“When we closed our doors we recognised the need to continue to bring the wonder and joy of performances and arts experiences to audiences. We hope that this program of archival recordings and digital experiences will uplift and connect our communities,” says Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Claire Spencer AM.
Together with You
Things have changed at Arts Centre Melbourne, the doors may be temporarily closed but there is still lots of performing arts magic to be enjoyed, thanks to their Together with You content collection. It features never-before-seen items from the Australian Performing Arts Collection and Australian Music Vault, virtual workshops, new commissions and documentaries, alongside some unforgettable performances.
The Australian Music Vault’s Long Play Series features hour-long, online video interviews that delve further into the stories behind some of Australia’s favourite artists and industry heavyweights, including Archie Roach AM, Judith Durham AO and Michael Gudinski AM.
Celebrating Dame Joan Sutherland
The Australian Performing Arts Collection (APAC) has unveiled an exciting digital showcase titled Grand, which celebrates Dame Joan Sutherland and the iconic garments that decorated her incredible career. Grand is a dynamic and interactive online exhibition from the Australian Performing Arts Collection – using 3D models and macro photography to create rich digital content. Explore Dame Joan Sutherland’s iconic costume details in close-up, unearth historical facts and view rare footage from past performances here.
See video below for the song Ghost Lights, written, performed and recorded by Arts Centre Melbourne’s talented Technical, Training and Development Manager, Murray Johnstone.
This beautiful song tells the story of a long standing tradition to leave a single light bulb known as a ‘Ghost Light’ shining on stages in darkened theatres. Many theatres across the country and world came together to share pictures of their Ghost Lights for this song.
It is also widely understood by all who work in theatre that ghost lights also serve as a symbol and solidarity, a gentle reminder for everyone with a special connection to these magical places that although the stage may be left dark for any moment in time, the bright lights of the shows will certainly shine again.
Unless captioned otherwise, photos by Mark Gambino.
Credit: Hot pants worn by Kylie Minogue in video clip for 'Spinning Around'. Gift of Kylie Minogue, Cultural Gifts Program, 2004. Australian Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne.
Credit: Arts Centre Melbourne Spire Illuminated Yellow. Photo by Mark Gambino.
Credit: Dame Joan Sutherland performs Lakme, Opera Australia. Photograph by William Moseley Courtesy of Opera Australia Archives.