Arts / what’s on this weekend

HELEN MUSA’s weekly arts column features opening concerts and shows in Canberra

Dark Emu dancers

IN “Dark Emu”, Bangarra Dance Theatre looks between the stars to take up issues of Aboriginal culture and history as seen in Bruce Pascoe’s seminal book of the same name. At Canberra Theatre, July 26-28. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

“THE Judas Kiss” by David Hare is Mockingbird Theatre’s premiere Canberra production, which will look at the turning point in the doomed life of playwright Oscar Wilde. At Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, 7.30pm, July 27 to August 5. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

Joyce Yang

GRAMMY-nominated pianist Joyce Yang will be in town with Musica Viva performing Rachmaninov, Janáček and Liszt and a world premiere composition by young Sydney composer Elizabeth Younan. At Llewellyn Hall, 7pm, Thursday, July 26. Bookings to

MUSE Café will have authors Robyn Cadwallader and Eleanor Limprecht in conversation with Angharad Lodwick about the chances and choices people take in life and what they can learn from historical fiction. East Hotel, Kingston, 3pm-4pm, Sunday, July 29. Bookings to

Bollywood dancers

KRISHA Jilson’s dancers from Canberra School of Bollywood Dancing are staging their “joyfully uplifting” 12th anniversary concert, with over 30 routines with 30 different Bollywood costumes and a cast of more than 60 dancers. “One Night in Bollywood”, Erindale Theatre, 6.15pm, Saturday, July 28. Bookings to

AFTER returning from a 15 city tour of Europe and Asia, teaching, directing, and performing spontaneous drama, Nick Byrne will direct Impro ACT’s improvised drama, “Unconditional”. A cast of Impro ACT’s best dramatic improvisers will have their on-stage characters confronted with, well, who knows? At The Street Theatre, 7.30pm, July 26, 27 and 28. Bookings to or 6247 1223.

Padma Menon in ‘Writing with Light’. Photo by Barbie Robinson.

JUST back from India, Padma Menon is holding introductory workshops for her program, “Durga: The Warrior Goddess”. The workshop will introduce the basic physicality associated with Durga as described in the famous work of the ground breaking eighth century philosopher, Adi Sankara. Currie Crescent Community Centre, 6pm-7pm, July 31, and 10-11am, August 4. Bookings essential to

MANNING Clark House Poetry will present “The Art of Japanese Short Poetry”, Kathy Kituai and her Limestone Tanka Poets, Carmel Summers, Michelle Brock, Kate Catherine McGrath, Glenys Ferguson and Hazel Hall reading Tanka and other Japanese-related genres. Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circuit Forrest, 7pm, Thursday, July 26. Tickets at the door.

In ‘Cosi Fan Tutte,’ Fiordiligi (Keren Dalzell), left, and Dorabella (Clare Hedley) at their diner with Despina (Katrina Wiseman). Photo by ES Fotographi

MOZART’S ravishing opera “Cosi Fan Tutte”, will take a leap into women’s rights, self-help and social media as Canberra Operas performs it in English, Belconnen Community Theatre, July 27 to August 5. Bookings to

ACTING For the Fun of It, Canberra’s longest running acting courses for adults, is presenting a course in text analysis, characterisation and performance. At the Hedley Beare Centre for teaching and learning, 51 Fremantle drive, Stirling, 7pm-9pm, August 2, 7, 9, 14, 21 and 23. Booking essential to or 0408 034373.


“K-WIND Soul Beat” is a Korean heritage show, performed by Kim Juhong’s Ensemble Noreum Machi, (traditional Korean music), with Gorilla Crew (B-Boying and hip-hop to popping dance) and Mira Dance Company (traditional Korean dance). Canberra Theatre, 6.30pm, July 26. Free but registrations essential to

“MYSTERY and Magic at Twilight” offers a chance to hear some of the ACT’s most talented young musicians, playing Beethoven’s “Ghost Trio”, Schumann’s “Fairy Tales” for clarinet, viola and piano, and Granados’ “Lover and the Nightingale”. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 5pm, Sunday, July 28. Bookings to

Carnahan sings as Sharks and former NSW Blues Captain Paul Gallen

COMEDIAN Denis Carnahan’s hilarious show, “Rugby League the Musical” is for people who follow footy and for non-specialists too. It’s coming to The Street Theatre this Sunday, July 29. Bookings to or 6247 1223.

MEZZO-soprano Bronwyn Riley and pianist Colin Forbes will be celebrating life and love with songs by Schumann, l’Estrange, Kosma, Trenet and Louiguy at Kangara Waters’ Cooinda Hall, 2 Joy Cummings Place, Belconnen, 2.15pm, Sunday, July 29. Tickets at the door.











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