Due to unexpected illness, Athena Theatre Services is regrettably on temporary hiatus. Please check back soon for further updates. 

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Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

12 – 25 September 2014

On Christmas night … the magic begins.

Clara, a young ballet student, is celebrating with her family at a Christmas Eve party. The magician, Drosselmeyer, gives her a nutcracker doll – and when the clock strikes twelve, dreams and magic are unleashed, the doll becomes a prince and Clara is whisked away to fantastical lands.

Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker is considered the world's most beautiful, and coupled with Tchaikovsky's beloved score, it truly is a magical experience for the whole family. All the delights of a traditional Nutcracker – the Christmas tree that grows to towering heights, the flying goose, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the dancing rats, the sweets – are gloriously present, with some extra treats like a Rose Fairy and Jack-in-the-Box thrown in.

John Macfarlane's ravishing design moves from a richly crimson Edwardian home to the sparkling Land of Snow to the vivid Land of Sweets in a series of breathtaking transformations that will have you oohing-and-ahhing along with the kids, and reliving the magic all the way home.


Choreography: Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, and Vincent Redmon

Guest Repetiteur: Desmond Kelly

Music: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Costume and Set Design: John Macfarlane

Original Lighting Design: David Finn

With Orchestra Victoria

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Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre

23 September – 4 October 2014

The Riders is a brand new Australian opera based on Tim Winton’s Booker-nominated classic. Composed by the acclaimed Iain Grandage with the libretto by Alison Croggon, this anticipated collaboration between Malthouse Theatre and Victorian Opera also unites respective artistic directors Marion Potts and Richard Mills.

Scully’s wife, the mother of his child, has disappeared. Her absence looms large as those left behind look for answers, desperate to recover their lost sense of belonging. Follow Scully and his daughter as they pursue people, places and pasts that have escaped beyond reach. Stirring and strange, Winton’s prose is translated into a modern opera that could be taken as a warning not to give chase to elusive hopes and transient identities.

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Arts Centre Melbourne, The Playhouse Theatre

11 – 13 September 2014

Nick Jr.'s Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure

Dora, her best buddy Boots the Monkey and the rest of their friends embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island in search of the ultimate pirate party.

Help them navigate over Dancing Mountain and through Silly Singing Bridge in pursuit of the Pirate Piggies. Get ready to use your map-reading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully help Dora reach Treasure Island and avoid that pesky fox Swiper!

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Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

5 – 6 September 2014

Following the initial success at the 2013 Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the highly successful national tour that followed Here Comes the Night – the songs of Van Morrison returns to Melbourne for two shows at Hamer Hall on Friday 5 & Saturday 6 September.

The show will again feature the cast of Joe Camilleri, Vince Jones and Vika Bull who will be accompanied by special guests the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra along with the Voodoo Sheiks Large Band. The combination of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Voodoo Sheiks Large Band together with the wonderful cast will ensure the colour and diversity of the musical textures of Van Morrison’s Songbook are full explored.

A Hall of Fame legend of Australian contemporary rock music through his bands Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons and the Black Sorrows Joe has been a Van Morrison devotee from the first stirrings of his interest in music. His passion for Van’s music make him the ideal celebrant of the enigmatic Irish genius. Vince and Vika provide the range of vocal skills that Van’s music demands. For decades Vince has been Australia’s internationally renowned and premier jazz singer/musician and Vika’s critically acclaimed starring role in At Last: Etta James reminded fans of the soulful clarity she brought to Joe’s Black Sorrows. She has the same exhilarating effect here.

Here Comes the Night – Songs From the Van Morrison Songbook is a concert experience that allows Van’s fans the rare opportunity to savour the breadth of a Modern Master’s extraordinary repertoire.

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Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse Theatre

Closing this Saturday 6 September!

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, Bangarra – Australia’s multi award winning dance theatre company – tells the story of Patyegarang, the inspirational journey of a potent Indigenous spirit alive in Australia’s past and present.

As the colonial fleet arrived on Eora country in the late 18th Century, Patyegarang befriended the colony’s timekeeper, Lieutenant William Dawes, gifting him her language in an extraordinary display of trust and friendship, which now inspires our imaginations about ‘first contact’.

In Dawes’ notebooks, rediscovered in 1972, are transcripts of this remarkable cultural exchange. Patyegarang's words are a window into a rich, complex and utterly different perspective on her world, its values and its sacred meanings. Bangarra liberates Patyegarang from the library shelves, putting spirit into her heart, as a striking visionary and educator. This deeply moving production is told through the acclaimed creativity of Stephen Page’s choreography and David Page’s soundscape, in a powerful and meaningful dance theatre experience.

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A one off event on August 28, 7pm at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Joining us for the evening will be international author and renowned speaker Pastor Matt Chandler.

He will be supported with music from David Martel and the City on a Hill worship team. Churches are uniting and thousands are gathering for one moment, in one historic venue, for one extraordinary evening. This is Something Bigger.

Every dollar from ticket sales will be donated towards a cause that blesses the city of Melbourne.