John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

February 2, 2013 / Features - Archive

When music is banned in the north of your country, and those who persist in making it are threatened with having their fingers amputated, the stakes of being a musician have just been raised. But, as Rokia Traore knows, the stakes were always high in Mali, the epicentre of African…

February 1, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

Joan Sutherland Theatre, January 30, 2013.  The avant-garde has a way of becoming the mainstream: just add time. In 50 years Surrealism went from outraging the bourgeoisie to fuelling advertising. In 1989 Spain’s Alex Ollé and his La Fura dels Baus company stormed Sydney Festival with Suz/O/Suz, and now he…

February 1, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

STC Wharf 1, August 5, 2011  Death haunts every word of Frederico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding. It hangs in the air, waiting to break upon the characters like red rain. There is no suspense about it; rather it has all the inevitability of ritual, played over and over, darkening lives,…