profiler feb 1, 2017
Wesley Enoch's first Sydney Festival was buoyant with the sense of occasion anticipated in our interview last December. Some festival-goers have been excited by what they've experienced as "a decolonising of the festival," with its strong programming of Indigenous artists. Others have been thrilled by the sensory and formal adventurousness of a range of works. This E-dition is the first of two focused on the festival. Next week Nikki Heywood will respond to Still Life and Institute, Vick Van Hout to Prize Fighter, Blood on the Dance Floor and Huff and James Whiting to King Roger. We'll also address The Encounter, SHIT, The Season, Champions and have another look at Biographica. Elsewhere this week we take you to Venice, Pakistan and then Adelaide for something international from Lloyd Cole. Good to have you with us for 2017! Keith and Virginia
SYDNEY FESTIVAL: SENSES AND CAUSES
Nikki Heywood finds herself, "senses upended," in the world of the deafblind in Michelle Stevens and Heather Lawson's Imagined Touch and is then witness to Dancenorth's delving into the nature of causality with Japanese collaborators in Spectra.
SYDNEY FESTIVAL: DANCING NEW LIVES
Choreographer Eko Supriyanto's renowned Cry Jailolo and a new work Balabala (about female power) are entrancing dance works that celebrate young regional Indonesians' passionate engagement with their culture on the international stage.
SYDNEY FESTIVAL: REMARKABLE MUSICS
Keith Gallasch is transported by the high calibre of performance and sheer inventiveness evident in 1967: Music in the Key of Yes, Ellen Fullman's Long String Instrument, Gabriel Dharmoo's Anthropologies Imaginaires, Rautavaara, and Nicole Lizee, Sex, Lynch and Video Games with the Australian Art Orchestra.
SYDNEY FESTIVAL: AROMATICS OF THOUGHT
Cat Jones' Scent of Sydney draws Keith Gallasch literally by the nose into a world of personal reflections on the city triggered via smells associated with place, power, protest and nature in a wonderfully contemplative installation.
VENICE: SHIFTING GRAVITY'S CENTRE
Julie Vulcan describes profound efforts by Ukrainian, American and Australian artists (Casey Jenkins, James McAllister) to reorient thought and perception via the body in the Venice International Performance Art Week.
PARTIAL DURATIONS: SYDNEY FESTIVAL, BIOGRAPHICA
Alistair Noble applauds the Sydney Chamber Opera premiere of Mary Finsterer’s Biographica in which the composer "re-processes Renaissance musical language but not simply as pastiche; this is something more profound."
WOMADELAIDE: SAVING THE MUSICAL MIND
Ben Brooker interviews Roysten Abel, a man with a mission to sustain the musical imagination and abilities of children often dulled by negligent education. Manganiyar Classroom is performed by 35 six-16-year-old Pakistani boys.
THE SWEET SMELL OF JALEBI
Garth Davis' feature film Lion, based on a memoir by Saroo Brierly, takes Kirsten Krauth beyond reviewing to a brief personal memoir about an adopted brother and her own role as mother.
BRISBANE HAS A DANCE FESTIVAL
Glyn Roberts, Co-Artistic Director of Brisbane's Supercell Dance Festival, talks RealTime through its substantial inaugural program, featuring a fascinating array of artists from Australia, UK, Switzerland and China.
THE INTERACTING SYNTHESISER
Lloyd Cole's synthesiser creation, Identity vs Noise: 1Dn, commissioned by Adelaide’s EU Hawke Centre, allows audiences present and remote to collaborate on the music's evolution, becoming a metaphor for the Centre's focus on population and immigration movements.
INTO THE INTERNET'S BLACK HOLES
Lauren Carroll Harris is drawn into zin's The internet is where innocence goes to die and you can come too, a fun live art demonstration of "the net's power as an engine of visual culture."
realtime 137 feb-march 2017
gideon obarzanek: after glow
keith gallasch, chunky move’s gideon obarzanek, rt81
garry stewart: dance evolution in the age of robotics
erin brannigan, adt's devolution, rt71
lucy guerin: between temperature & temperament
jonathan marshall, rt52
rosalind crisp: a european future
erin brannigan, rt48
helen herbertson: the place where things slip
philipa rothfield, delirium, rt36
tess de quincey & stuart lynch: dancing the city
keith gallasch, compression 100, de quincey lynch, rt11
Balabala, EkosDance Company, Sydney Festival 2017, photo Jamie Williams