March cries creativity and fun with this line-up of events. From contemporary dance to side-splitting comedy and the return of the World Science Festival, here’s what’s on in Brisbane this month.
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Annette Bening returns to the screen as the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame. The film takes place in the twilight of her tumultuous life, when her fling with a younger man named Peter Turner turns into something much deeper. Out at the start of the month, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is based on Turner’s memoir.
From 1 March
CIRCA's latest dance performance Aura is a love letter to Brisbane, and it's being performed at our newest arts space for free! In the performance, mesmerising acrobatic choreography unfurls to an immersive symphony of buses, trains, bikes, footfalls and car horns.
6–25 March at Flowstate
Alliance Française French Film Festival
It’s time for local Francophiles to revel in all things French during a month of film screenings at the French Film Festival. From comedies like opening night film C’est La Vie! (which comes from the directors of The Intouchables) through to culinary events featuring a screening of A Taste of France and closing night dramedy 50 is the New 30, there’s a film for every lover of Gallic culture.
8 March to 4 April at Palace Cinemas
Expressions Dance Company has a rich history of honouring the connection between music and dance, and this tradition continues with Converge. The show provides a platform for emerging musical talent by featuring the works of emerging composers and musicians alongside provocative new choreographic works from Beijing Dance LDTX's Xu Yiming. See the show to experience contemporary dance at the cutting edge.
10–17 March at Queensland Conservatorium Theatre
Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
Last year Queensland Museum took us back to Ancient Roman times with the Gladiators exhibition, and now it’s time to venture deep inside the pyramids of Ancient Egypt with the opening of Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives. Presenting six mummies, the exhibition offers insight into their lives using CT scanning technology and more than 200 artefacts from the British Museum’s Egyptian collections.
16 March to 16 August at Queensland Museum
It’s been a quiet start to 2018 for ballet fans, but Queensland Ballet is back. The first show of the year is La Bayadère – a sumptuous love story set in the exotic world of the 19th century British Raj. It’s the latest production from choreographer Greg Horsman, following on from his work with The Sleeping Beauty and Coppèlia,
16–31 March at QPAC
Tim Winton on lost boys and toxic masculinity
One of Australia’s favourite authors will appear at Brisbane Powerhouse this month to discuss a recurring theme in his work – masculinity. Tim Winton’s fascinating mediation on the journey to adulthood includes a specially commissioned soundscape and photographic interludes.
19 March at Brisbane Powerhouse
World Science Festival
Nothing like the science you remember at school, the World Science Festival (pictured) highlights the magic of the world around us. This year’s line-up includes the ever-popular baby turtles, alongside mind-expanding talks and immersive performances. All events are inspired by the theme of humanity, asking what makes us human, how humanity has advanced and ways we can live longer (and better).
21–25 March at South Bank
Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection
Coming on the back of a massive summer that featured Yayoi Kusama and Gerhard Richter, GOMA continues its ambitious exhibition schedule with the opening of a Patricia Piccinini retrospective. The exhibition occupies GOMA’s entire ground floor, featuring many of her most recognisable works alongside immersive multisensory installations and a large-scale inflatable sculpture.
From 24 March at GOMA
Brisbane Comedy Festival
Side-splitting, tear-inducing laughter. That’s the kind of comedy on offer when 70 comedians from around Australia and the world descend upon Brisbane for a month of witty one-liners, sketch comedy and wild tales. The line-up for Brisbane Comedy Festival includes Jeff Green, Jim Gaffigan, Stephen K Amos, Jimeoin, Wil Anderson and Urzila Carlson, together with the Brisbane Comedy Festival Gala.
Until 25 March at Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPac
STEEL: art design architecture
This new exhibition at QUT Art Museum draws attention to a metal that has become ubiquitous thanks to its aesthetic and functionality. STEEL: art design architecture showcases the innovative ways that artists and designers are using steel – a reminder of the potential that still exists around us, even within ubiquity.
Until 25 March at QUT Art Museum
Shrek the Musical
Shrek is the unlikely hero no-one saw coming when the DreamWorks film opened in 2001. Now see what happens when the story is adapted into a musical. Shrek the Musical is a family-friendly production of fairytale proportions, with new songs and all of the film’s loveable misfits.
Until 31 March at Brisbane Arts Theatre
Mao’s Last Dancer
Known for his talent that took him to the world stage against all odds, Li Cunxin’s story is as captivating as his ballet career. This exhibition, Mao’s Last Dancer, traces his remarkable journey from an impoverished childhood in China to world-famous artist. It features interviews of Li’s family and ballet colleagues, as well as personal artefacts and footage of Li at the height of his on-stage career.
Until 19 April at Museum of Brisbane
From wish-granting genies to magic carpets, Aladdin is one of Disney’s most beloved films. And, in the tradition of bringing Disney films to life on stage, the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins presents Aladdin – The Musical. Detailed sets and more than 300 lavish costumes form the backdrop for performances of songs including ‘Friend Like Me’, ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Arabian Nights’.
Until 3 June
If you’re heading to QPAC for Aladdin, here’s where to eat before or after a show.
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