Report from Sydney

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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Theatre and Performance Design, 2015, 1 (4), pp. 321 - 329
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Sydney, Australia, is an affluent new world city sited between the harbor and the beach with a population of around five million people of a multitude of ethnicities and one iconic opera house. This report gives a brief overview of Sydney’s more traditional theatre scene and then searches to find an Australian visual and spatial language in performance design. To that end, I look at some more experimental hybrid performance practices, including contributions made by recent convergences between the performing arts and the visual arts, and specific contributions made by Australian indigenous and Maori artists. I will be looking at some of the organizations that have been actively supporting these new performing arts practices and describe the venues that have propelled this type of work into the public consciousness. Finally, I review a number of productions that have emerged in a festival entitled Liveworks curated by the Performance Space since 2008 and held over three weeks beginning in late October 2015 in the contemporary multiarts center Carriageworks in Sydney.
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