Arts in the city: More than a touch of local love

THERE’LL be more than a touch of local romance when newlyweds, soprano Lisa Cannizzaro and baritone Jeremy Tatchell, star in Co-Opera’s new production of “Die Fledermaus” at Albert Hall.

Lisa Cannizzaro and Jeremy Tatchell... touch of local romance.
Lisa Cannizzaro and Jeremy Tatchell… touch of local romance.

I first saw Tatchell, the son of two leading Canberra musicians when, aged 12, he played the Artful Dodger in a Canberra Grammar production of “Oliver!”

The couple met during Co-Opera’s “Kiss me Kate” and, at their wedding, the tables were named after productions in which they had starred together.

This “Fledermaus” is set in 1920s Australia, so where other than Albert Hall, where it will be seen at 7.30pm, Tuesday, March 26? Bookings to dramatix.com.au or 0402 120478.

CANBERRA’S chief arts lobby, the Childers Group, has emailed us about its 2013/2014 ACT Budget submission, which asks the question: what happens when the Centenary celebrations are over? What indeed?

CANBERRAN James Batchelor is already famous for working in contemporary dance and experimental film. A graduate of Canberra’s Quantum Leap and the Victorian College of the Arts, he has a new work, “Inwonderland” at the Canberra Theatre Centre soon. It’s billed as “a vibrant series of dreamlike scenarios in which reality gives way to delusional fantasy [that] will leave you amused, confused and a little bit loopy.” At the Courtyard Studio, April 3-6. Entry free, but bookings advisable to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

THE Griffyn Ensemble is venturing into “uncharted musical waters” with its first international exchange program, the “Water into Swine Festival,” starting on March 28. The high point is a dinner-show on April 5 at Belconnen Arts Centre exploring “water” and featuring Griffyn and the Swedish ensemble, The Peärls Before Swïne Experience. Preceding that are concerts called “Last Supper”, “Easter Vigil”, “Feast With Pigs” and “April’s Fool”. There’s a bargain gold pass for just $100, details and bookings to griffyn.iwannaticket.com.au

THAT artistic dynamo David Sequeira, director of “Imaging Canberra”, tells us he’s had to close his Everything Nothing Projects gallery in the old Center Cinema building after the lease expired, but says: “I will be opening a new space soon and look forward to welcoming you.”

IMPRO ACT has a showcase festival of Canberra-devised one-act impro shows coming up at Casino Canberra from April 5-7. Bookings to 1300 851 055 or impro.com.au

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