Sit back and delve into Arts Centre Melbourne stories with artist interviews, behind-the-scenes articles, iconic moments and more.
The most flamboyant and fabulous performances of them all are drag! These fantastic photographs from Pokeys drag show at the Prince of Wales Hotel in St Kilda have been acquired thanks to the David Richards Gift.
Ahead of its installation on the Hamer Hall Terrace in December, we talk about the large-scale sculpture of iconic chimpanzee David Greybeard and the questions it raises about questions around humanity’s relationship with nature and our closest living animal relative.
On 29 October 1984, our Theatres building opened to the public with a celebration to wake Sleeping Beauty – complete with a late night party on the State Theatre Stage! We look back on the night that was, and share anecdotes from guests who were there on the night.
For The Australian Ballet’s 1988 production of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie we reveal how designer Hugh Colman brought some of Australia’s most cherished book characters to the stage.
We take a look at a number of prized possessions acquired by the Australian Performing Arts Collection representing the contributions and achievements of one of Australia’s most important artists, Olivia Newton-John.
Moira Finucane's new work I Miss You Antarctica was developed as part of the Take Over! 2020 program, where independent artists undertook digital residencies from home during lockdown in the lead up to their presentation at Melbourne Fringe.
In a world where arts makers and lovers are experiencing a global pandemic, both the application and presentation outcomes of Take Over! have been reimagined for the digital space.
While our shopping malls are missing their usual bustling crowds, Melbourne’s laneways remain hidden and retailers’ physical doors are closed – the virtual world of shopping and online entertainment are buzzing.
In rapid response to the challenges of COVID-19, the Australian Music Vault has created a series of video stories and interviews that capture, in real time, the impact of the pandemic on our Australian music community.
The last six months have been especially tough for the performing arts community, and the impact of COVID-19 has drastically affected the mental health of thousands of Australia’s creatives.
You never forget your first time at the theatre. Whether it’s the physical feats of the performers, the whisper of anticipation as the lights go down, or the perfect detail on a costume – these memories are the beginnings for many of a life-long love-affair with the stage.
Under the guidance of strict safety and physical distancing protocols, a team of builders, engineers and staging professionals has been hard at work to replace our State Theatre flying system.
The Australian Ballet’s production of The Merry Widow has all the elements of a Hollywood film, including a cast of glamorous characters led by the widow herself, Hanna Glawari.
In 1960, Dame Joan Sutherland was crowned ‘La Stupenda’ – the stupendous one – after a remarkable performance in the title role of Alcina at Teatro La Fenice, in Venice.
Companies like Rawcus, and others, are responding to the COVID-19 restrictions by pursuing new possibilities for performance, connection and artistic development.
With parents and caregivers having to become part-time teachers, and educators supporting students remotely – we’re all having to work in new ways.
Dame Edna Everage has long been an Australian fashion and comedy icon. Along the way, the work of British photographer John Timbers has been central to Dame Edna’s public image.
To celebrate the online season of this work, Uncle Jack Charles (writer and performer) and Rachael Maza (Director) reflect on what it was like creating this award-winning production.
Dame Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger were two of the most famous Australians of their time. Both achieved success on the world stage and became household names in the country of their birth.
Did you know that on the site of Arts Centre Melbourne, there were once circuses, a roller skating rink, a dance hall, and even a water slide?
As the 2020 AFL season resumes, we tackle one of choreographer Graeme Murphy’s most beloved works, Beyond Twelve.
Showcasing the creative vision of designer Jennifer Irwin, whose journey with The Australian Ballet has generated some of the company’s most innovative moments in costume design.
Vika and Linda Bull reflect on their illustrious 30 year career and speak candidly to Jane Gazzo about first gigs, their Tongan ancestry and the Australian music industry.
"Indigenous Australian hip hop is a powerful musical force to be reckoned with, and enjoyed for its contribution to complex social, cultural and political messages in contemporary Australian conversations"