Report to the Community 2014 - Page 14

PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS The 2014 Melbourne Festival transformed the city for 17 days in October with a program specially curated for Melbourne and including the best of international and local dance, theatre, music, visual arts, circus, film and outdoor events. OPENING WEEKEND Melbourne Festival opened with an invitation for all to join the five clans of the Kulin Nation for TANDERRUM, a historic ceremony and celebration to welcome artists and audiences to country. Enthusiastic crowds in Federation Square then enjoyed MURRU, a free concert featuring Archie Roach, Emma Donovan, John Bennett and more. The Foxtel Festival Hub’s first weekend saw impromptu dance floors and sold-out performances from Berlin composer Nils Frahm and Since I Left You, A Celebration of the Avalanches. 14 THEATRE With world premieres, international collaborations and new Australian works, the theatre program was as diverse as it was outstanding. When the mountain changed its clothing from European theatre master Heiner Goebbels saw a 40-strong cast of young Slovenian singers expertly blend spoken word and song. An audience favourite, Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday was a juxtaposition of stories from 18 and 80-year-old birthday parties through a unique verbatim theatre technique. Chunky Move, Melbourne Theatre Company and Melbourne Festival collaborated to produce the world premiere of Complexity of Belonging, a boldly contemporary work from Anouk Van Dijk and Falk Richter, two of theatre and dance’s most unflinching creators. Also lauded was Irish company Brokentalkers’ Have I No Mouth and Hipbone Sticking Out, a powerful expose of incredible aspects of a more recent Indigenous history from theatre-makers bighART. DANCE Upon hearing of legendary US choreographer Trisha Brown’s retirement, her dance company embarked on an epic international farewell tour. Melbourne Festival was honoured to present the Australian leg of the retrospective tour with a comprehensive program of events that incorporated films, workshops and largescale performance exploring Trisha Brown’s 40-year career. AM I, from award-winning Australian choreographer Shaun Parker was an ambitious collision of movement and music, spirituality and science. CIRCUS In response to the growing popularity of contemporary circus arts, Melbourne Festival shone a spotlight on this rapidly evolving genre. Highlights inc YY