Editorial 14 October 2019

RealTime Extra. 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. We recently saw dancemaker Rosalind Crisp at the Sydney Opera House in a deeply engaging account of connections between the building, the dancer’s body and a struggling Australian environment. For more on sustainability, dancemaker Sue Healey’s Platform Paper eloquently addresses dance ecology through her engagement with film. In September Sydney’s contemporary music audience was generously treated (a mere $35 a ticket) to the gripping 12-hour Extended Play event at City Recital Hall.

If you’re in Sydney, definitely don’t miss The Big Anxiety at UNSW Galleries in Paddington, a superbly curated collection of works and talks that help manage panic and concretely nurture empathy. Some of the standouts are VR works, not least Alex Davies and Michaela Davies’ magical Edge of the Present. It’s against the odds these days, but stay calm. Art helps. Keith & Virginia

Top image credit: £¥€$, Ontroerend Goed, photo Thomas Dhanens

12 October 2019