Tag: Arts Centre Melbourne

Digital launch of ‘Alter State’ festival from 9-13 November 2021


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 12 OCTOBER 2021 – The Arts Centre Melbourne and Arts Access Victoria are having the digital launch of Alter State, a free online program from 9 – 13 November 2021.
Alter State is a major arts and disability festival engaging artists and audiences from Australia and Aotearoa (NZ). The inaugural festival will be held in late 2022 and will be a significant moment for contemporary arts in our region.

The digital launch will introduce Alter State and seed something unique for arts and disability. It will invite audiences to gather, be curious and connect with deaf and disabled artists across a range of free, online events.

An opening event and Welcome to Country will take audiences on a virtual journey across Australia and Aotearoa. Foundation Artists’ Carly Findlay OAM, Joshua Pether & Rodney Bell reflect on their intent, vision and hopes for Alter State.

Audiences will experience new digital commissions curated by First Nations curators. The works explore ritual, time and space. Created by independent contemporary artists Daisy Sanders, Patrick William Carter and Rodney Bell.

Arts Access Victoria will host panel discussions and workshops by artists featured in their commissioned program The Museum of Us. The panel and workshop series will unearth new visions of what it is to live and be creative in Victoria.

Arts Access Australia will bring together Deaf and Disabled artists to discuss the Australian Code of Conduct for Access in the Arts. This Code of Conduct is being developed to increase agency of Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent people and to tackle ableism.

As part of the launch of Alter State, and in line with Arts Centre Melbourne’s commitment to support new work, two new projects are in development.

Theatre companies Polyglot (Aust) and Oily Cart (UK) will embark on the creative development of sensory, inclusive theatre work for and with disabled children and young people (working title Parked). Artistic Directors Sue Giles and Ellie Griffiths, will share their creative process in a forum as part of the Launch. Parked is supported by the UK/Australia Season Patrons Board, the British Council and the Australian Government as part of the UK/Australia Season.

Arts Centre Melbourne with the Metro Tunnel Creative Program will support Women’s Circus to create a powerful public realm work featuring an ensemble of Deaf, Disabled and non-disabled circus artists. This work will premiere in 2022.

Arts Access Victoria CEO, Caroline Bowditch says, “Alter State is true acknowledgment of the immense value that Deaf and Disabled artists bring, or have the potential to bring to our cultural landscape. We are all committed to cultural equity and transformational systemic change. We want to shift perceptions and expectations that are regularly placed on the work of Deaf and Disabled artists, and accelerate the rate of culture change. This is a pivotal moment for Arts Access Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne, Victoria and internationally,” said Caroline Bowditch.

The ‘The Manganiyar Seduction’ on March 6-7 @ State Theatre


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 5 March: The ‘Manganiyar Seduction’ is a visually and musically stunning masterpiece, where 40 musicians from three generations of Manganiyars perform in a 36-windowed ‘jewel box’, with the songs slowly building to giddying heights. It will be held on Tuesday 6 March and Wednesday 7 March at 8 PM at the State Theatre, Melbourne.

The artists (Manganiyars from Rajasthan) met the media and important community members at the Arts Centre giving a short performance today. It is a celebration of music from this community of musicians from Rajasthan’s Thar desert. With colourful Tribal outfits they performed with traditional musical instruments mesmerising those present.


The Manganiyar Seduction was first created to open the Delhi Film Festival in 2006. Its rousing success, incredible originality and intense musicality has seen it tour the globe ever since. The project allowed Director Roysten Abel to collaborate with the Manganiyar musicians for the first time, with the concept a dazzling union between the Manganiyar’s music and the visual seduction of Amsterdam’s red light district. The set is a combination of the Hawa Mahal Palace in Jaipur and the red light district, and is often compared to a jewel box.


This dramatic and astounding performance is not to be missed as these extraordinary Manganiyar musicians transport audiences to another world.

Check Arts Centre Melbourne site – www.artscentremelbourne.com.au for tickets and all other information.

- PHOTOS: South Asia Times (SAT)/NN Copyright.(No download or copying without permission).