PIAF A O Lang Pho - photo by Nguyen the Duong

PIAF: A O Lang Pho

In the words of Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam director Tuan Le, the word ‘A O’ is derived from ‘Lang Pho’, which loosely means ‘Village and City’. At its heart, this is the premise of A O Lang Pho – it’s leading charac...
Kagerou – Study of Translating Performance - photo by Bryony Jackson

Kagerou – Study of Translating Performance

There’s a palpable sense of care throughout Kagerou – Study of Translating Performance: Care is taken with the staging, Yoko Ito moving gentle around the space. Care is also taken with the story, spoken directly into Yok...
CDS Kooza High Wire Bicycle

Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA

With much anticipation, on a balmy Melbourne evening, I headed out to Flemington Racecourse to see Cirque du Soleil’s latest offering, Kooza in their trademark blue-and-­yellow big top. Over the past 18 years, I ha...
Harriet Gillies and Pierce Wilcox features in They’ve Already Won - photo by Jack Toohey

Fringe World: They’ve Already Won

Theatre can be one of the many ways to escape reality and divulge ourselves into a new world away from our own. In some cases, however, this is not always achieved, and instead of whisking us away, insists on plunging us...
Fringe World The Three Sisters - photo by Kate Pardey Photography

Fringe World: The Travelling Sisters

What damn fine belles of the sassy bizarre are the Travelling Sisters. Having spent two years sweeping through the global festival circuit, charming audiences in Berlin, Prague, Hong Kong and Edinburgh (where last year t...
Fringe World The Blue Room Theatre 600 Seconds

Fringe World: 600 Seconds

It’s a hodgepodge of talent; a wellspring of performers new and old; a bricolage that whams together in one show circus, theatre, contemporary dance and (in Thursday’s performance at least) kale. Only one rules applies: ...
Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry and Ho-Yoon Chung as Alfredo Germont in Opera Australia's production of La Traviata - photo by Keith Saunders

La Traviata

What makes a great performance? Why is it that the memory of seeing Fonteyn and Nureyev perform Swan Lake, or Bronhill perform The Merry Widow can stay in the mind for a lifetime? Whatever the answer, Ermonela Jaho’s per...