Home' LOTL : Oct 11 Contents In 2011, Melbourne Festival examines what it
is that unites us across cultures, and includes
works that celebrate what can be achieved
through unity, through call-to-action, through
protest and politics, through assembly of peoples.
A truly international Festival, it features major
presentations by visiting artists from countries
including Russia, India, Sudan, Indonesia, Japan,
Democratic R epublic of the Congo, the People’s
Republic of China, Iraq, Lithuania, Ireland ,
South Africa, Israel, Syria and Ukraine...to name
but a few!
Opening on Thursday 6 October, this year’s
Festival presents 15 world premieres and 13
Australian premieres in a prog ram of 52 shows,
events and projects over 17 days taking in theatre,
dance, music, film and visual arts.
Kicking off proce eding s, an arresting and
playful sculptural sp ectacle takes over the
streets of Melbourne with subversive Russian
art collective, AES+F’s Ang els-Demons. Parade
along Swanston Stre et and St Kilda Road for the
duration of the Festival.
Public ar t at its most wondrous and inclusive
also features in the brand new, captivating and
typically audacious light show from Australian
proje ction art pione ers, The Electric Canvas.
Taking one of Melbourne’s most recognisable
public spaces – the Arts Centre – Cacophony :
The Art of Conflict constructs a hypnotic and
dazzling light show around the individual
shapes and contours of its
highlights include the
National Theatre of China’s
Rhinoceros In Love, a
frenetic and compelling
glimpse of the new face
of 21st centur y Chinese
theatre ; the world premiere
of Assembly, an ambitious collaboration between
Chunky Move and the Victorian Opera that
investigates the enigmatic motion of crowds; and
the acclaimed Manganiyar Seduction, a fusion of
the timeless intensity of traditional Rajasthani
musicianship with dazzling stage design.
The place to soak up the backstage atmosphere,
indulge and celebrate is the Melbourne Festival
Lounge at the Arts Centre. During the evening s,
this pop -up performance loung e will feature
ever ything from low-key solo musicians to high
camp cabaret, dance and cinematic installations.
By day, it plays host to the renowne d Artists in
Conversation series, giving you the opportunity
to hear some of the most esteemed artists
appearing at this year ’s Festival talk about their
Closing the Festival in grand style is notes from
the hard road and beyond, a follow-up to last
year ’s extraordinar y Songs to Leave Behind. This
year some of the world’s finest singers - Joss Stone,
Mavis Staples, Rickie Le e Jones, Paul Dempsey
and Emmanuel Jal - assemble with The Black
Arm Band for one night only in the Sidney Myer
Music Bowl with an inspiring canon of song s
from civil rights, anti-war and women’s suffrage
to environmentalism, feminism and the abolition
movement in a glorious and daring celebration of
the music of protest, rebellion, love and hope.
What: Melbourne Festival
When: October 6-22.
More: Go to melbournefestival.com.au for full
Better still download the Festival’s new
streamlined iPhone app available now free
from the App Store at http://itunes.apple.
id461162435?mt=8. Fit the Festival into the
palm of your hand!
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