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Forum Theatre

29 August 

Miss Pole Dance Australia – to be held on Saturday 29th August 2015 is in its 11th year running.  Pole Princess proudly presents this highly recognised event. Its created some of the biggest names in the industry including Felix Cane, Gracie, Amber Ray & Miss Filly. It attracts crowds of thousands of people and is known worldwide. This years show is set to be a showstopper!

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2021

Arts Centre Melbourne

27 August – 5 September

The best of the 20th century, the freshest of the 21st: this electrifying triple bill showcases two giants of the New York dance scene and The Australian Ballet’s newest resident choreographer.

George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements is inspired by the revolutionary music of Igor Stravinsky, his friend and muse. This provocative piece kicks off with a line of chic dancers haughtily tossing their ponytails and blends the rigour of ballet with the vigour of jazz.

Twyla Tharp’s pulse-pounding In the Upper Room sets the stage alight with scarlet pointe shoes and sneakers, the driving music of Philip Glass and a bracing blend of classical and contemporary technique. It’s described by Tharp as “the only piece I’ve done that generates a standing ovation at almost every performance”.

Be there for the unveiling of Resident Choreographer Tim Harbour’s newest ballet – a stripped-down work set to a contemporary electronic score, featuring set designs by cutting-edge architect Kelvin Ho.

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supersensesaturday

Arts Centre Melbourne

8 – 9 August

Descend into the Arts Centre's tunnels and hidden spaces to encounter modern-day prophets and preachers, radicals and misfits, mediums and mischief-makers. Discover legendary punk matriarch Lydia Lunch performing with her all-star band Retrovirus, transcendent Australian treasure Gurrumul premiering his radiant new project focusing on African American spirituals The Gospel Songs, the world premiere commission of the stunning Discreet + Oblique: The Music of Brian Eno exploring the advent of Eno's ambient music, featuring a cast of internationally acclaimed performers including Australia's own The Necks.

Experience American avant jazz guitar icon Marc Ribot, Korean shamanism meets contemporary Australian percussion in Earth Cry, legendary German electronic/krautrock/new age pioneer Ash Ra Tempel performing in Australia for the very first time with a band of very special guests, internationally celebrated Australian electronic and experimental artist Oren Ambarchi with an expansive string ensemble in Audience of One, American cult songwriter Grouper with experimental filmmaker Paul Clipson in Hypnosis Display, and industrial electronic act HTRK joining forces with Melbourne's own Chunky Move in a world premiere new collaboration. All of which will leave you spinning and reeling.

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nicework

The Production Company

15 – 23 August

This bubbling 1920s-era musical sparkles with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and a delicious love story between a wealthy playboy and the feisty bootlegger who melts his heart. Set in the Prohibition era, Nice Work If You Can Get It features a snappy book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis). This delicious, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, gangsters, glamour and Gershwin. Nice Work features a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved, instantly recognizable tunes including Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Someone to Watch Over Me, ‘S Wonderful and Fascinating Rhythm.

Rohan Browne (Singin’ in the Rain, Strictly Ballroom) is Jimmy Winter, a wealthy and handsome playboy. Esther Hannaford (King Kong, Hairspray) is Billie Bendix, a feisty but beautiful bootlegger who is on the run from the law and steals Jimmy’s heart. Christie Whelan-Browne (Singin’ in the Rain, Rocky Horror Show) is Jimmy’s fiancé Eileen Evergreen, the self-proclaimed finest interpreter of modern dance in the world. Gina Riley (Kath & Kim, Chicago) is Duchess Estonia Dulworth, a noted prohibitionist who succumbs to the bottle and falls in love with a gangster. Nicki Wendt (GYPSY, Mother & Son) is Jimmy’s mother Millicent, a wealthy matron with great élan. George Kapiniaris (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Wogs Out Of Work) is Cookie McGee, a fast-talking, wise-cracking bootlegger. John Wood (Blue Heelers, How to Succeed..) is Senator Max Evergreen, a humourless career politician who lightens up by the end! Tony Farrell (Rocky Horror Show) is Chief Berry, head of the Long Island Police Department and fiercely dedicated to his job. With Monica Swayne (Wicked) as Jeannie, a happy go lucky chorus girl and Jensen Overend (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Duke, Cookie’s not-so-bright sidekick.

Directed by Helpmann Award winner, Roger Hodgman (Show Boat, Grey Gardens) with Musical Director John Foreman (The Boy From Oz, Singin’ in the Rain) and Choreography by Dana Jolly (Show Boat, Grey Gardens).

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asocialservice

Malthouse Theatre

11 – 29 August

A Social Service should help people, shouldn’t it?

Featuring Nicola Gunn and David Woods, this smart performance sticks its nose into the gap between rich and poor, and smells something funny. Prepare yourself for an in-your-face look at systems that claim to help the needy, but only help themselves. In a send-up of greed, status and the machinations of power, Gunn and Woods take a satirical look at the state of the public housing system, and the developers and bureaucrats who control its future.

Questioning who these safety nets are really there to benefit, A Social Service digs at a reality more concerned with replicating itself than improving the situation. When the people at the top have no understanding of ordinary worries, needs or wants, maybe their help is the kind we’d be better off without.

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Malthouse Theatre

18 July – 9 August

I Am a Miracle is not for the timid. After 18 years on death row, Marvin Lee Wilson was executed by lethal injection. But after a 2002 Supreme Court ruling, his sub-normal IQ should have disqualified him from the death sentence. Strapped to a gurney, his final statement was a plea for recognition: ‘I am a miracle’.

Taking these words as a point of departure, playwright Declan Greene meets Wilson’s story with a work of monumental scope, spanning three continents and two hundred and forty years. In an 18th Century slave colony, a soldier is sent upriver on a suicide mission. In present-day Melbourne, a man finds himself entrapped by his carer. In Huntsville, Texas, a prisoner awaits his death. And somewhere beyond time and history, a sublime force lays a plan to rewrite the future.

Set to a transcendent choral score, I Am a Miracle depicts a world bound to the injustices of the past – crying out for intervention. Wildly careening between the epic and the intimate, this is a mind-expanding theatrical experience determined to change the course of history.