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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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