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WA Day celebration

WA Day celebration

Alessandro Pittorino has been exploring the organ since he was a child, literally inside and out. The West Australian organist ...
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Katherine Gurr and Ian Wilkes rehearsing The Line

Telling a tough West Australian tale

Co3 Australia's new work The Line investigates a darker side of Western Australia's past and its impact on the present, discovers Nina ...
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2018 PAWA Award winners holding their certificates

And the winners are…

The 2018 Performing Arts WA (PAWA) Awards were held Monday 28 April, at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia ...
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Hacking the piano

Hacking the piano

At Seesaw we enjoy publishing a range of voices. In this feature WA Academy of Performing Arts student Mae Anthony ...
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A woman stands on a trampoline

Putting together the puzzle pieces

What does it mean to be lonely in a world where we are never alone? That's a question local performance ...
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Adults and children making a shelter out of brightly coloured yarn and wire.

A space for children to explore

"Manguri Wiltja", an interactive play space/installation by FORM in collaboration with Polyglot Theatre and the Tjanpi Desert Weavers, brings experiences ...
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Our singing city

Our singing city

Perth's choral music renaissance is about to get a boost. Seesaw editor Rosalind Appleby talks to Luke Donohoe as Fremantle ...
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Singers and music director stand around the piano

Global story takes to the stage

Ron Siemiginowski and Giles Watson were brought together by the shared ambition to write a musical. Neither of them had ...
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Two young women dancing

No ceilings for young dance makers

Two recent graduates of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts' dance program, Briannah Davis and Olivia Hendry, are the artists ...
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2018 Performing Arts WA Awards nominations

2018 Performing Arts WA Awards nominations

The nominees for the 2018 Performing Arts WA (PAWA) Awards have been announced. Traditionally covering theatre, in 2018 the PAWA ...
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A woman singing against a pink drape.

Balancing the scale

Did anyone else notice? Featured among the international artists appearing at the Perth Festival were two local composers, and they ...
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A silvery sculpture, on rocks by the ocean

Design in three dimensions

Sitting at the intersection of art, design and academia, Penelope Forlano’s practice is diverse. With a portfolio that ranges from ...
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A writers festival for you

A writers festival for you

Running from 18-24 February, Perth Festival Writers Week is a feast for the mind, combining an immersive weekend of panel sessions ...
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A man and a woman dancing in the bush

Home-grown produce

Nina Levy · It’s November 1, 2018 and the Perth Concert Hall is packed for Wendy Martin’s final Perth Festival programme ...
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Channelling the greats

Channelling the greats

Singer Ali Bodycoat will need no introduction to local jazz aficionados. A regular performer at Perth's Ellington Jazz Club, she's ...
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A man sitting at a piano holding up two albums by Kylie Minogue

He should be so lucky

It all started with Madonna, says Michael Griffiths. The award-winning Australian cabaret performer has been touring Fringe festivals with his ...
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The ageless craft of circus

The ageless craft of circus

Rachel Bodenstaff of CircusWA and Natano Fa'anana of Casus Circus have joined forces and talent to create Cutting Teeth for CircusWA's Sliders ...
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The Big City

A clown in the city

Louis Spencer's new work The Big City has come full circle. Bringing together clowning, cabaret, comedy and puppetry in what ...
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Feminah

Wreaking feminist havoc

Charlotte Otton may be a Sydneysider by birth but in the four years that she’s been living in Perth, she’s ...
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A man doing magic

Creating a world of magical realism

It took more than an earthquake to stop Jeff Robinson from pursuing his dreams of being a circus artist. Now ...
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Twisting the narrative

Twisting the narrative

Whether you loved or loathed Elizabeth Gilbert's novel Eat Pray Love (and the film that followed), local theatre-maker Andrew Sutherland ...
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Girl standing in front of dystopian looking building

A not-so-imaginary future

Unprecedented heat waves, floods, bushfires... at a time when the effects of climate change are all too evident in Australia, ...
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A person in a pig costume and a young woman in dungarees against a cartoon backdrop of a forest

A creative, curious and enterprising pig

Serena Chalker may be best known as a choreographer of site-specific dance but this January will see her slip into ...
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Two young people squatting in front of graffiti. One is smoking the other is on her phone.

On trusting your gut

It’s been little more than a year since Isaac Diamond graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts but ...
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In the middle of a crowd sits a horn player in a wheel chair, behind him stands a clarinet player and two dancers are linking arms

Disabling the boundaries

English conductor Charles Hazlewood will be in Perth in February with the British Paraorchestra. He talks with Rosalind Appleby about ...
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A man and a woman with a microphone

Cream of the crop, 2018

What were Seesaw writers’ favourite shows this year? What were the highlights and lowlights for the arts in WA? And ...
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Celebrating a decade of Performing Lines WA

Celebrating a decade of Performing Lines WA

Last month, Performing Lines WA celebrated its tenth anniversary and officially said goodbye to its founding senior producer Fiona de ...
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From catastrophe to symphony

From catastrophe to symphony

Seesaw is delighted to share this short film documenting the journey of 13 year old singer and songwriter Anastacia Dawes. The ...
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Music Makes a Way

Music Makes a Way

For 12 year old Armadale girl Anastacia Dawes life was a catastrophe. Much of her childhood had been spent managing ...
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Composer gives speech for the voiceless

Composer gives speech for the voiceless

Award-winning composer Cat Hope will give a voice to the silenced when she returns to Perth to present the annual ...
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Three people lie on their backs on the floor. They look like a mother, toddler daughter and feather. They are making shapes with their hands.

Bite-sized Festival film samples

While it's still a few months until the bulk of the Perth Festival kicks off, the Lotterywest Film season is ...
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The Awesome lowdown

The Awesome lowdown

As the name suggests, the Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things brings fantastic arts events for young people ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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" ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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minus one sister

About to fly the coup

SALT is a WA theatre collective making its debut at this year's Fringe World with the highly-anticipated Minus One Sister, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Dark verbatim

Dark verbatim

Have you heard of No Lights No Lycra?  It's that disco where you dance in the dark.  Lazy Yarns' second ...
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A dedicated man of magic

A dedicated man of magic

Magic, piano playing, betrayal... what more could you ask for in a night out? Matt Penny's new show, Find the ...
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Dance makes the heart grow fonder

Dance makes the heart grow fonder

WA choreographer Ellen-Hope Thomson made her first work for Fringe, Ophelia, in 2016, while she was still a full-time dance ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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The four tasks of mourning

The four tasks of mourning

Grief is deeply subjective but the processes of healing apply to us all, says Marijke Loosjes. It’s this concept that ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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