Celebrity events: Theatre of dreams, theatre of play
Hear from experts in directing, costume and fashion design
Sydney’s stars of theatre and design join us to share their insights about staging theatre productions and Japanese textiles.
Image: Lieven Bertels by Prudence Upton
Julie Lynch, costume and set designer
Julie Lynch is one of Australia’s leading costume and set designers having worked with many of our most respected directors, including Neil Armfield, John Bell, Jonathan Biggins, Richard Cottrell, Gale Edwards, Lindy Hume, Lee Lewis, Stuart Maunder, Elke Neidhardt and Marion Potts. Julie has won three Sydney Theatre Awards and two Helpmann Awards for Best Costume Design. Her most recent work includes designing costumes for Opera Australia’s Handa Opera production Carmen on Sydney Harbour and for Noises off at Sydney Theatre Company. Julie was head of costume at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) from 2000 to 2005 and is a regular guest lecturer in design at NIDA and UTS. She is also vice president of the Australian Production Design Guild.
Julie joins us to analyse the importance of costume and set design in staging productions and conveying stories.
Wednesday 25 June 2014 6:30pm – 7pm
Lieven Bertels, director
Lieven Bertels has been Sydney Festival director since 2013. Before moving to Australia, he was artistic coordinator at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. Lieven read musicology at the University of Leuven, Belgium and received an MA in composition at the University of Durham, UK. From 2001 until 2004, he was artistic director of the new Concertgebouw, an arts centre in Bruges. He was also guest curator for the 2008 Gaida festival in Vilnius, Lithuania, which hosted the ISCM World Music Days that year. He joined the board of directors of the International Society for the Performing Arts in NY in 2010.
Lieven will talk about his experience at the Holland Festival, where he included various Japanese performing art forms in the program, from gagaku court music and bunraku puppetry to nō, kyōgen and kabuki theatre.
Wednesday 2 July 2014 6:30pm – 7pm
Alistair Trung in conversation with Caroline Baum
Alistair Trung is a Vietnamese/Australian designer with four independent boutiques in Sydney and Melbourne. Alistair is a fashion and textile graduate of the University of Technology, Sydney and describes himself as a 'cloth addict’. He seeks intelligent solutions based on architectural cuts and an exploration of form, space and movement in his designs.
Speaking with Alistair is journalist and broadcaster Caroline Baum. Caroline has worked for Vogue magazine in the UK and as features editor of Vogue Australia. She appears at writers festivals across Australia and overseas and writes for national magazines, newspapers and online arts websites. Caroline is also the editorial director at Booktopia and produces the online interview series Bookshots with Caroline Baum and the Artshots with Caroline Baum.
Alistair joins us to analyse some of the key costumes in the exhibition and the influence of Japanese aesthetic on his designs.
Wednesday 16 July 2014 6:30pm – 7pm