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The promotional image heading this week’s E-dition is from Amrita Hepi (Bundjalung NSW/Ngapuhi NZ) and Jahra Wasasala’s (NZ) Passing, a collaboration in hip hop and contemporary dance with costumes styled by installation artist Honey Long. Passing “maps two bodies under pressure from the responsibility that comes from being of mixed cultural background,” and is one of a number of works in 2016 Next Wave featuring Indigenous artists in a program rich in diverse forms and invention.

Biennale of Sydney artist Mette Edvardsen’s haunting No title—a performance in which the world was erased around and within us—brought quite laterally to mind in later days the ‘gones’ of the Turnbull government—reforms to superannuation and negative gearing, the states' sharing of income tax—as well as prospective disappearances, the Great Barrier Reef and, rumoured, 60% of key previous Australia Council grant recipients. Going, going … Also gone are the never paid taxes of the corporate sector which could pay for equitable health, education and, yes, arts funding.

We’ve been buoyed by Biennale performances from Boris Charmatz and dancers (read about it next week) and Justene Williams and Sydney Chamber Opera with a glorious reinvention of the 1913 Russian Futurist anti-opera Victory Over the Sun. And there’s more good news: the return of La Mama’s innovative production of Uncle Vanya to regional Victorian towns and the success of Catapult Dance’s Propel program in Newcastle.

Virginia & Keith

VICTORY OVER THE SUN     In the Biennale of Sydney’s performance program, Justene Williams and Sydney Chamber Opera brilliantly resurrect the Russian Futurist anti-opera, transforming it into an opera for our times.
NEXT WAVE 2016    Artistic Director Georgie Meagher talks us through a program full of new names, intriguing works, potent collaborations and national engagement.
TRAUMA & DANCE      In Vancouver, Alex Ferguson is haunted by Betroffenheit, Kidd Pivot & the Electric Company’s account of unspeakable trauma incurred by those suffering PTSD and addiction.
DISAFFECTED    In this Blacktown Arts Centre production, artists confront us with the plight of peoples in our region whose lives are already challenged by the harsh realities of climate change.
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD    Works by international and Australian composers are played by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at Carriageworks to an audience greedy for new music.
GONE    Virginia Baxter encounters the subtly unfolding tragedy of Norwegian dance artist Mette Edvardsen's performance No title, part of the 2016 Sydney Biennale.
THE DAUGHTER     Katerina Sakkas finds much to admire in Simon Stone’s feature film debut including evocative cinematography and immersive sound design.
PROPEL       Cadi McCarthy, Artistic Director of Newcastle’s Catapult Dance, tells us about Propel, her cross-artform residency program; two of its works will appear as installations at Newcastle’s The Lock-Up.
UNCLE VANYA     This acclaimed two-day, live-in production, which premiered in Avoca in 2015, travels to the regional Victorian towns of Steiglitz and Eganstown over coming weekends.
PODCAST        In the first of a series of podcasts, made in partnership with Making Waves, Matthew Lorenzon interviews composer Jessica Wells about a new work for harp which you can also listen to.
DANCE REVIEWING WORKSHOP     Leading New York dance reviewer Deborah Jowitt presents a five-day workshop, part of the Keir Choreographic Award Program. Dance reviewers, arts writers, journalists and bloggers and dance practitioners are encouraged to apply.

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