From mice to dinosaurs, contortion to illusion, Arts Centre Melbourne has a packed bill of culture and entertainment lighting the way into 2014

Gird your diary: the Arts Centre Melbourne has programmed a packed bill of events of the tell-your-grandchildren-about quality.

Diavolo Dance Theatre: Architecture in Motion


State Theatre, Feb 5-9

Made up of two sequences, Architecture in Motion opens with a section combining a 21st century galleon, dance, stunts, and clever engineering and closes with a sequence intertwining skateboarding and dance. The fearless, thrill-seeking company aims to expand the conventions that typically surround dance and deliver their audience a unique, cinematic experience of powerful images and abstract narratives.

Angelina Ballerina: The Mousical


State Theatre, Jan 15-19

Maybe you were one of those. One of the tutu brigade. Wrapped in tulle, toes turned out, endlessly thumping down the hallway in a string of jetés. While kids’ cartoons offered Care Bears and Rainbow Brite, five-year-old you was captivated by ethereal creatures in ballet videos. And maybe a pretty costume or two.

Dinosaur Zoo


Arts Centre, Jan 7-19

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo encourages kids to get up close and personal with its prehistoric cast. The big dinosaur puppets will teach the kids about all the creatures that once roamed the world in an interactive show. Children will be delighted as they feed the meat-eating Tyrannosaur and play with the cute baby Leaellynasauras.

Forklift


Arts Centre, Feb 12-16

Set during a graveyard shift in an industrial wasteland, Forklift explores the complex relationship between humanity and machinery. The performance features a range of choreography, including contortion, contemporary and aerial acrobatics, as well as an extensive set design featuring a forklift operated by the dancers.

Diamonds Are for Trevor


Playhouse, Jan 28-Feb 1

Cabaret wag Trevor Ashley takes on the legend of Dame Shirley Bassey. In the two-act production, Ashley dramatises the story of the Welsh-born diva who left her poverty-stricken background behind to become one of the world’s most celebrated concert artists, so expect glorious renditions of 'Spender', 'Goldfinger', and of course 'Diamonds Are Forever'.

Ludovico Einaudi: In a Time Lapse


Hamer Hall, Feb 13

Showcasing his latest album, In a Time Lapse, the chart-topping composer will be making his Melbourne debut in February next year. The man behind the music for Oscar-winning film Black Swan will engage his audience through piano-led ballads and euphoric film scores.

 

Play Me, I'm Yours


Around Melbourne, Jan 9-27

If music be the glue of society, play on. So says Luke Jerram, creator of internationally touring artwork 'Play Me, I'm Yours'. More than 20 'street pianos' will pop up around Arts Centre Melbourne and the CBD surrounds to encourage people to play, interact and explore their creativity, knocking down conventions of ownership and public space.

All That Glitters


Arts Centre, Nov 16-Feb 23

People talk about the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection, locked in a vault deep in the bowels of the building, in hushed terms. With over 520,000 items, you’d expect to have to execute a Mission Impossible-style roll from the ceiling to view it.

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