This week at the Arts Centre!

25 11 2009

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11th November 2009 – 10th December 2009, at the Arts Centre, State Theatre.

Presented by Opera Australia.

Grand opera does not get much grander than Aida. So when one of Australia’s true visionaries, Graeme Murphy, directs a new production of Verdi’s epic tale, it is an occasion not to be missed.

The King’s daughter Amneris is in love with Radamès, and hopes they will marry. Radamès, however, is in love with her Ethiopian slave-girl, Aida, and she with him. Is Radamès and Aida’s love great enough to betray their countries?

Verdi’s thundering choruses and spine-tingling arias, combined with an outstanding cast and the theatrical magic of Graeme Murphy resulted in a sell-out season in Sydney. You can see why when one of the world’s favourite operas comes to Melbourne.

Dates & Time:

11, 14*, 17, 21, 25*, 28* November
1, 4, 7, 10 December

7:30pm, except 21 Nov 1pm

* Free Opera Talk


Evening: $229 / $168 / $118 / $102 / $55 Matinee: $218 / $160 / $112 / $97 / $55


Cosi fan tutte by Mozart

Cosi Fan Tutte

19th November 2009 – 12th December 2009, at the Arts Centre, State Theatre.

Price Range: $55 – $229

Presented by the Opera Australia.

The School for Lovers

It’s a simple story. Three men, three women and three questions. Are all women fickle? Are men any better? Is there any such thing as true love? Mozart’s delicate and sensual score sounds exquisite while asking all the hard questions.

Jim Sharman’s exuberant new production features a hand-picked cast of young Australians including Hye Seoung Kwon, Sian Pendry, Henry Choo and Luke Gabbedy as the quartet of lovers, and is performed in lively new English translation.

Get ready for a rollercoaster ride through innocence, experience and sexual intrigue in this very modern interpretation of one of Mozart’s classics.

Dates & Time:

19. 21. 24, 27* November
3, 5*, 9, 12 December
7:30pm, except 12 Dec 1pm

Running time (approx): 3 hrs (inc 1 x 20 min interval)

* Free Opera Talk


Evening: $229 / $168 / $118 / $102 / $55 Matinee: $218 / $160 / $112 / $97 / $55


The Harry Harlow Project

26th November 2009 – 5th December 2009, 7.30pm, at the Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio.

Price Range: $23 – $28

Presented by FULL TILT at the Arts Centre in association with Insite Arts.

The Harry Harlow Project is theatre based on the life and work of one of the most controversial scientists of the 20th Century.

Harlow was the first psychologist to explore the nature of love, and his groundbreaking work with baby rhesus monkeys brought him fame and acclaim in the scientific world. However, as his own personal struggles took hold, Harlow’s experiments into the darker side of love became more and more macabre and disturbing.

How do we reconcile that his work became the foundation for everything science now accepts about child-rearing, neglect, child abuse, and depression?

This premiere production explores this man and his work by creating the laboratory inside his head. This is where his ideas, emotions, memories, ethics, insecurities and demons reside and conflict to create the work that has been the source of so much benefit, consternation, admiration and hatred.

Written and performed by James Saunders | Directed by Brian Lipson | Sound Design Kelly Ryall | Video Design Martyn Coutts


Revolutions: Great Classics Concert 6

Stephen Kovacevich

28th – 30th November 2009, at the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall.

Price Range: $30 – $125

Presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Brahms’ extravagantly beautiful piano concerto is the most expansive work of its kind in the regular repertoire. Where Brahms thought of the symphony as a vessel for rigorous formal argument, he gave himself more room to be rhapsodic in his writing for solo instrument and orchestra, hence this concerto’s wonderfully dreamy opening idea for the first horn and the magically serene Andante.
Webern created his six musical epigrams when he was in his 20s; although written for a large orchestra, they often feel like chamber music and, in their concision, evoke Schoenberg’s words about Webern, that he could “express a novel in a single gesture, a joy in a single indrawn breath.”The best way to listen to Beethoven’s Fifth may be to forget that it is a classic of Western art as imperishable as Michelangelo’s David or a Rembrandt self-portrait, and to approach it as its early audiences must have done: as an unprecedentedly compressed fireball of expressive intensity.

Stephen Kovacevich piano
Leif Segerstam conductor

Brahms – Piano Concerto No.2
Webern – Six Pieces for large orchestra, Op.6
Beethoven – Symphony No.5


Sat 2pm
Mon 6.30pm


Price type: Adult | concession | youthPremium:  $125 | $100 | $75
A Reserve:$100 |  $80 | $60
B Reserve:  $80 |  $60 | $40
C Reserve:  $55 |  $45 | $30


World Supremacy Battlegrounds (WSB) 2009

World Supremacy Battlegrounds (WSB) 2009

29th November 2009, 3pm – 9.30pm, at the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall.

Price Range: $25 – $55

Presented by Hoopdreamz.

International Dance Battle
500 urban dancers. 12 nations. 3 titles. All will descend upon the city of Melbourne, Australia’s arts and cultural capital, showcasing some of the most exciting and dynamic displays of Hip Hop dancing like nothing else seen in Australia.An annual event, the 2009 World Supremacy Battlegrounds is a platform for teenagers and young adults to shine and showcase their Hip Hop dancing skills, ranging from Popping, Locking, Break dancing, Funk, Krump dancing, and even the incorporation of Hip Hop with traditional dance such as Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, and interpretive dance.

This epic Urban & Hip Hop showdown will see some of Australia’s elite street dancers pitting themselves against some of the world’s best. Features global challengers from Singapore, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, USA, New Caledonia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Canada, with defending champions coming back from New Zealand.


3pm – 9.30pm
Running time: 310 minutes with 2 intervals


Premium $55 Adult / $45 Child/ $ 190 Family of 4
A Res  $45 Adult / $35 Child /  $ 150 Family of 4
B Res $35 Adult / $25 Child / $ 110 Family of 4** Please Note:
Designated Childrens’ Performance. Children under 2yrs free if sitting on parents laps.

Tickets on sale to the general public at 9am on 1 September 2009



30th November 2009 – 19th December 2009, at the Arts Centre, BlackBox Theatre.

Price Range: $23 – $28

Presented by the FULL TILT at the Arts Centre in association with The Hayloft Project’s.

An irreverent renovation of the Immaculate Conception

In a recognisable modern world of lounge rooms, food courts, bus stops and dinner tables, divine impregnation is the last thing you’d expect. B.C. depicts Mary, still living with her parents, as a young hairdresser with a romantic interest in store clerk, Joseph.Mary has complex connections with her family.  Her relationship with her father borders on taboo, there is the strain of her mother Anne’s cancer treatment fraying the maternal bond. Mary gives her honest, sisterly love to Gabriel, her mentally disabled brother who paints his own landscape with avian fantasies and abrupt tracts of ultra-violent reverie.  The family argue over feature walls and accept each other’s many failings just like many other families… until Mary is arrested by a higher force. Her life will never be the same again.

Written by Rita Kalnejais.


2nd – 8th November at the Arts Centre!

1 11 2009


5th & 6th November 2009, 8pm, at the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall.

Presented by Dainty Consolidated Entertainment

Get ready for a soulful November as singing superstar Seal is confirmed to tour Australia for the very first time.

Seal will bring his SOUL tour, which is currently receiving rave reviews in the US, to Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.

Acclaimed by critics and fans worldwide for his tremendous and versatile talent as a vocalist, Seal’s live shows are also known for their impressive production values. His Australian Soul Tour will be no exception, featuring the singer’s best known hits such as “Crazy” and “Kiss From A Rose” alongside songs from his new album “Soul” combined with a dramatic visual experience.

Released late last year, Soul has already sold 3 million copies worldwide. This sixth studio album was created in partnership with legendary producer David Foster who hasn’t held back in telling the world that Soul “is the album Seal was born to sing”. The album features a dozen soul classics including “I Can’t Stand the Rain”, “It’s a Man’s Man’s World”, “Knock on Wood”, “Stand by Me” and “People Get Ready”.

Don’t miss the ultra-cool new king of soul live!

Pricing: $159.90 / $119.90


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6th – 14th November 2009, 8pm, at the Arts Centre, Playhouse.

11 & 14 Nov: Matinees at 2pm

Presented by Bangarra Dance Theatre

In 2009 Bangarra Dance Theatre celebrates 20 years of bringing Australia and the world its unique, exciting and inspirational dance theatre.

Fire – A Retrospective
features the most memorable and potent elements of the company’s repertoire during this extraordinary and dynamic artistic period.

Featuring Bangarra’s exciting design installations, multi-media imagery and choreographic highlights from Ochres, Fish, Skin, Bush, Corroboree and many other much-loved works, Fire – A Retrospective takes audiences on the company’s 20 year journey across 40,000 years of Indigenous culture.

SET DESIGN Peter England
MUSIC DESIGN David Page & Steve Francis

Pricing: $65 – $48

Child: $29 (15yrs & under. Must be accompanied by an adult & purchased with an adult/concession ticket)

A Reserve Family Package: $129
(2xAdults, 2xChild or 1xAdult, 3xChild)Group booking reservations:
PH: 1300 788 227 FAX: 9699 5835

** Please Note: The Highlight from SKIN ‘Contains some strong language and depictions of drug use’


Tripod Dungeons and Dragons the Opera – The Kitchen Table Version

8th November 2009 at 6pm, 9th – 11th November 2009 at7:30pm, at the Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio.

Presented by the  FULL TILT at the Arts Centre.

Directed by Neill Gladwin
with Melissa Madden Gray as “the Dragon”.
This is a rare opportunity to witness Tripod’s latest epic unfold before your very eyes. Scod (a wizard), Yon (a priest) and Gatesy (a fighter who dreams of being a bard) invite you to join them for a sneaky look at their greatest musical yet … sorry, opera … as they prepare for its World Premier in the US next year.

Pricing: $25



John Edward Seminar

John Edward

8th November 2009, 7pm, at the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall.

Presented by Jenus Inc

John Edward has captivated audiences worldwide.

On his internationally distributed talk shows, Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country, he uses his unique abiltiies to connect people with loved ones who have passed on.

Deeply compelling, often startling and occasionally humorous, John’s down to earth approach has earned him a vast and loyal following.


Pricing: $133.55/ $97.55


28th September – 4th October at the Arts Centre !

27 09 2009


God of Carnage

29 August 2009 – 3 October 2009 at the Arts Centre, Playhouse.

Presented by the Melbourne Theatre Company.

‘God of Carnage is an expert piece of stagecraft and savagely funny.’ International Herald Trib
Human nature, red in tooth and claw. Yasmina Reza, the writer who drew maximum laughs from Minimalist art in Art, uses her corrosive wit to strip away the thin veneer of civilization.

The other day in the neighbourhood park, little Ferdinand whacked his playmate Bruno with a stick, breaking two teeth. So it is important that the parents of the boys set the right example and sit down to discuss the matter calmly and reasonably. After all, nothing will be gained by behaving like children …

‘Like her French comic predecessor Molière, Yasmina Reza knows that prejudice is just another name for seeing motes in everyone’s eye except your own. Delightfully airy and deliciously vicious, God of Carnage heats up quickly and rises out of its basic situation like a poisoned soufflé. O ur productions of Art and Life x 3 have both been sell-out hits for the Company and with Pamela Rabe lending her unsurpassed gifts for elegance and laser-like comic timing, Peter Evans’s production is bound to follow suit.’ Simon Phillips, MTC Artistic Director


$58.20 – $79.20

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Who's that chik?Who’s That Chik?

29th September – 4th October at the Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio.

FULL TILT at the Arts Centre presents CANDY BOWERS in Who’s That Chik?.

A hip hop tale of a brown girl with big dreams

After the smashing success of Sista She and The House of The Holy Bootay in Australia and abroad, Candy Bowers is back in Melbourne with her Adidas smokin’ and this time she’s flying solo.

Who’s That Chik? is a razor-sharp, personal and political ride through the highs and lows, blocks and flows of growing up brown with an afro and big dreams in Australia. It is served up in Candy’s own hip hop comedy style – with plenty of sass, and a pinch of Lionel Richie to boot.

As the only brown girl in ballet class at Seena Bird Dance Academy, the only brown girl in drama class at NIDA then graduating into an industry of whiteness – this is the true story of Candy B, born to South African parents in North Dandenong.

In Who’s That Chik? Candy re-unites with her sister and long time musical collaborator Kim Bowers A.K.A Busty Beatz – the nastiest female beats producer in the Southern Hemisphere.

“…a killer sense of humour… everything about this girl is big from her hair to her talent” 4 stars The Brag


$28 – $23
Preview on 29 Sept: All tickets $14

Groups 6+ $20 per person

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30th September – 10th October 2009 at the Arts Centre, BlackBox Theatre.

Presented by A Bit of Argy Bargy.
After thirty years of marriage, what is there left to say?
Two of Melbourne’s finest actors, Denis Moore and Margaret Mills star in this deeply moving play about love, fear and the need to be together.

This production is the world premiere of another exquisitely wrought play by Tom Holloway with a moving and often humourous portrayal of the minutiae of a marriage dealing with the ultimate relationship crisis.

Supported by FULL TILT.
Part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.


7pm (except for Sunday at 6pm)


Adult: $20

Concession: $15 (Pension card, Student*, Fringe Festival Artists**)
*available by phone or in person, ** available in person only

Tightarse Tuesdays (6 Oct): All tickets $15

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tpc_255x255Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

30th September – 4th October 2009 at the Arts Centre, State Theatre.

Presented by The Production Company

Based on the 1988 film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the story of two con artists living on the French Riviera. Suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson (Bille Brown) talks rich women out of their money while small-time crook Freddy Benson (Matt Hetherington) swindles them with tall tales of heroic deeds and sick grandmothers.
When these two meet they realise that Beaumont sur Mer isn’t big enough for the both of them. They agree that the first one to swindle $50,000 from heiress Christine Colgate can stay and the loser must leave town. But The American Soap Queen has a few tricks of her own.

Marina Prior returns to The Production Company in the role of Muriel Eubanks, a wealthy American divorcée who falls for Lawrence’s con and the charms of the local Chief of Police (Grant Piro).

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a riotous night in the theatre, complete with fake German accents, phony French royalty, corrupt police, and our two con-men taking on a variety of roles.

Freddy is Sergeant Buzz Benson, a war veteran with no feeling in his legs (aka Dance Fever) and Ruprecht, Lawrence’s mentally-challenged younger brother. Lawrence is the Prance, a prince fighting for his throne and Dr Emil Shuffhausen, a psychiatrist from Vienna who specialises in Dance Fever.

The outrageous score includes Give Them What They Want, Oklahoma?, What was a Woman to Do?, Love is My Legs, Ruffhousin’ Mit Shuffhausen and Like Zis/Like Zat.


Adult: $84 / $62 / $39
On sale to general public on 1 Jun 2009

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suicide_255The Suicide Show

30th September – 10th October 2009 at the Arts Centre, BlackBox Theatre.

Presented by A Bit of Argy Barg.

An extravaganza of vaudevillian ennui, The Suicide Show is an exploration of men’s mental health and the Australian male suicide rate.
Blackly humourous, subversive, honest and deeply moving, you (and all the men you know) can’t afford to miss it.  Created by Martin White with Tom Holloway, Mark Jones and Stephen Taberner, The Suicide Show will stay with you long after the band has stopped playing.

Supported by FULL TILT.
Part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.


Adult: $20

Concession: $15 (Pension card, Student*, Fringe Festival Artists**)
*available by phone or in person, ** available in person only

Tightarse Tuesdays (6 Oct): All tickets $15

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pauldaniel255Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique: Master Series Concert 8

1st – 3rd October 2009 at the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall.

Presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

“Just as I was starting on my journey [to Paris in 1892], the idea came to me for a new symphony. This time with a program, but of the kind which remains an enigma to all…” So Tchaikovsky wrote of the symphony that he was to premiere just a few days before his death, and which has come to be seen as his finest symphonic achievement. In its melodic richness and emotional power, it is one of the greatest of all Romantic orchestral works.

Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste is, in effect, a concerto for two facing string orchestras in which percussion instruments literally take centre stage. It is a richly complex and beautiful piece, in which folk elements are completely absorbed into a deeply expressive, rhythmically exhilarating world of sound.

In her homage to the music of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla, Re-Collecting Astoroids, Elena Kats-Chernin’s aim is, likewise, to absorb his language into her own. As she says: “I am taking three of his pieces as a source of inspiration and moulding them into a piece of my own.”

Re-Collecting Astoroids was commissioned by Symphony Australia for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with financial assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Paul Daniel conductor

BartókMusic for Strings, Percussion and Celeste
Kats-Chernin – Re-Collecting Astoroids (World Premiere)
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.6 Pathétique


Price type: Adult | concession | youth

Premium:  $125 | $100 | $75
A Reserve:$100 |  $80 | $60
B Reserve:  $80 |  $60 | $40
C Reserve:  $55 |  $45 | $30

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2_255Sounds of Colombia featuring Aterciopelados

4th October 2009, 6pm, at the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall.
Presented by the Arts Centre in association with Multicultural Arts Victoria.
‘A Spanish-language Patti Smith’ Rolling Stone
Fresh rhythms and sounds come to Hamer Hall this October from the heart of Colombia. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Latin Grammy Award winners and Colombian music icons Aterciopelados (the velvety ones) as part of the 2009 Mix It Up program.
Hector Buitrago’s stunning guitar melodies meld effortlessly with Andrea Echeverri’s soulful vocals to create songs that are influenced by a variety of Colombian and Latin American musical traditions as well as contemporary rock elements. Poetic, political and unique Aterciopelados has been honored by the United Nations for their work denouncing violence in Colombia and drawing attention to political injustice, women’s rights, and environmental destruction.

Aterciopelados will be supported by Melbourne band Kimbaya – a new and impassioned musical collaboration between Colombian born and Melbourne based songbird, Rose Páez and pianist, Vashti Sivell.

Arrive 2 hours prior to the show experience a taste of free performances, workshops and stalls as part of Colombia – Tierra Querida (Loved land) featuring Melbourne’s own Colombian and Latin American community.

“The miracle of Aterciopelados is that it backs up its message songs with beautiful, infectious music.” Billboard Magazine


Premium: $79
A Reserve: $63 / $54/ $45
Dance Area A Reserve:  $63 / $54/ $45
B Reserve: $43/ $35 / $30

** Please Note: All Stalls seating is listed as Dance Area A Reserve. Audience members are invited to dance in this area if they wish. Please select seating in the Circle or Balcony areas if you do not wish to be in the Dance Area.