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Jack Charles V The Crown: 10 Years Later

Jack Charles V The Crown 10 Years Later

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, a decade after its original premiere.

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Bringing Coppelia to life

Bringing Coppélia to Life

A long term favourite with ballet audiences, the 19th century classic Coppélia takes centre stage again as part of The Australian Ballet’s 2020 digital season.

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Travelling with Nick Cave's Portfolio

Asia TOPA Connected

Creative Director Stephen Armstrong reflects on the recent festival and what the future holds for the triennial.

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How do you collect the performing arts?

A Day in the Life of a Conservator: Dame Nellie Melba’s Bonnet

What does a Conservator do? Meet Carmela Lonetti, Object Conservator of the Australian Performing Arts Collection as she shares what’s involved with preparing for display a bonnet worn in 1924 by Dame Nellie Melba.

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Kimono

Kimono

We pay tribute to the kimono and some of the ways this traditional Japanese garment has been represented across different performing arts' forms, including opera, ballet, theatre and music.

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Who’s Afraid of New Australian Theatre?

Who’s Afraid of New Australian Theatre?

Learn how Arts Centre Melbourne’s provocative theatre commission Anthem made it from page to stage, and hear directly from the five creatives behind the work.

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Laurel Frank has been designing and making costumes for Circus Oz since it was founded in 1978.

The Australian Performing Arts Collection goes on tour, and sometimes it needs a chaperone.

Australia has a rich performing arts culture but how do you capture this in a museum collection?

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?

Those Who Rock, saw Hamer Hall erupt with rock music and spark a true community spirit.

As the 2020 AFL season resumes, we tackle one of choreographer Graeme Murphy’s most beloved works, Beyond Twelve.

Laurel Frank has been designing and making costumes for Circus Oz since it was founded in 1978.

Jenna Blyth, Registrar, Music and Art reflects on her favourite item from the Australian Performing Arts Collection.

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.

Australia has a rich performing arts culture but how do you capture this in a museum collection?

How do you tour an exhibition that includes precious costumes and objects?

Watch archival footage of some of the remarkable performances behind three incredible costumes worn by Dame Joan Sutherland over her 40-year career.

Dame Nellie Melba was Australia's first international star. Yet despite her fame and glamour...

To celebrate National Volunteers Week we’ve spoken with two of our wonderful volunteers to get their insights on working with the Australian Performing Arts Collection.

Arts Centre Melbourne venues have inspired many artists, both professional and budding.

Despite the illusions of glamour and excitement, working in the arts can be a rocky road.

“Three women, two guitars, one spirit.” This is the phrase that truly encapsulates Tiddas’ stories, songs and sound.

What does it take to be a mum in the music industry?

Buy your special someone something thoughtful on Mother’s Day while supporting local artists.

We are digging deep into the glorious depths of The Australian Ballet Collection to bring you design highlights from their acclaimed productions.

Act Drop, State Theatre Curtain is quite possibly the hardest working object we have.

3D scanning for costumes is proving to be a fascinating endeavour, with intriguing potential.

Tash Sultana is an artist who has always done things their own way.

Music and sport in Australia have shared a dynamic relationship for many years.

Jane Gazzo speaks to Ken Connor about the secret to RocKwiz’s ongoing popularity...

When the music world lost David McComb in February 1999, Triffids fans felt they’d lost their torch-bearer.

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.

Jeff Jenkins explores why these iconic guitars have been at the core of Aussie music for over 70 years.

"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"

Jeff Jenkins looks at the uniquely Melbourne protest movement that continues to shape the city’s live music culture.

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