RISING Orbits the Arts Precinct
OIL PRESSURE VIBRATOR — FRI 16 — SAT 17 JUNE
An intrepid performance-lecture that plunges a big bucket cylinder into preconceptions about sexuality, technology and the body, then digs past them, towards a place of earth-moving self-pleasure.
GODDESS : UP LATE — THU 8 JUN — SAT 17 JUN
From Mae West’s swagger to Zhang Ziyi’s fly kick—embrace the mavericks and agitators who’ve lit up over 120 years of cinema, and shaped then reshaped the feminine ideal.
ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE
TANZ — THU 8 — SAT 10 JUNE
The Tarantino of dance, Florentina Holzinger’s abject two-act romp plunges meat hooks through the idea of self-optimisation in the name of art and beauty.
IDENTITY — FRI 16 — SAT 24 JUNE
Daniel Riley’s THE HUM evokes the search for cultural permanence and shared ceremonial space, while Alice Topp’s Paragon celebrates The Australian Ballet’s vibrancy, spanning generations.
BUŊGUL — WED 14 — THU 15 JUNE
The Inspiration behind Dr Gurrumul Yunupiŋu’s seminal album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow), brought to the stage in a hypnotic live performance by Yolgnu dancers and songmen with the MSO.
JACKY — MON 22 MAY — SAT 24 JUNE
A sharp-witted play from a fresh Aboriginal voice that deals with the cost of balancing family, work and culture in today’s Australia.
ROBYN ARCHER : AN AUSTRALIAN SONGBOOK — MON 12 — TUE 13 JUNE
Cabaret legend Robyn Archer has a ball distilling her wealth of music knowledge into a personal, political and provocative celebration of Australian music.
ELECTRIC : MOOKIES AROUND THE WATERHOLE — WED 7 JUNE — SUN 10 JULY
Hamer Hall’s iconic façade plays host to Ancestor spirits and celestial worlds in a large-scale projection work from Aunty Zeta Thomson (Wurundjeri/Yorta Yorta).
TRACKER — WED 7 — SUN 18 JUNE
The legendary story of director-choreographer Daniel Riley’s great-great-uncle. Brought into the now with dance, ceremony and oration.
THE DAN DAW SHOW — THU 15 — SUN 18 JUNE
Candid, kinky and captivating performance that deals with the shiny, sweaty push-and-pull of living with shame while bursting with pride.
UNDER MAINTENANCE — WED 7 – SUN 18 JUNE
Remote-controlled machines made from the spare parts of mannequins and medical dummies explore the boundaries of intimacy, technology and control.
Shadow Spirit — 07 JUNE — 30 JULY
A new First Peoples exhibition in Flinders Street Station’s abandoned rooms. Be immersed in Ancestral systems of knowledge. Traverse time and celestial worlds. Reflect on the shadows of Australia’s history.
OH DEER! — THU 15 —SAT 17 JUNE
A playful performance work that burrows into pop culture’s most beloved stories and pulls the stuffing out of the orphan trope.
EUPHORIA — FRI 2—SUN 18 JUNE
A surround-sound world hooked to the pulse of jazz, the conscience of a children’s choir and big ideas that test capitalism’s mantra of endless, euphoric consumption.
SPARK — WED 7 — SUN 10 JUNE
Thousands of luminous, biodegradable lights catch the wind and dance in the night sky.
TIN & ED'S MULTITUDES — MON 5 JUNE — WED 5 JULY
The reimagined deep-sea creatures have taken up residence in Fed Square. See the new lair in the atrium.
10,000 Kazoos — SAT 10 JUNE
It’s 10,000 people, playing 10,000 kazoos and everyone’s invited. Simple. Powerful. Kazoo-tiful.
MASTERCLASS — THU 15 — SAT 17 JUNE
Shotgun sights are set on the modern cult of male genius in this sharp comedy from internationally renowned Brokentalkers and acclaimed New York artist, Adrienne Truscott. Hold on to your moustache.
MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE
PAUL KELLY — TUE 6 — WED 7 JUNE
The songwriting legend cracks a fresh one after a long day and takes us on a journey—one vivid vignette at a time.
HEAR MY EYES : GOOD TIME — FRI 9 JUNE
The Safdie Brothers’ white-knuckled heist movie re-scored live by preeminent Melbourne rhythm and rap experimentalists.
SONIC ECLIPSE — THU 15 JUNE
An immersive sonic event featuring new works by art music luminaries—a mass of mobilised musicians, spatialised sonic choreography and a reframing of the marching band phenomenon.
Ancestral Memory by Maree Clarke and Mitch Mahoney, RISING 2021. PHOTO: Eugene Hyland