Catherine Martin’s Monads; Strictly Ballroom and The Fold

June 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

The curtains, traditionally theatre black, are infused with sparkles. The dresses drip with sequins. The hair, the makeup, the props, the costumes, indeed everything – from the foyer of Her Majesty’s Theatre to the golden tassels of the leading male’s matador bolero to the gargantuan mirror ball suspended above the audience – shimmers in a fine mist of endlessly turning and twisting twinkles of light. Whether or not you agree that it is high art, or even whether or not it is any good, there is no denying that Strictly Ballroom is a spectacle. However, the musical is more than a mere money-maker; Catherin Martin’s dramaturgical design – the unification of the show’s Being through glitter – transcends camp (a quality I will later show it fails to achieve) and entertainment (an inherently debatably notion that is superfluous to this discussion) to instead provide audiences, intentionally or not, with the opportunity to meditate on the nature of ontology, by means of Deleuze’s concept of the fold. « Read the rest of this entry »

We Need to Change the Way We Talk About ‘Arts Funding’

June 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

A recent change to arts funding has sparked debate and furore within the community. To briefly recap, Arts Minister (and Attorney-General) George Brandis is moving $104.8 million in funds from the Australia Council to his own Programme for Excellence in the Arts. Let’s unpack. « Read the rest of this entry »

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