The most recent issue of Realtime Magazine features an incredible article by Gavin Findlay – Here Be Dragons: Canberra Performance Then and Now Part 1. Findlay explores the phenomena that was the Canberra arts community of the 80s to mid 90s, with particular focus on performative, cross discipline work and the legendary Splinters Theatre of Spectacle. The entire thing has me reaching for the tissues and wishing I was born ten or twenty years earlier.
It is the loss of such artistic power that makes it important to examine why and how Canberra gave rise to such a flourishing: what were the conditions that supported it? Could such conditions be created again?
Do yourself a favour and read the full article here. Part 2 of Findlay’s article will be in the upcoming Realtime.