Indignant dance of bushfires and local weather change

Dancer Penny Chivas… QL2 Theatre, January 20-21.

Arts editor HELEN MUSA previews upcoming arts and leisure occasions on this week’s “Arts within the Metropolis” column. 

FORMER Canberra dancer and QL2 member, Penny Chivas, now based mostly in Glasgow, is bringing “Burnt Out,” her indignant work in regards to the Australian bushfires and local weather change, to QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, on January 20 and 21. I reviewed the present on the Edinburgh Fringe and was fascinated by composer Paul Michael Henry’s rating, through which he recreates the anguished sounds of magpies and a drone paying homage to helicopter or fire-truck sounds. 

RICHARD Johnson’s SoundOut Worldwide Pageant of pre-improvisation free jazz and experimental music is arising once more, with visitor artists from as far afield as Iraq on the ANU Drill Corridor Gallery, January 27-29. 

“WHO Are You: Australian Portraiture” is the primary exhibition to deliver collectively the collections of the Nationwide Gallery of Victoria and the Nationwide Portrait Gallery, that includes 130 works by Australian artists together with Patricia Piccinini, Atong Atem, Howard Arkley, Vincent Namatjira, Brook Andrew and Tracey Moffatt. NPG till January 29.

ARTISTS have till February 28 to use for Arts Actions funding (it was once referred to as venture funding) of $5000 to $50,000 for arts-focused initiatives, mentorships, residencies, skilled or abilities growth, now expanded to incorporate display screen initiatives. Particulars at

Actor-traveller Andy Day… Canberra Theatre, January 17.

“ANDY’S Superb Adventures” sees actor-traveller Andy Day introduce a number of the creatures that fascinate him – large and small, present or extinct – in a household present filled with laughter, music, interactive video games and many surprises that’s been scripted by Phil Gallagher of “Mister Maker” fame. Canberra Theatre, January 17.

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Distinctive Australian colonial billiard desk… acquired by the Nationwide Museum.

INTRICATE carvings depicting Australia’s early historical past characteristic on a singular Australian colonial billiard desk acquired by the Nationwide Museum for $1.1 million as a part of its mission to inform tales from Australian historical past.


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Ian Meikle, editor