Editorial Friday 10 December 2019

The Big Anxiety. It’s a bold, even risky title for a festival that “brings together artists, scientists and communities to question and re-imagine the state of mental health in the 21st century”.

6 December 2019

The Big Anxiety 1: listen_UP, listen deep

Keith Gallasch

An installation in The Big Anxiety’s Empathy Clinic advocates and induces deep listening with which to understand the anger and underlying grieving born of serial trauma suffered by generations of Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

6 December 2019

Branch Nebula demo’s evolution

Keith Gallasch

In DEMO, six young performers conjure a world of emergence, conflict, cooperation, cataclysm and resurgence with little more than agile bodies, skateboards, a BMX bike and trust in their collective strength.

6 December 2019

The Big Anxiety 2: Breakout My Pelvic Sorcery

Keith Gallasch

Eugenie Lee’s multidisciplinary, collaborative VR creation for The Empathy Clinic asks health professionals to brave discombobulating discomfort in order to develop empathy for the sufferers of pelvic pain.

6 December 2019

Ensemble Offspring’s not so lonely hemispheres

Keith Gallasch

With compelling works expertly realised by Ensemble Offspring soloists, Australian composers Elizabeth Younan, Tristan Coehlo and Damien Ricketson constellate around those of Franco Donatoni and Luciano Berio.

6 December 2019

The Big Anxiety 3: Altering states

Keith Gallasch

With psychological insight, passion, wit and magic in the face of trauma, prejudice and panic, six distinctive works convey complex states of being in search of empathy and release.

6 December 2019

Editorial 14 October 2019

Performance Space’s 2019 Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art and Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia (image above: audience playing bankers in Ontroerend Goed’s £¥€$) both kick off in coming days with programs of rare intensity and invention. We guide you through their programs.

12 October 2019

2019 OzAsia Festival: Dissolving borders

Keith Gallasch

Festival Director Joseph Mitchell and Keith Gallasch discuss performances that will test forms, intensify audience experience and further cross-cultural collaboration, alongside a potently interdisciplinary visual arts program.

12 October 2019

Sue Healey: Adaptation vs ephemerality

Keith Gallasch

In a new Platform Paper, Capturing the Vanishing: A Choreographer and Film, Sue Healey eloquently details her struggle to sustain both artform and career by engaging with the screen as a legitimate site for dance.

12 October 2019

Liveworks 2019: Intimate, talkative, provocative

Keith Gallasch

With overlapping focus on Feminist Sound and Cultural Disruptors, this about to commence Festival of Experimental Arts features Chicks on Speed, Joel Bray, Vicki Van Hout, Gail Priest, Choy Ka Fai, Lauren Brincat, John Vea, Betty Grumble and more.

12 October 2019

Extended Play 2019: Expansive music

Keith Gallasch

Bracing and embracing, Extended Play’s 12-hour festival of new music featured, among many others, Margaret Leng Tan, Decibel, Nonsemble, Alex Waite, Synergy and Sonya Lifschitz in dynamic partnership with Christine Johnston at Sydney’s City Recital Hall.

12 October 2019

Rosalind Crisp’s environmental site-dance

Keith Gallasch

While admiring its beauty, Rosalind Crisp wittily and movingly transforms the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room into an exemplar of our problematic relationship with nature, drawing on her own life on the land and testing dance’s activist potential.

12 October 2019

Editorial 17 July 2019

RealTime Extra. As we continue to refine and build on the RealTime archive, we thought you’d enjoy reading about the joyous launch at UNSW Library Exhibition Space by Professor Sarah Miller AM of the complete 1994-2015 print editions of RealTime on the National Library of Australia’s TROVE website.

17 July 2019

Archive alive: launching RealTime on TROVE

Keith Gallasch and Virginia Baxter

The launch of the 1994-2015 print editions of RealTime on the National Library of Australia’s TROVE website was a memorable night of performances, reminiscences and wise words about cultural memory and the importance of archiving, inflected with laughter and a few tears.

17 July 2019

(In)formative reviewing: a decade of Sydney performance

Caroline Wake

Drawing on her writing for RealTime, Caroline Wake incisively assays theatres of ‘the real’ and of refugees, the decline of ensembles, the impacts of cultural diversity and the depredations wrought by the absence of a federal government arts policy.

17 July 2019

RealTime dances: the big picture

Erin Brannigan

Erin Brannigan takes on the monumental task of surveying RealTime’s committed engagement with Australian contemporary dance from state to state, in theatres, galleries, onscreen, in digital interactions and Indigenous practices.

17 July 2019

The slow retreat of reality: liveness in Melbourne performance

Jana Perkovic

Jana Perkovic analyses the rise and decline since 2005 of liveness in Melbourne theatre and performance; the notion of ‘you had to be there’ weakening as the digital record supplants presence.

16 July 2019

Scene changes: Mapping Melbourne theatre 2005-2015

Andrew Fuhrmann

Andrew Fuhrmann traces his performance-going trajectories 2005-15, reflecting on a theatre culture that once worked in the fringes and revelled in them, creating its own public spaces and demanding attention.

16 July 2019

Editorial 15 April 2019

Welcome and farewell. Farewell to RealTime, a 25-year publishing adventure that has come to a celebratory conclusion and welcome to the RealTime Archive, a massive documentation of a period of remarkable transformation driven by the artists who inspired us and to whom we and our many writers creatively responded.

16 April 2019

In Response: Dialogues with RealTime, the exhibition

Keith Gallasch and Virginia Baxter

This innovative UNSW Library exhibition features displays and live presentations by Martin Del Amo, Branch Nebula and Vicki Van Hout reflecting on their works and the critical response to them.

16 April 2019