierce diva shines

Review: Masterclass - Perth Theatre Trust ◆ Subiaco Arts Centre, 22 November ◆ Review by Varnya Bromilow ◆ I have a sparing knowledge of Maria ...
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Brutality as theatre

Brutality as theatre

Review: Let The Right One In - Black Swan Theatre ◆ Heath Ledger Theatre, 15 November ◆ Review by Xan Ashbury ◆ “There is only ...
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Cruelty over love

Cruelty over love

Review: Valentine by Kynan Hughes ◆ The Blue Room Theatre, 16 November ◆ Review by Suzanne Ingelbrecht ◆ When does the retelling of old stories ...
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Quirky robot action!

Quirky robot action!

Review: My Robot by Barking Gecko Theatre ◆ Studio Underground, 10 November ◆ Reviewed by Ellen-Hope Thomson ◆ Entering the theatre on opening night I am ...
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Memory as dance

Memory as dance

Review: im spiegel by LINK dance ◆ The Edith, Perth, 9 November ◆ Review by Varnya Bromilow ◆ It was one of those warm, windless Perth ...
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Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

Review: The Beauty Index by Annette Carmichael ◆ Brave New Works #24, Denmark, WA, 3 November ◆ Review by Amy Wiseman ◆ Set in a hauntingly cavernous ...
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Perth Festival picks

Perth Festival picks

Seesaw co-editor Nina Levy shares her tips for the 2018 Perth Festival. One of my favourite things about living in Western Australia is the quality ...
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The road to Valentine: Kynan Hughes

The road to Valentine: Kynan Hughes

Ahead of the premiere of his first full length work, Valentine, choreographer and dancer Kynan Hughes talks to Nina Levy about his life in dance ...
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Win a double pass to the Brandenburg Quartet in Perth!

Win a double pass to the Brandenburg Quartet in Perth!

Seesaw has a double pass to give away to the Brandenburg Quartet, who will be playing Government House Ballroom Wednesday 8 November. The Brandenburg Quartet, ...
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Close encounters of the remote kind

Close encounters of the remote kind

Review: Visitants: Close encounters with remote Western Australia ◆ FORM Gallery, Perth ◆ Review by Belinda Hermawan ◆ For those of us living in Perth, ...
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Falling for Washington... again

Falling for Washington… again

Review: Megan Washington with West Australian Symphony Orchestra ◆ Perth Concert Hall, 27 October ◆ Review: Talisha Goh ◆ It was refreshing to see a ...
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A whirlwind tour of ideas

A whirlwind tour of ideas

Review: Strut Dance: “Short Cuts”, Program A and B Studio 3, King St Arts Centre, 27 September (B) & 28 September (A) Review by Nina ...
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Tragedy is a triumph

Tragedy is a triumph

Opera: West Australian Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor ◆ His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, Western Australia, 26 October ◆ Review: Leon Levy ◆ It is a curious historical ...
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Sleeping beasts and spectacular contraptions

Sleeping beasts and spectacular contraptions

Review: Speak Percussion presents Fluorophone ◆ Tura New Music Totally Huge New Music Festival, 25 October ◆ Review by Tiffany Ha ◆ Arriving at the ...
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Birds of a feather

Birds of a feather

Review: Aeon, Lz Dunn and collaborators◆ Presented by PICA and Tura New Music as part of the 13th Totally Huge New Music Festival ◆ Perry ...
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Side by side

Side by side

What happens when you exhibit amateur and professional art works side by side... and anonymously? You'll be able to find out at "The State Collection", ...
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The repose of the bathroom

The repose of the bathroom

I cannot be this person anymore. I have always known deep down in my biology , by God’s hand I would be carried here. My ...
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mais pourquoi 23 October

mais pourquoi 23 October

Petronella's conversations always resonated with some unspoken truth. Read more from mais pourquois at et-maispourquoi.blogspot.com.au ...
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Stranger than fiction

Stranger than fiction

Review: I Am My Own Wife, Black Swan State Theatre Company ◆ Studio Underground, 18 October ◆ Review by Varnya Bromilow ◆ How do you ...
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Local musical is world-class

Local musical is world-class

Review: Once We Lived Here, Western Sky Theatre ◆ The Blue Room Theatre, 19 October ◆ Review by Xan Ashbury ◆ When I was five, ...
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Bali serves up whip-smart treat

Bali serves up whip-smart treat

Review: Bali, The Last Great Hunt ◆ Subiaco Arts Centre, 19 October ◆ Review by Nina Levy ◆ Living in WA it feels as if ...
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Beauty and the bathroom

Beauty and the bathroom

Review: Within Touching Distance, Mardi Crocker ◆ Spectrum Project Space ◆ Review by Jenny Scott ◆ The fine details of everyday items are beautifully rendered ...
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Ada - Chapter Two

Ada – Chapter Two

Ada is the working title of a novel-in-progress by Varnya Bromilow.  This is chapter two. For the first chapter click here DENNIS      He ...
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Unpacking our libraries: a reflection on creating

Unpacking our libraries: a reflection on creating

Behind every artist is a rich collection, a "library", compiled of works by other creators, writes Claire Coleman. Walter Benjamin’s 1931 essay “Unpacking My Library: ...
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Un-Ravel-ing the musical threads

Un-Ravel-ing the musical threads

Review: 'French Connections' – WASO with cellist Li-Wei Qin and conductor Douglas Boyd ◆ Perth Concert Hall, 14 October ◆ Review by Tiffany Ha ◆ There ...
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Every cat has its day

Every cat has its day

Review: The Life and Times of Scarface Claw ◆ Awesome Festival, State Library of WA ◆ Review by Phoebe Mulcahy ◆ The great popularity of ...
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A step back in time

A step back in time

Review: The Secret Project: Dispatch ◆ Wireless Hill, 7 October ◆ Reviewed by Nina Levy ◆ It’s dusk on an unseasonably chilly Saturday night in Perth, ...
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The story behind the storyteller: Sally Richardson

The story behind the storyteller: Sally Richardson

Sally Richardson's work defies simple definition. Bringing together circus, theatre, puppetry and clowning, her latest production, Fearless, is no exception. She talks to Nina Levy ...
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Up, up and away!

Up, up and away!

Review: Polar Bears Go Up ◆ Awesome Festival, Heath Ledger Theatre, 5 October ◆ Reviewed by Nina Levy ◆ Polar Bears Go Up opened to ...
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Exciting, acrobatic and muddy!

Exciting, acrobatic and muddy!

Review: Kaleidescope and Mud Island ◆ Awesome Festival, 4 October ◆ Review by Veronica Bromilow ◆ Reviews by Veronica Bromilow, aged ten. The show was ...
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Rethinking the landscape

Rethinking the landscape

Review: Looking Glass, Gregory Pryor ◆ Art Gallery of WA ◆ Review by Phoebe Mulcahy ◆ Hear "landscape" with reference to the visual arts, and it’s difficult ...
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922/1000

922/1000

Review: The Spaceman Cometh ◆ Awesome Festival, 30 September ◆ Review by Sir Cassidy Runyon and Varnya Bromilow ◆ Review #1 by Sir Cassidy Runyon, ...
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Best when it's one-on-one

Best when it’s one-on-one

Review: Proximity Festival, Programs A and B ◆ Cathedral Square precinct, 27 September ◆ Review by Nina Levy ◆ One of my all-time least favourite ...
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mais pourquoi: Wednesday 27 September

mais pourquoi: Wednesday 27 September

Piecrust wasn't sure how to tell Alexandra that he actually really wanted to be a geophysicist. Read more from mais pourquois at et-maispourquoi.blogspot.com.au ...
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Evocative, freaky wonderment

Evocative, freaky wonderment

Rules of Summer, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre ◆ Dolphin Theatre, 22 September ◆ Review by Varnya Bromilow ◆ Truth be told, I was not in ...
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Powerful & visceral

Powerful & visceral

Hypatia, Open Lid Ensemble · The Blue Room Theatre, 20 September · Review by Xan Ashbury · Hypatia is inspired and inspiring storytelling. Presented by newly-established Perth-based ...
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Reality cheque

Reality cheque

Review: Taylor Reudavey’s "I Know How Hard It Can Get" Moana Project Space, 9 September Review by Belinda Hermawan Taylor Reudavey’s multimedia exhibition "I Know ...
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A brave new step

A brave new step

What makes a father-of-two with no formal dance training sign up to dance in a major regional arts festival? Nina Levy spoke to Carl Heslop, ...
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A feast for the eyes, ears and brain

A feast for the eyes, ears and brain

Review: Laika: A Staged Radio Play, Second Chance Theatre • The Blue Room Theatre, 13 September • Review by Xan Ashbury • Even if, like ...
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The flash before the crash

The flash before the crash

Review: The Great Gatsby: West Australian Ballet - His Majesty's Theatre, 14 September - Review by Varnya Bromilow - Bringing to life a favourite from ...
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Photography by M. Miller-Furesh

Photography by M. Miller-Furesh

'ROA Platypus - Midland Railway Workshops, Western Australia  2011'. Photo: M. Miller-Furesh ...
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mais pourquoi: Thursday 14 September

mais pourquoi: Thursday 14 September

After two days of receiving the silent treatment from Louis, Sandra finaly snapped. Read more from mais pourquois at et-maispourquoi.blogspot.com.au ...
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A sneak peek at PIAF 2018

A sneak peek at PIAF 2018

Scorching days, balmy nights… it won’t be long til it’s summer in Perth... the season for the beach and the season for festivals. Perth International ...
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Telling West Australian stories

Telling West Australian stories

Wendy Martin, artistic director of Perth International Arts Festival, talks to Nina Levy about the artists and audiences she has discovered in WA. Wendy Martin ...
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Designed to delight

Designed to delight

Review: ‘Wagner’s World”, Asher Fisch presenting and conducting West Australian Symphony Orchestra - Perth Concert Hall, 9 September - Review by Leon Levy - If ...
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Something good, something really good

Something good, something really good

Review: The Zone: Co3 - State Theatre Centre, 7 September - Review by Varnya Bromilow - When you see something good, something really good, it ...
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Remaking the old into new

Remaking the old into new

Review: Jen Cloher - Mojo's Bar, 3 September - Review by Kevin Runions - Jen Cloher's songs speak of real life, and real love, and ...
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Science made poetic and personable

Science made poetic and personable

Review: 'Energies: Haines & Hinterding' · Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 1 September · Review by Jenny Scott · The intangible energies surrounding us - radio waves, ...
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A collection of songs at the Cathedral

A collection of songs at the Cathedral

Review: Concerts at One: Classical voice students from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts - St George’s Cathedral, 6 September - Review: Leon Levy ...
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Sparking dialogue

Sparking dialogue

Review: "Silence", Kyle Hughes-Odgers - Turner Galleries, opening night 1 September - Review by Belinda Hermawan - In contrast with its title, the first minutes ...
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A musical masterclass

A musical masterclass

Review: "Inspiring Wagner", West Australian Symphony Orchestra, presented and conducted by Asher Fisch - Perth Concert Hall, 6 September - Review by Leon Levy - ...
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An uplifting lunch break

An uplifting lunch break

Review: Concerts at One: Prendiville Catholic College - St George’s Cathedral, 30 August 2017 - Review by Leon Levy - This fine series seems to ...
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Vantage point

Vantage point

Review: The Perth Centre for Photography’s Iris Award 2017 - Review by: Belinda Hermawan - This year’s finalists for the Iris Award have captured humanity ...
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In the spotlight: Francesco Lo Surdo, West Australian Symphony Orchestra 

In the spotlight: Francesco Lo Surdo, West Australian Symphony Orchestra 

Unlike the usual suspects – piano, violin – you don’t often hear of children taking on the French horn, but musician Francesco 'Frankie' Lo Surdo ...
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mais pourquoi: Tuesday 29 August

mais pourquoi: Tuesday 29 August

Johannes embarked on a new research project. Read more from mais pourquois at et-maispourquoi.blogspot.com.au ...
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Human versus fate: Mozart & Mahler

Human versus fate: Mozart & Mahler

Review: Asher Fisch conducts Mozart and Mahler, West Australian Symphony Orchestra - Perth Concert Hall, 25 August - Review by Talisha Goh - The inevitability ...
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Wit of the acerbic kind: Switzerland

Wit of the acerbic kind: Switzerland

Review: Black Swan Theatre Company- State Theatre Centre, 24 September - Review by Varnya Bromilow- As a play, Switzerland is very much like the woman it ...
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Scratching Under the Surface: Richard Bell

Scratching Under the Surface: Richard Bell

Review: Scratch an Aussie, Richard Bell - Art Gallery of Western Australia, 22 August - Review by Belinda Hermawan - In his video piece Scratch an ...
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Strange & stunning: Arteries by Ancestry

Strange & stunning: Arteries by Ancestry

Review: Arteries by Ancestry, FUGUE - The Blue Room Theatre, 22 August - Reviewed by Jenny Scott - Arteries by Ancestry is an intense and visceral ...
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Rapping and weaving: Hannah Brontë

Rapping and weaving: Hannah Brontë

Claire Trolio catches up with Hannah Brontë, one of nine artists performing in the 2017 Proximity Festival. I’ve managed to get a bit of time ...
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Transmission Interrupted - Alex Hobba: A Conversation

Transmission Interrupted – Alex Hobba: A Conversation

Review: "A Conversation", Alex Hobba -  Moana Project Space -  Review by Phoebe Mulcahy -  As much as we may be aware how biased and ...
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A tense and captivating ride

A tense and captivating ride

Review: An Almost Perfect Thing, Gabrielle Metcalf - The Blue Room Theatre, 15 August - Reviewed by Claire Trolio - Three characters search for connection: an ...
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Placing old age centre stage

Placing old age centre stage

Acclaimed Australian actor Jenny Davis OAM talks to Nina Levy about why her role in Black Swan State Theatre Company's Switzerland holds special significance. For ...
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Real hope

Real hope

Review: Sista Girl - Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australia - Subiaco Theatre Centre - August 10 - Review by ...
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Confronting privilege & prejudice: Bell Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice'

Confronting privilege & prejudice: Bell Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’

Review: The Merchant of Venice - Bell Shakespeare - State Theatre Centre of WA - 9 August - Reviewed by Xan Ashbury Fear leads to ...
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THE FLOOD

THE FLOOD

when the flood came, in generous waves and pouring rain so cacophonous the pounding on the ground sent vibrations into every side street and cottage ...
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Implanted clouds: Builded Remnants

Implanted clouds: Builded Remnants

Review: Builded Remnants - Berndnaut Smilde - The Goods Shed - Reviewed by Phoebe Mulcahy It is a testament to the shifting and often indefinable ...
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mais pourquoi: Wednesday 9 August

mais pourquoi: Wednesday 9 August

Iris coordinated focus groups for the Federal Onomatopoeia Council ...
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1984: the message amidst the medium

1984: the message amidst the medium

Review: 1984, Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse & Almeida Theatre - His Majesty’s Theatre, 4 August - Reviewed by Varnya Bromilow I remember the first (and only) time I ...
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Dancing at any age

Dancing at any age

Perth's newest dance ensemble is rewriting the rules about who gets to perform, discovers Nina Levy. How old do you expect you’ll be when you ...
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Twists, turns and music: Jenny Simpson (Part II)

Twists, turns and music: Jenny Simpson (Part II)

In "Twists, turns and music: part I", AWESOME Arts CEO Jenny Simpson told Nina Levy about her past; a childhood cut short by loss, the ...
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Twist, turns and music: Jenny Simpson (Part I)

Twist, turns and music: Jenny Simpson (Part I)

This year Jenny Simpson is celebrating a decade at the helm of AWESOME Arts, an organisation dedicated to making incredible arts experiences for WA’s children ...
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Disrupted

Disarming and disruptive

It’s all about disarming assumption, unravelling expectation and provoking curiosity at the fourth Disrupted Festival of Ideas. Seesaw's Amy Wiseman caught up with Festival curator ...
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mais pourquoi: Monday 24 July

mais pourquoi: Monday 24 July

Earl quickly gained a reputation as a marketing consultant who told you what you didn't want to hear. Read more from mais pourquois at et-maispourquoi.blogspot.com.au ...
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A delicate and poignant gem: Coma Land

A delicate and poignant gem: Coma Land

Review: Coma Land - Black Swan State Theatre Company & Performing Lines WA - Studio Underground, State Theatre of Western Australia - 22 July - ...
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Something in nothing: Immaterial

Something in nothing: Immaterial

by Gemma Ben-Ary and Mandy Harwood - Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley - Reviewed by Belinda Hermawan - In "Immaterial", Gemma Ben-Ary ...
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Innocence and experience

Innocence and experience

Roslyn Oades is at the forefront of headphone-verbatim theatre – an innovative form that fuses real life and drama. Xan Ashbury spoke to Oades on ...
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mais pourquoi - monday 17 july

mais pourquoi – monday 17 july

During the saddest moments of her life, Regine could always count on Alyosha to arrive on the scene so she would not have to be ...
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Theatrical gold

Theatrical gold

Review: The Merry Widow - West Australian Opera - His Majesty's Theatre - 15 July - Reviewed by Leon Levy Where is the musical creation ...
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Montages: More than just a supercut

Montages: More than just a supercut

Review: Montages: The Full Cut 1999–2015 - Artist Tracey Moffatt and collaborator Gary Hillberg - Wanneroo Gallery - Reviewed by Belinda Hermawan Over a period ...
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Saltbush

Choreographed by light

Review: Saltbush Compagnia TPO & Insite Arts Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA 12 July 2017 Reviewed by Nina Levy It's just before 10am ...
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Ada

Ada

by Varnya Bromilow – The doctor was looking at her in a way that she had avoided for 84 years. 84 years she had avoided ...
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The Arrival

A strange and beautiful ride

Review: The Arrival - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre - The Dolphin Theatre, University of Western Australia - 5 July - Reviewed by Nina Levy - ...
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A powerful punch: Good Little Soldier

A powerful punch: Good Little Soldier

Review: Good Little Soldier Ochre Contemporary Dance Company and The Farm Subiaco Theatre Centre 9 July Reviewed by Nina Levy Good Little Soldier packs a ...
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Mais pourquoi

mais pourquoi – monday 10 july

Kristen was looking for a new co-conspirator. Read more from mais pourquois at et-maispourquoi.blogspot.com.au ...
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How to watch contemporary dance

How to watch contemporary dance

If you’re not familiar with it, watching a contemporary dance work may seem like a daunting prospect. Seesaw editor and contemporary dance critic Nina Levy ...
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A most rewarding puzzle

A most rewarding puzzle

Review: Rubik, Elizabeth Tan - Published by Brio Books - Reviewed by Belinda Hermawan - Despite being an unorthodox story-telling method, the term "novel-in-stories" still ...
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Dark, disturbing depiction of dysfunction

Dark, disturbing depiction of dysfunction

Review: The Eisteddfod, Black Swan State Theatre Company - Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA - 28 June 2017 - Reviewed by Nina Levy ...
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Young musicians impress

Young musicians impress

Review: Concerts at One: John XXIII College -  St George’s Cathedral -  21 June 2017 -  Review: Leon Levy Lunchtime recitals in venues whose prime ...
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