Image: The Rabble’s Room of Regret Photo: Guy Little

Melbourne Festival Picks

We’re gearing up for a huge Melbourne Festival at NW HQ with heaps of Wavers past and present involved in shows we’re excited to catch!

NW alumnus Max Delany curates Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Century, a tribute to  a hundred years of ready made art. Bringing together works by over 50 artists – from Duchamp and Man Ray to Andy Warhol and Martin Creed, along with some of Australia’s leading practitioners including 2012 NWF collaborator Lawrence English. A one-of-a-kind salute to an idea that continues to define the very nature of contemporary art.
3 Oct- 14 Dec, Monash University Museum of Art

2010 alumni The Listies present a  madcap comedy podcast for kidults, a part of Melbourne Festival’s children’s program. hilarious, messy and decidedly insane. Imagine The Young Ones hosting Play School – if The Young Ones had downloaded two gigabytes of fart noises. Now The Listies are back with the chaotic and ingenious Earworms – an interactive podcast recorded live each day and posted online so you can listen back later.
19 – 20 Oct, Fed Square, Deakin Edge

Matthias Schack-Arnott  (NWF 2012 & 2014) makes his Melbourne Festival debut with Speak Percussion’s The Black of the Star, an epic percussion masterwork  by French avant-garde composer Gérard Grisey. The piece bases its rhythms on the cosmic pulses of neutron stars, as they wheel in space and transmitting regular bursts of light toward Earth.
16-17 Oct at Fed Square

Five dancers manipulate fire-driven kinetic sculptures in Small Prometheus, which sees alumni Lily Paskas (NWF 2014) and Rennie McDougall (NWF 2012) perform together in this hybrid new work.  A series of chaotic experiments in free-form movement and sound the work produces a compelling interplay of body and sculpture, machine and fire.
 15-20 Oct at Arts House

From the opening weekend of the Festival,  Bindi Cole’s Art Tram will be scooting around various Melbourne routes, alongside 8 trams decorated by some Victoria’s most talented artists. The trams will be out on the roads for the next 6 months, so you’ve got a bit more time to catch these moving works of art.
Oct 2013 – Apr 2014 on the Melbourne Tram Network 

Alongside her Melbourne Festival show In Spite of Myself, performance-artist and theatre maker Nicola Gunn is hosting a free public forum picnic: In Spite of Everything. The event is joint-hosted by alumni Mark Pritchard and Bridget Balodis (2012), Lara Thoms (2006, 2008, 2012) and Shian Law (2014) and is sure to be no standard forum-picnic. It promises to be an amusing, illuminating and nourishing hour of questions, answers and lying in the grass.
9 -11 Oct at The Arts Centre, forum 12 Oct at 11am

NWF alumna Emma Valente (2004) directs The Rabble’s ambitious and unexpected take on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray with Room of Regret. Staged in a labyrinthine network of corridors and  chambers, Wilde’s classic is transformed into an immersive journey to the darkened core of our vanity told through performance,  installation and experience.
21 Oct – 3 Nov at Theatre Works

Of course there are stacks of other amazing Melbourne Festival events on in the next few weeks, so head over the festival website and view the full program here.