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depthoffield

The Malthouse Theatre

6 – 14 March

Depth of Field is summoned from the twilight in a cascade of simultaneous realities and chance encounters.

The change of light over an hour is a movement in time. A chance meeting in the street switches our focus in a blink. We experience these phase shifts every day, but they pass by without notice.

Malthouse Theatre and Chunky Move invite you to an outdoor performance event – a playful and poetic interaction between three dancers and a city. Amidst the performance, as daylight blends into darkness and the city changes tempo, awareness of everyday life shifts to reveal the unseen.

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shenyun

Arts Centre Melbourne, The State Theatre

Closing 28 February 

New York based Shen Yun has become a global sensation, reviving China's 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, once almost lost.

The company's masterful choreography and graceful routines range from grand classical processions to ethnic and folk dances, with gorgeously costumed dancers moving in stunning synchronized patterns. Its themes are drawn from the pages of history as well as our world today.

State-of-the-art backdrops conjure celestial palaces and pastoral vistas, while ground breaking music from a full live orchestra combines the best of Chinese and Western composition. Taking inspiration from ancient heroic legends and modern courageous tales, the breathtaking beauty of Shen Yun Performing Arts is not to be missed. Shen Yun returns to Arts Centre Melbourne in February, 2015 with an all-new program.

Experience the extraordinary! Experience Shen Yun.

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wotnofish

24 February – 8 March

The Malthouse Theatre

Wot? No Fish!! turns the Solomon's strange and wonderful history into a humorous and heart-warming narrative for all ages.

In 1926, London shoemaker Ab Solomons drew a little doodle on his wage packet and gave it to his young wife Celie. Over the next 60 years, he would repeat this gesture each week, documenting the day-to-day goings-on of their growing family, while every token was tucked away in a shoebox by Celie. After Ab’s death this long-forgottentreasure trove of deeply personal cartoons was discovered by his great-nephew Danny Braverman.

In this intimate one-man performance, Braverman decodes his great-uncle’s drawings to reveal the inner life of a family. Births, deaths, war and the sublime act of two people growing old together are lovingly illustrated with humour and honesty.

Like Ab’s doodles themselves, this absorbing and personal feat of storytelling draws us into the unique language of family.

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whitenight

Melbourne City and Surrounds

21 February

Inspired by Paris’ Nuit Blanche and the international network of White Night programmes around the world, White Night Melbourne, Australia’s most celebrated cultural event will return for one night only on Saturday 21 February 2015.

With an expanded event landscape, White Night Melbourne 2015 will offer a mix of free and ticketed entertainment over 12 hours and feature local, national and international artists and works from Australia, France, Canada, Greece, Portugal, India and the United Kingdom.

The event runs from 7pm to 7am, and visitors will be able to experience the visual art, exhibitions, spectacular illuminations, music, theatre, special dining experiences, film, design and performances on display in venues and major cultural institutions right across the city centre.

In previous years, peak attendance periods have been experienced between 9pm through to approximately 11.30pm, with generally smaller crowds after midnight. Previous attendees have created their own experience – arriving later to enjoy the programme at a less crowded time, or by booking dinner at a city restaurant before heading out to the event afterward.

A terrific addition to Victoria’s Major Events Strategy, White Night Melbourne was created, and is proudly supported, by the State Government of Victoria.

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parade

The Malthouse Theatre

23 – 28 February 

BottledSnail is proud to present a stunning new production of the Tony Award-winning musical Parade. Written by the acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry, Parade is the real-life story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jewish man who is unfairly tried for the murder of a young girl working in his pencil factory in Georgia in 1913.

Parade explores injustice, prejudice and the struggle for human rights – themes that continue to resonate in contemporary society. Set against the aftermath of the American civil war, Leo’s trial and subsequent lynching tells a remarkable story that speaks to the evils of intolerance and injustice.

This bold new production will remain true to the original music but will involve an exciting fusion of the visual and performing arts through the use of state of the art projection technology and complementary lighting and sound design.

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musicalvalentine

Sidney Meyer Music Bowl

14 February 

The MSO’s beloved summer series returns with a program of star-crossed love, opening with Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet. Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe conjures an ancient tale of desire tantalisingly out of reach, while the spirit of romantic love pervades Strauss’ songs. This homage to amour closes with Porgy and Bess, Gershwin’s musical love story fusing New York jazz with musical traditions from America’s Deep South.

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blak-cabaret

The Malthouse Theatre

10 – 22 Febuary 

Blak Cabaret is our star-studded gala to unleash Season 2015. A raucous addition to Southbank’s inaugural SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival, we invite you to join us for a night of sparkling variety that assembles some of Australia’s finest Indigenous musicians, comedians and dancers on stage in our forecourt and under the stars.

During the warm nights of February, Malthouse Theatre is hosting an open-air fiesta, with a pre-show barbeque, cabaret table-style seating and an outdoor bar that will keep the good times flowing throughout the night. Fresh from a sold-out season at Sydney Festival, the unstoppable diva Constantina Bush (Kamahi Djordon King, The Shadow King) flips Australia’s history on its head and blazes onto the stage as a forgotten queen from a distant land, taking no prisoners and claiming this terra nullius as her own. And she’s bringing with her blak royalty.

Join Constantina and a host of Australia’s most celebrated radicals including Kutcha Edwards, Deline Briscoe, Nikki Ashby, Bart Willoughby and Emma Donovan for an uproarious and subversive party that lights up the night with music, comedy and dance.