2018 Melbourne International Arts Festival

When

October 3 – 21, 2018

Where

Melbourne, VIC

Programme

Available now

Tickets

Now on sale

Bookings

03 9662 4242

REVIEW: A QUIET EVENING OF DANCE (MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL)

★★★★½ An exhilarating series of short works that put ballet in a new light.

REVIEW: ONE INFINITY (MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL)

★★★★☆ A kinetic and sonic meditation from Chinese and Australian collaborators.

REVIEW: LAYLA AND MAJNUN (MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP & SILKROAD ENSEMBLE)

★★★★☆ A sumptuous fusion of genres, cultures and art forms.

REVIEW: WATT (MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL)

★★★★☆ Leading Beckett performer Barry McGovern charms with a masterful, beguiling performance.

REVIEW: FLIGHT (VOX MOTUS, MELBOURNE FESTIVAL)

★★★☆☆ Mininature dioramas make this a fascinating visual experience.

Feature: JONATHAN HOLLOWAY: HIGH ON MELBOURNE FESTIVAL

As the Festival AD finds himself falling in love again, ticket sales are on track to break previous records.

REVIEW: BUDDHA PASSION (MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, MELBOURNE FESTIVAL)

★★★★☆ Tan Dun’s vivid and approachable epic receives a passionate Australian premiere.

REVIEW: LAGRIME DI SAN PIETRO (LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL)

★★★★½ Physical choreography adds another emotional layer to this exquisite Renaissance choral masterwork.

Feature: LAYLA AND MAJNUN: A CLASSIC EASTERN TALE OF DOOMED LOVERS

Silkroad Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group perform Azerbaijani dance-opera at the Melbourne Festival.

Feature: TAN DUN: MY RELIGION IS MUSIC

The Chinese composer talks about Bach and the Buddha ahead of the Australian premiere of his new large-scale choral work, Buddha Passion.

FEATURE: THE TEARS OF SAINT PETER

Orlando di Lasso’s final work, written days before the composer’s death, captures the look Jesus gave Saint Peter at his betrayal. Director Peter Sellars and conductor Jenny Wong tell us about a bold staging for the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

NEWS: MELBOURNE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AZERBAIJANI DANCE-OPERA

A work by choreographer Mark Morris and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble will have its Australian premiere in Melbourne.

NEWS: MELBOURNE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS 2018 PROGRAM

Jonathan Holloway’s line-up includes 16th-century polyphony, virtual reality crossed with live performance, a dance-opera, and toy plastic pianos.

Previous Years

REVIEW: 7 PLEASURES (MELBOURNE FESTIVAL)

★★★½☆ A thought-provoking exploration of the politics of pleasure.

REVIEW: TREE OF CODES (MELBOURNE FESTIVAL)

★★★½☆ Fabulous dancing and stunning staging and yet…

REVIEW: GLORIES OF THE FRENCH BAROQUE (MELBOURNE FESTIVAL)

★★★★½ American soprano Brenda Rae stuns in her Australian debut.

REVIEW: TAYLOR MAC: THE INAUGURATION (POMEGRANATE ARTS, MELBOURNE FESTIVAL)

★★★★☆ Taylor Mac offers a brief but powerful taste of a larger epic.

News: MELBOURNE FESTIVAL 2017 PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED

Jonathan Holloway looks to “the bigger picture” with Taylor Mac, Under Siege and a Requiem for Cambodia on the bill.

News: DANCE EVENT TREE OF CODES BOUND FOR MELBOURNE FESTIVAL

Jonathan Holloway has announced his first festival highlight: a “miraculous” collision of ballet, visual art and electro-pop.

REVIEW: LADY EATS APPLE (BACK TO BACK THEATRE, MELBOURNE FESTIVAL)

★★½☆☆ The staging is ingenious but the play itself is disappointingly slight.

REVIEW: THE DARK CHORUS (LUCY GUERIN INC, MELBOURNE FESTIVAL)

★★★½☆ Guerin creates an intriguing world of shadows and light with a sinister beauty.

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