From the return of seminal French circus performer James Thierrée, a shimmering labyrinth, and dancing fat people; to a Brazilian showman, a celebration of Triple J, and a lonely man in a SpongeBob SquarePants suit in Time Square, Sydney Festival 2015 is truly kaleidoscopic in its diversity. We have pored over the program, and offer up some highlights here. CULT’s editor Garrett Bithell also chats to Festival Director Lieven Bertels.
Registrations for Fairfax’s new arts festival Spectrum Now have officially opened.
A brilliant cast including Charlie Garber, Matilda Ridgway, Geraldine Hakewill, Terry Karabelas, Eloise Snape and Sam O’Sullivan has been assembled by award-winning director Anthony Skuse for Platonov, a co-production between MopHead and Catnip Productions as part of ATYP Selects.
Rock Surfers Theatre Company is presenting the world premiere of new Australian play The Way Things Work by Aiden Fennessy. Directed by long-time Artistic Director Leland Kean – in his final production for Rock Surfers – the play is the winner of the inaugural Rock Surfers/CJZ Playwriting commission and will run at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre from November 5.
Coinciding with Bell Shakespeare’s 25th anniversary, Founder and Artistic Director, John Bell will leave the company, handing over the reigns to Artistic Director Peter Evans at the end of 2015.
Every year, a diverse and talented line-up of performers comes together for Light the Night, a benefit concert that raises money for leukaemia research and honours a brave young man by the name of Matthew Rennie. Here, his brother Shaun speaks to Garrett Bithell about this year’s concert, which will be the tenth – and last – Light the Night.
Musical theatre star Josh Piterman has opened PITFIT in Melbourne’s St Kilda, a functional fitness centre for performers, dancers, actors and everyone-in-between.
Come check out five exciting new works from some of our most talented up-and-coming choreographers at New Breed, a collaboration between Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks.
The next Australian Chamber Orchestra showcase features a special commission by Radiohead guitarist and seminal composer Jonny Greenwood. ACO’s Artistic Director Richard Tognetti speaks to Garrett Bithell.
Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s inaugural season in the iconic Eternity Playhouse has enjoyed wide critical acclaim. Their dynamic 2015 season has been announced, which includes an Australian premiere and three Sydney premieres.
As Cirque du Soleil celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, the revered contemporary circus company is bringing one of its most popular productions to Australia, writes Garrett Bithell.
Queer DIY theatre makers Sisters Grimm are back at Sydney Theatre Company with Calpurnia Descending. One half of the renegade duo, Ash Flanders, speaks to Garrett Bithell.