Don’t miss the University’s Melbourne Festival events!

September 15 / 167


The Melbourne Festival and the University have collaborated on four exciting, not-to-be-missed free events in this year’s program.


Language, performance and power: Reflecting on 1984 in 2015 Panellists Denise Varney, Professor of Theatre Studies and co-director of the Australian Centre, and Robert Hassan, both from the School of Culture and Communication, will discuss the Festival’s Headlong production of Orwell’s 1984 and consider the legacy of the novel and its relevance today.


After tragedy, listening: a roundtable response to Toni Morrison’s Desdemona This roundtable discussion explores the nature of tragedy and its aftermath, and asks what creative and social responses and actions might be required of us. Chaired by Paul Rae, Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne, and featuring: Professor Marcia Langton, Foundation Chair in Australian Indigenous Studies; Mary Luckhurst, Professor of Artistic Research and Creative Practice at the VCA&MCM; celebrated artist/curator Genevieve Grieves; Peter Sellars, theatre director and Professor, World Arts and Cultures at UCLA; and audio artist Madeleine Flynn. 


It’s alive! Putting books on stage The prevalence of adaptations in this year’s Festival asks us to consider the great appeal of bringing much-loved works to life, but also raises complex questions about adaptation as a creative process and the challenges it presents. This half-day event, chaired by Paul Rae from English and Theatre Studies, features theatre critic Andrew Fuhrmann, as well as scholars from the School of Culture and Communication, including Sarah Balkin and Joe Hughes from English and Theatre Studies, Eddie Paterson from Creative Writing and Gillian Russell, who is the Gerry Higgins Chair in Irish Studies.


Directors Lab: Melbourne Developed and facilitated by Theatre Works, the inaugural Directors Lab: Melbourne will involve professional directors in an intensive creative laboratory, based on the Lincoln Center (NY) Theater’s Directors Lab, which has been nurturing theatre directors since 1995. While Directors Lab: Melbourne is available exclusively to industry professionals, audiences will be able to join Anne Cattaneo, creator of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and Vallejo Gantner, Artistic Director of New York’s PS122, as they discuss the arts landscape in New York in the Artists in Conversation program.


For more information, see the Melbourne Festival website.

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