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What to SEE: June gig guide

23 May 2022

Wondering what to SEE this June? Check out Seesaw Mag’s gig guide for the hottest tips across theatre, music, circus, dance, visual arts and more!

Welcome to the June edition of Seesaw Magazine’s monthly gig guide, where Seesaw’s editor Nina Levy shares her top picks from across the arts spectrum with you!

27 May – 3 July: Van Gogh Alive
Supreme Court Gardens

Designed to appeal to all ages, “Van Gogh Alive” promises visitors a multi-sensory experience that will immerse them in the artist’s famous paintings.

Described as “a vibrant symphony of light, colour, sound and fragrance”, the exhibition transforms the gallery space with over 3000 images.

The gallery will be set up at Supreme Court Gardens in the CBD from 27 May 2022 and entry is ticketed.

Photo: ©Vidimage ©Joe Mammoliti

1-3 June: 80’s Mixtape Temptation by Kaleido Company
The Rechabite Hall

Kaleido Company’s 80’s Mixtape is renowned for taking audiences back to the decade of big hair and leg-warmers, circus-style.

Now Kaleido is presenting a grown-up version of 80’s Mixtape that’s strictly adults-only.There’ll be all the usual acrobatic feats, aerial displays and comedy, mixed with those 80’s classics plus a dash of naughtiness. 

If this sounds tempting, head on over to The Rechabite Hall to book your ticket. 

10-16 June: WAAPA acting, dance and musical theatre performance seasons
Various venues

Photo: Stephen Heath Photography

Every time I see a show by students at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) I’m reminded of how lucky we are to have this nationally renowned school in our state.

June sees the musical theatre students bringing a touch of Broadway to His Majesty’s Theatre with Mack & Mabel, a celebration of silent-era Hollywood, complete with heroes, villains, starlets and moguls.

Back at homebase, acting students will perform Caress/Ache, Australian playwright Suzie Miller’s ode to human contact. And dance students will be presenting “Rise”, a triple bill that features new contemporary dance works by choreographers Laura Boynes and Jenni Large, as well as a ballet highlights reel compiled by Leanne Stojmenov and WAAPA’s Kim McCarthy.

Head to WAAPA’s website for all the details.

Graham Miller, ‘Ken Hunter, 1979, 2019’. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

11 June – 14 August: Playing the Man
Bunbury Regional Art Gallery

Regular readers may know that I have a soft spot for artworks that reference footy. So Graham Miller’s exhibition “Playing the Man” has immediate appeal.

Arriving in Perth from Hong Kong, in 1977 at the age of 10, Graham Miller didn’t see anyone who looked like him on the footy field. In “Playing the Man” he recreates himself as his boyhood football heroes, using vintage football cards and jerseys form the 70s and 80s. The exhibition is shown alongside original Scanlens football cards and press images. Read Ted Snell’s 2019 review of ‘Playing the Man’ at Turner Galleries and find out more at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery website.

12 June: Tender is the Night
Melville Main Hall

“Tender is the Night” sees the work of local singer/songwriters set to sublime strings. This concert is the last in a series that has brought together various pop acts and the Tender Strings Quartet. In her review of September’s “Tender is the Night” Seesaw Mag’s Claire Coleman remarked,“[it’s] a concept that works, effortlessly appealing to listeners of both pop and classical persuasions.”This final program includes WAM Award winning songwriter Sam Carmody and soulful popster Alexis Naylor, as well as Chuditch, who’ll be launching their new single. Book here.

Photo: Deprimo Photography

17 June: “Miles: Explorations of the Dark Magus” by the West Australian Jazz Project
Perth Concert Hall

After making a summer debut, the West Australian Jazz Project is back at Perth Concert Hall this month, exploring the music of jazz’s Prince of Darkness, Miles Davis. 

“Miles: Explorations of the Dark Magus” will premiere new interpretations of Davis’s music, played by some of WA’s finest jazz musicians.

The WA Jazz Project was launched last year, with the aim of transforming jazz in WA by providing the state with a flagship jazz organisation.

Read Seesaw Mag’s review of their first gig here and book here.

17-26 June: Strange Festival
Various venues throughout Perth CBD

Strange Festival is this month’s new kid on the block. Making its debut over 10 days, Strange Festival is a showcase of free visual, aural, experiential and performance art that invites you to explore Perth’s unusual and unused spaces, while celebrating the misfits and the misunderstood. Featuring 35 artists from around Australia, the festival culminates with “Cor Novis – the Feast”, a large-scale sculpture collaboration with Hana Priest in Forrest Place, Sunday 26 June. Read more on the Strange Festival website.

18 June: 24Hour Play Generator, WA Youth Theatre Company (WAYTCo)
Subiaco Arts Centre

Although this project has been running for six years, I’ll be experiencing it for the first time in 2022 and I’m excited!  24Hour Play Generator sees young writers aged 13-26 work for 12 hours straight to create new short plays, with support from experienced dramaturgs. That evening, a judging panel selects six winning plays, which are then handed to six directors who work with six WAYTCo casts for 12 hours… ready for presentation to audience at the 24th hour. It gives new meaning to the words “hot off the press”! Head to WAYTCo’s website for more info and bookings.

18 – 19 June: Disrupted Festival of Ideas
State Library of Western Australia

If you’ve not experienced the Disrupted Festival of Ideas before then I highly recommend you mark this weekend down in your diary. This year’s speakers will be tackling topics such as “Wealth Creation in Western Australia – What are we investing in?”, “Who run da world: What stands in the way of gender equity?”, “Talking about death won’t kill you” – a conversation with a panel of “death experts”, and “Ageing disgracefully”.

If you can’t make it to the State Library of WA to catch these conversations and panel discussions live, they’ll be live streamed or you can catch up later via SLWA’s YouTube page.

And it’s all free. Find out more on the State Library of WA’s website.

Pictured top is the cast of Mack and Mabel, which will be presented by WAAPA this month.

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Nina Levy

Nina Levy has worked as an arts writer and critic since 2007. She co-founded Seesaw and has been co-editing the platform since it went live in August 2017. As a freelancer she has written extensively for The West Australian and Dance Australia magazine, co-editing the latter from 2016 to 2019. Nina loves the swings because they take her closer to the sky.

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