Artists in Conversation

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13 – 25 Oct, 1pm

1 hour, no interval


Melbourne Festival’s legendary Artists in Conversation series returns to the Foxtel Festival Hub.

The Artists in Conversation lunchtime series gets you up close and personal with some of the Festival’s biggest names as they discuss the trials, rewards and craft of creating art on the world stage.

Bringing together directors, performers, writers, choreographers and visual artists, each session sees invited artists matched with a luminary in their field from ABC Radio National for an hour of incisive debate, passionate questioning and revealing conversation.

Free and open to all, these events let you get the inside story on the art you love – raw and unfiltered. There are many other talks and forums throughout the Festival. Look out for them on the relevant event pages.

18+ or accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian.

Hofesh Shechter (Hofesh Shechter Company)

Sun 13 Oct at 1pm

Choreographer extraordinaire Hofesh Shechter discusses his new work Sun and his own inimitable approach to dance.

Michael Keegan-Dolan (Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre)

Mon 14 Oct at 1pm

The Artistic Director of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre discusses his response to Stravinsky with The Rite of Spring / Petrushka.

Daniel Schlusser (Daniel Schlusser Ensemble) and Emma Valente (THE RABBLE)

Tue 15 Oct at 1pm

The directors of M+M and Room of Regret discuss independent theatre making in Melbourne.

Royce Ng (Somali Peace Band)

Wed 16 Oct at 1pm

Artist and human rights advocate Royce Ng discusses his work Somali Peace Band.

Alexander Devriendt and Anna Jakoba Ryckewaert (Ontroerend Goed)

Thu 17 Oct at 1pm

The 18-year-old writer/actor talks with the Artistic Director of Ontroerend Goed (All That Is Wrong and Teenage Riot) about theatre and the teenage experience.

Mohair Slim, Dennis Sindrey (The Caribs) and Bruce Hearn (The Strange Tenants)

Fri 18 Oct at 1pm

These veterans of our city's ska scene talk about the Melbourne–Jamaica ska connection.

Weigang Li (Shanghai Quartet) & Andrew Ford (composer)

Mon 21 Oct at 1pm

Violinist Weigang Li and composer Andrew Ford discuss Haydn’s love of the quartet with Amanda Smith.

Michael Kantor and Tom E. Lewis (The Shadow King)

Tue 22 Oct at 1pm

The co-creators of The Shadow King talk about the creation of their world premiere production.

Natalia Kaliada (Belarus Free Theatre)

Wed 23 Oct at 1pm

One of the founders of Belarus Free Theatre (Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker) talks about theatre, politics and home.

Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska (Nature Theater of Oklahoma)

Thu 24 Oct at 1pm

The co-directors of Life and Times: Episodes 1–4 discuss their ongoing theatrical marathon.

Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant (PUSH)

Fri 25 Oct at 1pm

Legendary ballerina Sylvie Guillem joins dancer/choreographer Russell Maliphant to discuss their work PUSH.


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13 – 25 Oct, 1pm

1 hour, no interval