MLIVE 2019 will see the long-awaited realisation of a dream many years in the making with the opening of The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts
With the reopening of the Alexander Theatre in 2018, performers and audiences have had an opportunity to experience the best sound and staging technologies available, in the hands of wonderful performers and companies across a range of genres in shows appealing to all tastes and age groups. Now, with the addition of the Sound Gallery, a 130- seat space combining intimacy with sonic perfection, and the Jazz Club, a space for many types of performance in
an informal bar/restaurant setting, we have completed our vision of a 21st century performance environment. This continues a tradition of commitment to the performing arts at the service of our many diverse communities dating back to the opening of the original Alexander Theatre in 1968.
The 2019 season will make use of all of these spaces, with work by local, national and international companies spanning music, dance, theatre and multi-media creations. To mark the opening of the Centre, what better way than to celebrate the idea of Progress, a word with deep resonance in the history of Monash University. In a festival of ideas, music, new media, comedy and theatre we will invite you to join our discussion around Progress and what its meaning might be in today’s rapidly-changing world.
Continuing our commitment to contemporary dance, we will welcome back Queensland’s ground breaking Dancenorth with their latest work Dust, while Norway’s Panta Rei will present two beautiful, moving works in an Australian exclusive. The award-winning theatre-makers Slingsby will be back with The Young King, while yet another new Australian musical will make its debut with
My Brilliant Career, developed at Monash through the Jeanne Pratt Musical Theatre Artists in Residence program. The Sound Gallery will serve as the new venue for Wood, Metal and Vibrating Air, our popular series of wide-ranging piano recitals, now in its fourth year.
Of course, Robert Blackwood Hall, with its renowned acoustics for orchestral and choral music will see the return of the ever-popular Monash Academy Orchestra, and we are always proud to welcome back the great Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in its Monash Series of spectacular concerts.
There will be so much to enjoy, whether it is the Centre itself as a place to wine and dine, or to experience the many performances throughout the year in all of our venues.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Professor Paul Grabowsky
Executive Director, Monash Academy of Performing Arts