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7 Must-See Events At Melbourne Festival 2016

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Updated: 8 September 2016
Since 1986, the Melbourne Festival has celebrated music, theatre, visual arts and multimedia with a series of events. This year, with new director Jonathan Holloway leading the way, the festival will showcase 62 events across 207 performances with the theme of ‘childhood and adulthood, life and death, dreams and reality.’ While there are artistic gems lurking throughout the festival’s program, the seven events below are a compilation of the best on offer this year.

Thursday, 6th October – Sunday, 23nd October

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The Echo of the Shadow

Theatre

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Shadow, which tells of a man who loses his shadow, experimental performance group Teatro de Los Sentidos (Theater of the Senses) presents an immersive and stirring sensory experience at ACMI. Enter into a labyrinth of isolation in which performers guide you through a 75-minute sensory experience designed to illicit emotional responses, trigger long lost memories and uncover future dreams. Running throughout the festival, this experience is strictly limited, with 54 tickets available each day.

Thursday, 6th October – Sunday, 23nd October

ACMI Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC, Australia

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Theatre

Making their debut performance in Melbourne, the National Theatre of Scotland presents the anthemic musical adaptation of Alan Warner’s novel The Sopranos. Having premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2015, this riotous tale tells of six Catholic schoolgirls competing in a singing competition who tackle ‘love, lust, pregnancy and death’ all in one day. Told through hilariously, honest and heartbreaking harmonies, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour will run for the duration of the festival.

Thursday, 6th October – Saturday, 22nd October

Arts Centre Melbourne Fairfax Studio, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC, Australia

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La Belle et la Bête

Music

Jean Cocteau’s 1946 silver screen operatic masterpiece La Belle et la Bête has been reimagined by American composer Philip Glass. Gone are the original dialogue and soundtrack, having been replaced with a new score to be performed live by the Philip Glass Ensemble – please note Philip Glass will not be appearing. Relive a tale as old as time with four live singers – Hai-Ting Chinn, Marie Mascari, Gregory Purnhagen, and Peter Stewart – whose voices synchronise faultlessly with their onscreen counterparts.

Friday, 7th October 7pm

Saturday, 8th October 2pm & 7pm

Melbourne Recital Centre Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, 31 Sturt St, Southbank VIC, Australia

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Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage

Music

Imagine how Captain Kirk’s opening monologue would sound without Alexander Courage’s audacious musical score. The sense of adventure and magnitude surrounding the voyages of the starship USS Enterprise would be diminished. This October, Trekkies will hear proof of the score’s importance during the Melbourne Festival when the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour. Half a century ago, a ‘five-year mission to boldly go where no man has gone before’ began, and now under the stars at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, iconic scenes from the TV series and films will be beamed up in high definition on a 12-metre-wide screen, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Saturday, 8th October 7pm

Sidney Myer Music Bowl Kings Domain Gardens, 21 Linlithgow Ave, Melbourne VIC, Australia

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David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed

Music

Tim Rogers, Iota, Adalita, Deborah Conway, Steve Kilbey and others will pay tribute to the late David Bowie by performing over 30 songs including ‘Changes’, ‘China Girl’, ‘Life On Mars’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Let’s Dance’ and ‘Starman’. Accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Vanessa Scammell, David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed captures the evolution of Bowie’s sound and delivers five decades worth of hits over two nights.

Saturday, 15th October – Sunday, 16th October 8pm

Arts Centre Melbourne Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC, Australia

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Theatre

Acclaimed Canadian theatre director and playwright Robert Lepage is stepping centre stage for a poignant investigation into memory. Roving through scale replicas and life-size sets, Lepage questions the relevance of why we retain certain memories such as childhood phone numbers and favourite songs but fail to recall the present. Theatre is the ‘grand sport of remembering,’ says Robert Lepage, and in 887, audiences are invited to enter into scenes and sets from his memory that hold importance.

Wednesday, 19th October – Saturday, 22nd October

Arts Centre Melbourne Playhouse, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC, Australia

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VOCES Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras

Dance

Sarah Baras, the first lady of flamenco, is bringing her fierce footwork down under for three exclusive performances during the Melbourne Festival. Accompanied by a performance troupe of 15, Sarah will showcase her technical prowess in the show Voces, featuring original music by Jose Maria Bandera. Commencing with a warm-up scene, Sarah will move through a series of vigorous vignettes inspired by Paco de Lucia, Camarón de la Isla, Antonio Gades, Enrique Morente, Moraíto and Carmen Amaya. Surging with passion, this lavish production will conclude in a freestyle finale which will leave you breathless and in awe of one of Spain’s most remarkable icons.

Friday, 21st October 7:30pm

Saturday, 22nd October 7:30pm

Sunday, 23rd October 3pm

Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC, Australia

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