Report to the Community 2015 - Page 10

Programming Highlights

PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS

With eight world premieres , 17 Australian premieres , 15 Melbourne Festival exclusives and five specially commissioned works , the Festival engaged over 1,000 artists from 23 countries , across more than 30 venues , to create a program that connected with an incredibly diverse audience .
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THEATRE
West End blockbuster 1984 reinvigorated George Orwell ’ s classic book demonstrating that the text is more relevant than ever . Shakespeare ’ s Othello was reimagined with text from Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison and music from Rokia Traoré in Desdemona . The New York Narratives program brought independent theatre companies from New York and Melbourne together with a collaboration between PS122 and Arts House providing captivating performances . Locally made independent theatre was also represented with The Bacchae from St Martins Youth Theatre and Theatreworks .
DANCE
The world – class Batsheva Dance Company from Israel brought two works to Melbourne , with the retrospective showcase Decadance and the challenging new piece Last Work . Both were performed before sold out State Theatre audiences .
Belgian physical theatre provocateurs Peeping Tom returned to Melbourne Festival with 32 rue Vandenbranden entrancing audiences with stunning physicality . The Melbourne independent dance industry was represented by works from Antony Hamilton with NYX , as well as Outer Urban Projects with Grand DiVisions — a combination of movement , music and spoken word .
MUSIC
Sydney – based DJ duo Flight Facilities collaborated with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in a one night only concert for 12,000 at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl . UK film composer Clint Mansell and folk songstress Laura Marling also thrilled sold out audiences . The 40th anniversary of Patti Smith ’ s seminal album Horses was celebrated by rock legends Courtney Barnett , Jen Cloher , Adalita and Gareth Liddiard .
The Foxtel Festival Hub had nine sold-out performances and featured a diverse range of contemporary music acts from around the world including The Fall , The Field , The Basics , Rhye , Katie Noonan and Kiasmos .
The Haydn for Everyone series completed the ambitious aim of playing all 68 of Joseph Haydn ’ s string quartets over three years , including intimate performances in some of Melbourne ’ s landmark architecturallydesigned homes .
FAMILY
The 2015 program once again featured accessible and engaging shows for families with the Melbourne Festival co-commission The Rabbits bringing to life the iconic picture book from John Marsden and Shaun Tan for a sold – out season . Another performance based on a book adaptation was Masquerade , taking audiences on an epic journey and wowing theatre goers from ages nine to ninety . For the first time in recent history Melbourne Festival presented a show in Geelong with Monkey … Journey to the West rebooting the classic cult television classic Monkey Magic on stage at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre .
Programming Highlights PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS With eight world premieres, 17 Australian premieres, 15 Melbourne Festival exclusives and five specially commissioned works, the Festival engaged over 1,000 artists from 23 countries, across more than 30 venues, to create a program that connected with an incredibly diverse audience. THEATRE West End blockbuster 1984 reinvigorated George Orwell’s classic book demonstrating that the text is more relevant than ever. Shakespeare’s Othello was reimagined with text from Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison and music from Rokia Traoré in Desdemona. The New York Narratives program brought independent theatre companies from New York and Melbourne together with a collaboration between PS122 and Arts House providing captivating performances. Locally made independent theatre was also represented with The Bacchae from St Martins Youth Theatre and Theatreworks. DANCE The world–class Batsheva Dance Company from Israel brought two works to Melbourne, with the retrospective showcase Decadance and the challenging new piece Last Work. Both were performed before sold out State Theatre audiences. Belgian physical theatre provocateurs Peeping Tom returned to Melbourne Festival with 32 rue Vandenbranden entrancing audiences with stunning physicality. The Melbourne independent dance industry was represented by works from Antony Hamilton with NYX, as well as Outer Urban Projects with Grand DiVisions—a combination of movement, music and spoken word. 8 MUSIC Sydney–based DJ duo Flight Facilities collaborated with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in a one night only concert for 12,000 at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. UK film composer Clint Mansell and folk songstress Laura Marling also thrilled sold out audiences. The 40th anniversary of Patti Smith’s seminal album Horses was celebrat ɽ́ ѹ ɹа)) ȰфɕѠ1ɐ)Qѕѥم!Ոͽ)əɵ́ɕٕ͔Ʌ)ѕɅ䁵ͥ́ɽɽչ)ѡݽɱՑQQQ) ̰ͥI唰-ѥ9-͵̸)Q!呸ȁٕ役͕ɥ́ѕѡ)ѥ́她)͕)!呻éɥՅѕٕ́ȁѡɕ啅̰)Ցѥєəɵ́ͽ)5ɹéɬɍѕɅ呕̸ͥ()5%1d()QԁɽɅɕ)ͥ́͡ȁ)ݥѠѡ5ɹѥمͥ)QÍɥѼѡɔ)ɽ)5͑MոQ)ͽMЁ͕ͽѡȁəɵ)͕хѥ݅́5ՕɅ)хՑ́ɹ䁅)ݽݥѡɔ́ɽ́Ѽ)丁ȁѡЁѥɕЁѽ)5ɹѥمɕ͕ѕ͡܁)ݥѠ5)ɹѼѡ])ɕѥѡͥձЁѕ٥ͥͥ)55хЁѡ)Aəɵ́ ɔ((