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RENT: The Musical. Image is a diagonal shot of a line-up on stage of young men and women looking off to the left and singing.
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Musical review: RENT: The Musical, QPAC

This latest iteration of Jonathan Larson's hit show will captivate a new generation of music theatre lovers.

‘Skid’ by Damien Jalet for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. Photo: Lennart Sjoberg. Dancers battling gravity on a tilted white stage. They are upright with knees bent and arms in different movements.
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Dance review: GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Sydney Festival

Two works by starkly different choreographers exemplified the uniting vision of this leading Swedish contemporary dance company.

It Lights the Whole Sky. Image is a choral group spread through a gallery space, standing on a multicoloured rug surrounded by 19th century paintings of weather phenomena and storms, singing. They all wear black suits and ties, and white shirts.
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Performance review: Alchemy Consort: It Lights the Whole Sky, National Gallery of Victoria

Choral music performances that explored the connection between humanity and natural phenomena.

Dangerous Goods. Three black clad performers wear T shirts that say 'show up' and sing into microphones while spotlights shine down on them.
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Performance review: Dangerous Goods, QPAC

A high-octane cabaret that includes circus, aerials, drag and burlesque.

Afrocentric. Image is black dancer, dressed in white performing in gallery space at front of the NGV, beside a large black sculpture of a young black woman. There is audience seated around the space.
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Performance review: Afrocentric, National Gallery of Victoria

Nightly performances that celebrate the African diaspora in Australia.

‘La Bayadère‘ being staged at Imperial Mariinsky Theatre, 1901. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Vintage photograph of ballet production with performers standing outside of a temple setting.
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Hindu leader decries ballet production

Throughout the years, Rajan Zed has protested against numerous productions of ‘La Bayadère’, a piece of classical ballet that is…

Malevo. A line-up of five bare-chested males raise their drumsticks above their heads and over the drums attached in front of them.
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Performance review: Malevo, Sydney Opera House

The South American all-male dancing and drumming troupe makes its Australian debut.

Grease. A group of musical theatre performers dressed in 50s clothes sit and stand on the stage facing forward.
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Musical review: Grease: The Musical, Her Majesty's Theatre

It's colourful and energetic certainly, but this production does not do anything to update the original flavour.

Five dancers wearing sleeveless organe tops and loose grey pants move-animal-like across on the stage on all fours. Behind them in a black and white digital animation of stylised animals including a rhino, camels and a giraffe.
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Dancing with wolves in the national capital

The work of one of the world’s greatest contemporary choreographers has never been seen in Canberra – until now.

Publicity image for Future D. Fidel's 'La Belle Epoque' at Theatre Works. Photo: Morgan Roberts. A black man is seen emerging from the shadows with a large chain necklace and what appears to be a floating crown above his head.
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What’s in store in 2024 for the performing arts (part five)

From indie theatre to choral masterpieces, 2024 has much to offer in the performing arts.

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