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cirque

Flemington Racecourse

Closing 29 March

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly.

The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species.

Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

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giselle

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

Closing 23 March

Love conquers death in the ultimate Romantic ballet. Since its premiere in 1841, Giselle has captured the imagination and torn at the heart.

A village girl falls in love with a man who is not all he seems. When she finds out his deception, she dies of a broken heart. Transformed into a spirit, she battles to save her lover in a wood haunted by the ghosts of jilted women.

For the ballerina, it offers a career-making opportunity to show off not just technique but emotional range, as she moves from an innocent girl to a tender, womanly spirit. Maina Gielgud’s acclaimed production, with Peter Farmer’s atmospheric designs, perfectly captures the ballet’s dramatic blend of real-life passions and otherworldly apparitions.

Yearning, madness, supernatural forces and transcendent, redemptive love: Giselle is the Romantic era crystallised in one perfect work of art.

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comedyallstars

Palais Theatre

25 March 

The brightest comedic stars in our galaxy are about to come together for an out-of-this-world evening of comedy decadence at this year’s Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow!

The annual Comedy Allstars Supershow marks the official opening of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, an adrenaline-filled maiden voyage and a taste of what is set to be a month of outrageous laughter that takes over the whole town.

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comedygala

Palais Theatre

18 March

For one very special night celebrating a remarkable 20 years of laughter and good will, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala proudly supporting Oxfam Australia returns in 2015 with tickets going on sale to the general public on Tuesday 25 November at 9am.

Each year, the red carpet rolls out, the celebrities roll up and the Network Ten cameras roll for a night that proves how powerful laughter can be. It's the most esteemed event in the Australian comedy calendar!

There’s little wonder the Gala tickets always sell like hotcakes. Get them while you can – and get that warm, fuzzy feeling only the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala can give.

The 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs from Wednesday 25 March – Sunday 19 April.

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nothingtolose

The Malthouse Theatre

11 – 21 March 

Nothing to Lose but your assumptions as Force Majeure continues its decade-long artistic study of the modern psyche.

‘Fat’ is a powerful little word, full of baggage and judgement. This undaunted dance production makes use of real-life experiences and stories to challenge aesthetic norms and reclaim a performative space for people with large bodies.

In her final work as Force Majeure's Artistic Director, Kate Champion collaborates with artist and fat activist Kelli Jean Drinkwater and choreographer Ghenoa Gela to celebrate the sculptural splendour of the fat dancing body. Unseen, unexpected and unapologetic, this new work abandons stereotypes and reshapes expectations.

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futuremusic

Flemington Racecourse

8 March 

Drake | Avicii | The Prodigy Afrojack | Martin Garrix | Darude Knife Party | Nero | Example | Die Antwoord Sigma | 2Chainz | Kiesza | Tchami Blasterjaxx | Robin Schulz | Klingande Gorgon City | Carnage | Bassjackers Yellow Claw | Throttle Cocoon presents Sven Väth Art Department | Apollonia : Shonky Dan Ghenacia | Dyed Soundorom + many more to be announced