'Ugly Virgins'. Photo supplied A skater stands with her arms raised triumphantly. She is surrounded by a circle of four other skaters who raise their arms to her. They all wear helmets and other protective gear. It’s theatre… on skates

It’s theatre… on skates

3 June 2021

Diving into the colourful culture of the fast paced, high risk world of roller derby, Ugly Virgins will take you on a ride that’s not exactly wild, but enjoyable and pleasantly nostalgic, writes Nina Levy.

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Natalie Allen performs in Julia. Natalie Allen as Julia Gillard has one finger raised and her mouth open as though she has swung around to retort. She wears a bright red wig and blue suit. A dance work for our times

A dance work for our times

23 May 2021

Solo dance work JULIA is a work for our times, a powerful statement of feminist resistance and rage, with a glimmer of hope, writes Nina Levy.

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Three women stand against a rendered wall, arms around shoulders Support Seesaw, your arts playground

Support Seesaw, your arts playground

17 May 2021

It takes two to make a seesaw move, and we need your help! Discover how you can help secure the future of arts journalism in WA.

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Promotional image for Sioux Tempestt's

Take a ride outside your comfort zone

13 May 2021

Artist Sioux Tempestt is taking art of the traditional white walled gallery and into the pub in her new exhibition ‘INNOMINATE’.

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Michelle Aitken. Photo: Mitchell Aldridge. Michelle Aitken perches on her bottom, her legs extended upwards, her feet flexed. One foot hooks behind the other. Her arms are splayed, her hands supporting her. Tiny fragments, part 2

Tiny fragments, part 2

7 May 2021

Nina Levy dives into the second program of STRUT Dance’s 2021 “Short Cuts” season.

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Kimberley Parkin. Photo: Mitchell Aldridge Bathed in pink light and dressed in black Kimberley Parkin leans back, her arms grasping the air. Tiny fragments of the future?

Tiny fragments of the future?

7 May 2021

The pleasure of watching STRUT Dance’s annual “Short Cuts” program, says Nina Levy, is that you never know when you’re going to see the beginnings of something special.

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Julia at Harvey Town Hall Natalie Allen performing JULIA. Wearing a bright red wig and a blue suit over a white t-shirt, she is leaning over a table with one arm extended as though punctuating a point. A springboard to empower women

A springboard to empower women

5 May 2021

It’s been nearly 10 years since Julia Gillard made her landmark misogyny speech in parliament, but local director Sally Richardson believes there’s never been a better time to look back to that seminal moment in Australian history.

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Shanti Gelmi, Absent Presence, 2020, Photographed by Eva Fernandez A detail from Shanti Gelmi's 'Absent/Presence'. Two large rock like shapes sit on a hot pink background. They are black, and debased with a pink pattern comprised of chains of zig-zags, that appear to be knitted together. Out of the shadows

Out of the shadows

4 May 2021

For many years Perth-born artist Shanti Gelmi chose to deny the significance of her Indian heritage, a defensive response to the racism she encountered as a child. Recognising that her cultural heritage shaped her nonetheless, she now wonders what other unquestioned or unseen influences leave their stamp on us.

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A close up shot of Hannah Foley that focuses on her mouth, which is slightly open as though she is breathing in. Her nose and eyes are out of the frame, highlighting the focus on the mouth. The art of breathing

The art of breathing

28 April 2021

Drawing on her training in music and dance, artist Hannah Foley has created a performance work that turns breathing into an artform. Ahead of the work’s appearance in PICA’s annual “Hatched: National Graduate Show”, Nina Levy spoke to Foley to find out more.

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Photo: David Cox St John Cowcher performing in the 2019 season of Playthings. In this photo he is on the phone and looks worried. In the spotlight: St John Cowcher

In the spotlight: St John Cowcher

21 April 2021

From puppeteering to fronting a rock opera, St John Cowcher has done it all. Nina Levy caught up with the versatile local theatre maker, performer and puppeteer, ahead of his next engagement, performing in Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Playthings.

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Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio