Season promises ‘the best’

CANBERRA Theatre Centre will be launching their season for 2012 tonight claiming it will be a “collection of the best national and international performing arts touring Australia next year”.

The season, entitled “Collected Works”, will include 13 productions from companies including Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company, Opera Australia’s Oz Opera and Big hART.

Canberra Theatre Centre director Bruce Carmichael said the season will be bookended by two Belvoir productions.

“It starts out with Ray Lawler’s ‘Summer of the Seventeenth Doll’, directed by the previous artistic director of Belvoir Neil Armfield and starring Robin Nevin and Helen Thompson,” he said.

“And concludes with Noel Coward’s ‘Private Lives’ directed by the current artistic director of Belvoir Ralph Myers and starring Toby Schmitz.”

Mr Carmichael said every generation deserves to see a great production of the Australian classic “Summer of the Seventeenth Doll” and the Belvoir production is the definite “must-see” of the CTC season.

“There’s more Belvoir this year, Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of ‘Australia Day’,” he said.

“We’ve got the second of our three year plan with BighART ‘Ngapartji Ngapartji (one)’ following on from ‘Namatjira’.

“In 2013, there will be the third and hopefully not final collaboration with BighART. They are talking to us about making some work here after that.

“That’s the legacy that could happen from 2013, that we could get them back to make some interesting work. Honestly, that would thrill me more than anything to get them back.”

Sydney Dance Company dancer Richard Cilli, will perform tonight with fellow dancer Charmene Yap a small piece of “The Land of Yes and The Land of No” that will come to Canberra in June as part of the season.

“The piece has been reworked for many more dancers, it was originally for six and now it’s for 10,” Mr Cilli said.

“So everything beefed up, and looking really beautiful, a vibrant piece.

“The colour in it is really beautiful. The colour of the piece and the bodies – it’s quite inspiring.

“I really love performing here. the audiences are always so warm and they are always so well received.

“I love coming and performing in Canberra.”

 

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