The Melbourne Festival has come around again, and this year the emphasis is on the dramatic arts and music, with an awesome lineup of local and international acts running from the 10th-26th of October.
With so much on offer it’s hard to decide what events to go to – so here are our top picks for the Festival this year.
Coming all the way from Montreal, Cirque Éloize present their award-winning show Cirkopolis, an adaptation of Fritz Lang’s film Metropolis.
WHEN: Friday 10th-Sunday 12th October
WHERE: Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
PRICE: Ranging from $49 C reserve to $99 premium
A tragically gripping true story, Feidlim Cannon and his mother Ann share an onstage conversation about the death of his father that could have been prevented, with psychotherapist Erich Keller as a guide through the emotional work.
WHEN: The Coopers Malthouse
WHERE: Friday 10th – Monday 13th October
PRICE: $29 B reserve – $49 A reserve
A biennial event showcasing boundary-pushing works that incorporates two separate choreographed works to the same subject matter, highlighting different approaches to one idea.
WHEN: 14th-15th October, 17th-18th October
WHERE: Dancehouse Sylvia Staehli Theatre
A new incarnation of the Aurora Orchestra, Insomnia is a performance that highlights the perpetual state between waking and sleep, bringing their own unique interpretations to old much-loved songs.
WHEN: Thursday 23rd October 8pm
WHERE: Melbourne Recital Centre
PRICE: From $39 B reserve to $59 A reserve
Modern busking band that combines a ragtime whirlwind of tuba, washboard, trombone, banjo and more.
WHEN: Friday 17th – Sunday 19th October
WHERE: Foxtel Festival Hub
CROSSING PATHS WITH VIVIAN MAIER
Two years before her death, over 100,000 images photographed by Vivian Maier were discovered, and are being exhibited in Australia for the first time as part of the Melbourne Festival
WHEN: Friday 3rd-26th October
WHERE: Centre for contemporary photography
Screening in conjunction with the photography exhibition Crossing Paths, Finding Vivian Maier is a film inspired by one box of negatives. Eccentric nanny and haunted by her past, Vivian Maier is one of the pioneers of street photography and portraiture.
WHEN: 16th, 18th and the 23rd October
WHERE: ACMI cinemas 1 and 2.
TALKS, WORKSHOPS AND MASTERCLASSES:
Join some of the biggest names in this year’s program at the Foxtel Festival Hub, as they speak candidly about their experiences of taking their productions from concept to stage.
The audience follows the journey of a man who falls asleep on his piano, entering into a world of dreams where everything, including the piano takes flight.
WHEN: 10th-12th October
WHERE: Arts Centre Melbourne
PRICE: $29-39 Family pack $99