April 2016

Review: The Little Prince

Upon arriving at the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, I stood wide-eyed in the foyer, throwing nervous glances at the large, lifeless figurines staring down from above me. I took my seat at the back of the room and tried to shake my childhood fear of inanimate humanoids. Catherina Pagani reviews.

It’s About ‘Story’

Blizzard is slightly reducing the sexual-objectification of its female characters, even if their official reasons for doing so are weak. The benefit being that the euphemism of characterisation is easier for some to digest. Same end, different method, easier execution. Words by Kacper Szodza.

Review: Pindorama

"The show is one of the strangest dance pieces I have ever seen, but one I haven’t stopped talking about since. It’s intriguing, uncomfortable and certainly different from traditional notions of dance." Melissa Scott reviews PIAF performance Pindorama, directed and choreographed by Brazilian dancer Lia Rodrigues.

A Lurch to the Right? The Polish Question

Poland's late political changes exhibit an uneasy mix of traditional authoritarianism and western capitalism, "typical of former Eastern bloc nations still struggling to come to terms with their past." Bradley Griffin and Leah Roberts write on the troubling consequences of this turmoil, and the rise of right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS) under Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

A Model Citizen…When Convenient

'The UN is not irrelevant to history, as a lasting if imperfect monument to global political cooperation. Most importantly, the UN is not irrelevant to Australia itself.' Jasmine Ruscoe considers the purpose and use of a international body often described as purposeless and useless.