5 of the perfect in a powerful yr for originality

Arts editor HELEN MUSA chosen her 5 finest experiences this yr, saying: “It’s been a powerful yr for extremely unique artwork in Canberra and that’s what we like, though our artists often tweak just a few good concepts from abroad…”

“Clare”. Picture: Mike Armstrong


“Voices and Veterans”, Nationwide Press Membership, Might-June.

PHOTOGRAPHER Mike Armstrong, a veteran of the Australian Military who served in East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and in addition as a part of the Tactical Assault Group East, created extraordinary photographic photographs of veterans swathed in molasses, to provide voice to these dwelling with post-traumatic stress.

“Changi Songbook”. Picture: Peter Hislop


“Changi Songbook”, The Avenue Theatre, Might and July. 

CHRIS Latham and Neil Pigot invited audiences to observe them file 24 of the songs by Slim De Gray and Ray Tullipan, initially carried out by the AIF Changi Live performance Get together throughout World Battle II. The songs, introduced by a few of Australia’s prime musicians and singers, had been interspersed with humorous tales and had been recorded earlier than a blended viewers of music lovers and representatives of the Japanese group.

“Whitefella Yella Tree”. Picture: Brett Boardman


“Whitefella Yella Tree”, Courtyard Studio, September-October. 

ONE of Canberra’s rising skills, playwright Dylan Van Den Berg’s potential with dialogue goes from power to power as he depicts two 15-year-old First Nations boys – someplace again in historical past – capturing the banter, their taunts and their loving bodily encounters, all of the whereas conveying a powerful, modern that means and sense of hazard.

“Hand to God”. Picture: Eva Schroeder


“Hand to God“, ACT Hub, August.

FROM the US comes an outrageous script by Robert Askins, set within the American Bible Belt and staged by Jarrad West on the new ACT Hub in Kingston. A combination of human performing and puppetry, the present included a depraved intercourse scene between the 2 puppets, Tyrone and Jolene, simply the funniest second in Canberra’s theatres this yr. 

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“Unravel”. Picture: Eliza Swiderski


“Unravel”, Erindale Theatre, July.

From Verona through the studios of Suzy Piani and Bonnie Neate’s refined ballet college The Coaching Floor got here the story of Romeo and Juliet, reinterpreted in modern ballet type with a movie backing. The efficiency by Ali Mayes as Juliet, all in crimson, was so stunning that it dominated all the pieces else taking place on stage.

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Ian Meikle, editor