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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,…

January 31, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

City Recital Hall, January 15, 2013  This was as close as Sydney will come to hearing Robert Wyatt in person. His disembodied voice was in the room, as were his songs. France’s young Orchestre National de Jazz performed material from its Around Robert Wyatt album, containing reinventions of the intrepid…