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Default KAGE End of Year Celebrations - You're Invited



Kate's wrap up of Look Right Through Me
A note from Michael Leunig
KAGE End of Year Celebrations - You're Invited!
Thank You
Insider Info
A Stranger in Town - 2 for 1 Ticket Offer
ANAM - Special Ticket Offer

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of

We have done it - two world premieres in one year. Phew, it was
certainly big but it is not over yet.

We are now busy mentoring emerging artists as part of our KAGE COACH
program and preparing for another big year next year!

Read all about the wrap up of Look Right Through Me and get set for
more moves from KAGE.

We do hope that you will be able to join us for our end of year
celebrations on Sunday the 13th November at the Convent and allow us
to to say a huge thankyou for making it all possible and to cheers to
a bright future ahead.

KAGE seeks to pioneer an original creative voice in performance,
pushing dance-theatre into new territory. Territory which illuminates
issues of social justice through drawing humour, humanity and pathos
from the physicality of human bodies.

However, if for some reason this is not your thing please FORWARD ME
onto someone you think may be interested and/or click on the REMOVE
ME link at the very bottom of this email.

Kate's wrap up of Look Right Through Me

Like so many others, my outlook on life has been enriched by Michael
Leunig's commentary on the human race. His voice has been a constant
reminder of what is possible to assert if you are brave enough. He
sheds light on the darkest of subject matters, giving us permission
to laugh while gently guiding us with a firm and steady hand,
encouraging us to be a more tolerant and compassionate society.

The collaboration between Michael and me was based on the shared love
of conversation, provocation, beauty and absurdity. While Look Right
Through Me was by no means a literal translation of
Leunig's work, each scene was inspired by particular cartoons or
pieces of his writing. Familiar and contrasting themes of playfulness
and disillusionment, hope and humility are realised through dance,
music and physicality.

Look Right Through Me was always going to be a risky work as Michael
Leunig is so well known and popular. We wondered whether audiences
would embrace the work for being an extension of Michael's work
rather than a literal translation of it. But thankfully you did!

We are extremely proud of undertaking such an ambitious and daring
new work and want to thank everyone for their support in making it

If you didn't get to see it live, take a look at this little bit here.

A note from Michael Leunig

To my cartoonist mind's eye, the cartoon frame found in newspapers
has always been a little stage of sorts; a paper proscenium arch
surrounded by newsprint, where for forty years I have placed my
characters and given them roles. I can therefore see that Look Right
Through Me is something of a living cartoon, and I invite others to
see it in this way for a moment also. But of course, there is more to
it than that.

It is a peculiar and mysterious pleasure indeed to see my work used
as an inspirational source for this entirely original piece of
theatre by KAGE. Look Right Through Me is no literal transcription
from my archive but rather an essential piece of my spirit borrowed
and grown faithfully in the KAGE laboratory into a wonderful and very
different new creature that I could never have imagined. What
lovelier honour and influence could there be upon me than to see my
work used in this way by an intelligent and prodigiously gifted new
generation of artists. I think this is what's called a blessing.

Watching this piece emerge has not been without amused personal
reflection. My mind has been drawn back to the desperately isolated
moments in youth as I sat at messy late night tables with inky hands;
surrounded by scraps of torn paper, empty teacups and great swathes
of self doubt, scratching away at improbable, impertinent ideas
wrought from the mess of my own shaky experience and little else.
Both Einstein and Camus have noted the frequently ridiculous
beginnings of worthy things and I couldn't agree more.

How astounding it is to now behold the graceful consequences of such
clumsy early inventions - descendents looking so at home in the
world, so evolved, assured, and beautifully daring. Our artworks and
our children are different to us; they go into the world to take on
an independent existence and do what they will. Thanks be.

KAGE End of Year Celebrations - You're Invited!

As you hopefully know already it has been an amazing year for KAGE
and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you and to
celebrate with you all that we have achieved this year as well as to
make a toast to a bright future ahead.

As part of the Abbotsford Convent's Discovery Day
KAGE would be delighted if you would join us for a tour of the
Abbotsford Convent as well as a rehearsal showing from our latest
KAGE COACH participants, followed by refreshments.

KAGE is immensely proud of being based at the Convent and we would
love a chance to share all the secrets of this remarkable
establishment with you.

KAGE COACH participants Henna Kaikula and Chelsea McGuffin will
perform an excerpt from their astonishing new work entitled ROOMS
which combines acrobatics, contortion and comedy. They have been
mentored by Kate Denborough, one of KAGE's Creative Directors.

Please meet us at the Main Gate (Gate 1) of the Abbotsford Convent at
2:00pm for the tour, which will lead on to the informal performance
presentation at 3:00pm in the Rosina Building, Dorm 1 with drinks
following the performance.

If you do not want to participate in a tour of the Convent you are
welcome to join us just for our KAGE COACH performances which will
take place at 1:00pm and 3.00pm in Dorm 1, Rosina Building. The
Discovery Day festivities run from 12noon until 6pm.

Thank you

Before we move on completely from Look Right Through Me we need to
say thanks to all those that made it possible.

Look Right Through Me was generously assisted by the Australian
Government through the Australia Council,
its arts funding and advisory board, the Victorian Government through
Arts Victoria.

A huge thanks also goes out to the Malthouse Theatre
we were so pleased and proud to perform there once again.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Insider Info

This month Gerard is back in WA again working with ex graduate buddy
and Victorian College of the Arts alumni, independent choerographer
and dancer Danielle Micich on her project Shiver.

To all of our Perth companions please do take the chance to see this
exceptional dance theatre performance. It's on Thursday 17, Friday 18
and Saturday 19 November 2011 at the Dolphin Theatre, UWA.

Evenings: 7:30pm
Morning: 10:30am (Friday only)
Matinee: 2:00pm (Saturday only)

Tickets: $22-$29 plus booking fee.
For bookings head to -
or call 9484 1133, group discounts are available.

For more info and to take a look at the promo video head here.

Say Hi to Gerard for us!

A Stranger in Town - 2 for 1 Ticket Offer

Back in Melbourne, KAGE is pleased to be offering KAGE subscribers 2
for 1 tickets to Essential Theatre's A Stranger in Town - a musical
fable at fortyfivedownstairs.

This special offer is valid for all full priced tickets purchased for
Thursday 3rd November at 7:30pm

Telephone credit card bookings only via (03) 9662 9966.

Remember to mention the code word "immigration"

Venue: fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

ANAM - Special Ticket Offer

One of our fabulous dancers in Sundowner - Michelle Heaven can now be
seen in Bach Suites presented by the Australian Academy of Music and

Bringing together a designer, a dancer and a choreographer along with
cellists from the Academy, these performances explore the traces of
movement and light resting in these iconic dance suites.

6pm & 8pm, 16-19 November
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

ANAM is delighted to offer KAGE supporters full priced tickets ($50)
at concession rates ($25) to any of the Bach Suites performances. To
book, contact phone (03) 9645 7911 no later than Monday 14th November, 5pm,
Hurry! Tickets are strictly limited.

Three Centuries of Interpretation.
Three Centuries of Interpretation, Reimagined.

Bach Suites for Solo Cello 1 - 6 (selected movements)
Howard Penny, Ben Cobham, Helen Herbertson, Michelle Heaven, John
Salisbury, Cellists of the Academy & Bluebottle3.
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