Melbourne Festival presents ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION The Artists in Conversation lunchtime series invites audiences to get up close and personal with some of the Festival’s biggest names as they discuss the trials, rewards and craft of creating art on the world stage. These are the cream of the crop – the most distinguished artists presenting the most extraordinary work in the Festival. Bringing together directors, performers, writers, choreographers and visual artists, each session sees invited artists matched with a luminary in their field from ABC Radio National for an hour of incisive debate, passionate questioning and revealing conversation. Free, intimate and unfiltered, this revealing series of talks offers a whole new angle on the Festival. GARY KEEGAN HAVE I NO MOUTH -­‐ Sat 11 Oct at 1pm Actor/writer Feidlim Cannon and Artistic Director Gary Keegan of Irish theatre company Brokentalkers speak about the challenges of turning personal stories into public art. ANOUK VAN DIJK COMPLEXITY OF BELONGING – Sun 12 Oct at 1pm Having collaborated on and off for 15 years, these two European luminaries of the dance and theatre worlds discuss the process of working across art forms. ROSLYN OADES HELLO, GOODBYE &HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Wed 15 Oct at 1pm This Australian theatre maker talks about the process of creating her most recent work and discusses her signature headphone-­‐
verbatim technique. TREVOR JAMIESON HIPBONE STICKING OUT – Thu 16 Oct at 1pm The Director of Big hART and the lead in Hipbone Sticking Out talk about the process of driving change though art. CLINT MANSELL -­‐ Fri 17 Oct at 1pm This legendary film score composer talks about the challenges of creating soundtracks for films such as Requiem for a Dream, Noah, Moon and Black Swan. KATE DENBOROUGH &DAVID NYUOL VINCENTTEAM OF LIFE -­‐ Sat 18 Oct at 1pm Ex-­‐child soldier David Vincent, the inspiration behind TEAM OF LIFE, and the director of dance-­‐theatre company KAGE speak about art as a therapeutic tool. YARON LIFSCHITZ & CHRISTOPHE COLLETTE OPUS – Sun 19 Oct at 1pm The Artistic Director of Circa and the violinist from Debussy String Quartet talk about the surprising pairing of circus and Shostakovich. ALYSON CAMPBELL THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY – Tue 21 Oct at 1pm Where real life meets fiction: the writer and director of The Trouble with Harry discuss turning history into theatre. JOHN HARTE & ALLAN CLAYTON AURORA ORCHESTRA -­‐ Wed 22 Oct at 1pm Aurora Orchestra’s Chief Executive, John Harte, and tenor Allan Clayton talk about the creative process behind some of Aurora’s recent projects. MCGUCKIN & HARRY HOWARDPOP CRIMES – Fri 24 Oct at 1pm Mick Harvey (ex-­‐The Birthday Party), Genevieve McGuckin and Harry Howard (These Immortal Souls) speak about the music and influence of Rowland S. Howard. HEINER GOEBBELS WHEN THE MOUNTAIN CHANGED ITS CLOTHING -­‐ Sat 25 Oct at 1pm Heiner Goebbels is one of Europe’s most acclaimed theatre makers. Here he discusses his work as composer and director across his multifaceted and illustrious career. SHAUN PARKER AM I -­‐ Sun 26 Oct at 1pm The award-­‐winning choreographer discusses the creation of his new and most ambitious work to date, AM I, fusing dance, spoken word and music. FOXTEL FESTIVAL HUB Sat 11 – Sun 19 Oct at 1pm FREE