Indigenous dance and art, kids theatre and musicals: 2018 looking sharp at The Arts Centre Gold Coast

The Arts Centre Gold Coast has quietly announced part of its 2018 programming without any of the fanfare it deserves.

With the Cultural Precinct now well under redevelopment and the Amphitheatre coming online early next year, it’s action stations at the Evandale site. The café is being renovated, the Sideshow series has filled The Basement with new audiences and sound testing has been occurring ahead of the Amphitheatre’s opening. But 2018 has more in store for the Precinct than just an amazing new venue.

Bangarra Dance Theatre will return to the Gold Coast performing three profound dance works showcasing the infinite stories of Australia’s cultural heritage in ‘Our Land People Stories’. For just two nights – 23 and 24 February – the stunning paintings of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu will be brought to life, alongside an exploration of Wiradjuri family kinship and the two sides of Sydney’s Governor Macquarie. It’s been two years since Bangarra has been on the Gold Coast and lovers of contemporary and traditional dance and theatre are expected to flock to the Cultural Precinct en masse for these shows.

Sydney Dance Company will also visit the Gold Coast in 2018, bringing ‘ab [intra]’ to The Arts Centre in July. This world premiere explores the depth of human impulse, exploring what drives relationships and ignites ambitions while showcasing Australia’s best contemporary dancers.

2018 also sees The Arts Centre Gold Coast bring to the city a heap of theatre for kids of all ages. Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvelous Medicine’ has been adapted for the stage by Shake & Stir Theatre Co and will run three times on one day in October. ‘Josephine Wants to Dance’, by Monkey Baa Theatre Company is based on the hugely popular picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley and will stop in at the Gold Coast in early September. Australia’s most-loved children’s singer and songwriter Peter Combe, otherwise known as Mr Clicketty Cane, will also visit in January, bringing his ‘Wash Your Face in Orange Juice’ show with him.

Strut & Fret (Blanc de Blanc) return with ‘A Night at The Musicals’ (12 + 13 January) – a gushing, riotous celebration of the glorious genre of musical theatre. The Queensland Symphony Orchestra performs ‘Musical Fairytales’ exploring romantic composers of old and their big classics with liberal sprinklings of sprites, wraiths and princesses (4 May) and Mercury’s Wings brings you the magical tale of Shakespeare’s last play, ‘The Tempest’ (23 – 26 May).

Visual art is covered as well and two events in particular will exhibit works from the City’s collection. ‘We Are Gold Coast’ will show that “The Goldie” is driven by a youthful and infectious energy, natural wonders and a talented artistic community and runs 12 May – 15 July and ‘Across Country’ will share art and objects celebrating the world’s oldest continuing culture from 3 March – 29 April with examples from many significant Indigenous arts communities including traditional, contemporary and urban works across all media.

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Check out The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s current 2018 program at theartscentregc.com.au.

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