Quirky, dark and curious art party at Nishi

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WHEN YOU get an invitation to “Canberra’s Arty Farty Christmas Party” you know things are winding down for the year in the arts scene.

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Alison Plevey, dancer and co-curator of a new performance art series in the city describes “Sound and Fury” [signifying nothing?] as a chance for colleagues and friends to celebrate Christmas with crazy, often touching performances in a party format.

“We’re transforming the Nishi Gallery into a performance space where people are encouraged to walk around, chat, interact with the performers or just watch with a glass of wine,” she says, putting in a plug for contemporary performance art, of which she believes Canberra hasn’t seen enough.

It’s the first Sound and Fury event presented outside of NewActon’s ‘Art, Not Apart Festival’.

Drinks will be served by Monster kitchen and bar at a pop-up in the Nishi Gallery and hot off the back of her newest butoh work, “Evangeline”, Chenoeh Miller will stage range of live art works by the Sound and Fury ensemble, “a smattering of eight dancers, musicians, actors and a poet curated around the loose theme of Christmas” as the artists intersect between art forms, “engaging with the abstract and the literal, the straight and narrow and the far left-of-field”.

NewActon’s cultural program presents a “quirky, dark and curious” live art party intertwining dance, spoken word, burlesque, electronic and instrumental music, including an experimental music ensemble from the CSO.

Arty Farty Christmas Party” created by Chenoeh Miller and Alison Plevey, at Nishi Gallery, NewActon, 8pm, Thursday, December 10, 18yrs+ event. Cash Bar. Bookings to facebook.com

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