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There are times when we all need backbone, literally and skilfully displayed in Gravity & Other Myth’s Backbone [image above] and metaphorically in shapeshifting Silvia Calderoni's performance in MDLSX, a wild and frank declaration of a transgender self. Also in the Adelaide Festival, Indigenous performer-composers William Barton and Deborah Cheetham strengthen Australian contemporary music with their innovations. Next up in post-festival Adelaide is Long Tan, a product of the resolve of playwright Verity Laughton, Brink and STCSA to bravely face the realities and myth-making that constellate around the Vietnam War battle. In Melbourne, artist Ash Keating submits his vast new paintings to theatrical lighting design and in Hobart the fascinating Unconscious Collective sync our heartbeats. Next week we boldly plunge into Dance Massive and Asia TOPA.

Virginia & Keith
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL: GENDER TRANSCENDANCE     Silvia Calderoni's riveting performance in MDLSX conveys the challenges of growing up transgender, compelling us to face the limits of ingrained beliefs which, writes Keith Gallasch, are deeply embodied in language—and takes it on.
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL: TECHNIQUE, PLUS AND MINUS    Works by Adelaide's Gravity & Other Myths, Israel's L-E-V and France's Jérôme Bel reveal tensions between technique and aesthetic aspirations, writes Ben Brooker.
Ash Keating
INNER & OUTER LIGHT      On her visits to Ash Keating's studio, Amelia Winata witnesses the artist's emotional swings as he paints the large canvasses that designer Matthew Adey will illuminate in Gravity System Response, a bold collaborative experiment in art-making and audience engagement.
HEARTS BEATING AS ONE       In Hobart, Andrew Harper sinks into a sleek, comfortable chair in the Cardiophonic Lounge for Unconscious Collective's Colloquy of Hearts to see if his heart can beat in sync with another's pulse.
AdFest music
Delighting in the festival's music program, Chris Reid finds himself totally immersed in a Chamber Landscapes concert featuring works by Aboriginal artists William Barton on yidaki and Deborah Cheetham in song, performed with the Australian String Quartet.
Long Tan
Ben Brooker interviews Verity Laughton about the practical, moral and philosophical complexities involved in writing Long Tan, a play drawing in part on verbatim material from participants in a near-mythologised Australian victory in the Vietnam War.
From urgent discussions about the future of Sydney’s film culture to Teju Cole's photographic criticism that rewrites art history, here’s a sliver of the week’s necessary art reads.
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