Friday, July 19, 2013

Out and About: Einstein on the Beach with the Arts Centre Melbourne Winter Season

As regular readers would be aware, I regularly (but not as regularly as I'd like!) attend events at the Arts Centre as their guest in return for telling you about what they've got on there.. this seems to me to be the easiest thing in the world, because every season they bring some really amazing stuff out to Melbourne for all of us to enjoy.
The arts and culture scene is one of the main reasons I moved to Melbourne and I think the Arts Centre is really the hub of that - it's an incredible showcase of talent from all over the world.

This winter they have once again put together a spectacular program. Some of the highlights of the 
Winter season are Penny Plain, a beautifully dark apocalyptic puppetry comedy; Einstein on the Beachan epic and ground-breaking opera/contemporary dance fusion; Proximity, a contemporary dance performance captured and artistically manipulated through videography; and lastly, Botanica a beautifully mesmerising family-friendly performance featuring spectacular costumes, inspiring dance, and theatre. 

At the end of the month my daughter and I are going tackle a behemoth - the four hour long epic modern opera Einstein on The Beach. From what I understand you're not meant to sit through the whole thing - it's designed to be experienced in parts, you can wander in and out of the theatre during the performance. I have a feeling we're both going to be glued to our seats, because this sort of thing is frankly fascinating to both of us.. but I"ll let you know how we go - keep an eye on my twitter stream on the 31st!

Here's how the Arts Centre describe what we're going to see:

"With no story, hero, or heroine, Einstein unfolds as a hypnotic tableau, inspired by the poetic idea of a genius, propelled by Glass' sublime score. A cosmic chorus of syllables, numbers, streams of consciousness, and enigmatic poems are punctuated by Lucinda Childs' choreography which unfold beneath Wilson's spectacular set, enlivening this epic, seminal masterwork. "

Sounds like an interesting way to spend an evening, wouldn't you say? I can't wait.


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