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May 4, 2017

The big news on the Melbourne art scene this week is the move of Gertrude Contemporary from Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, to High Street, Preston South, echoing the move of many artists and organisations over the past few years from the CBD's fringe to suburbs further out. Artistic Director Mark Feary is in the studio to discuss the reasons for the move, positives and negatives and the final exhibition at the original 200 Gertrude Street address, The End of Time. The Beginning of Time.

Awakening is an adaptation of the 1891 German play Spring Awakening, dealing with issues of teenage sexual awakening and society's discomfort with it. Daniel Lammin wonders how a 130-year-old play is arguably more relevant than ever in 2017 and discusses the message and intention of the production to contemporary Australian youth of all genders and orientations.

Yirramboi First Nations' Arts Festival opens May 5. One of the productions not to be missed is Chasing Smoke, an offshoot of the BLAKflip masterclass program, encouraging Aboriginal and First Nations' people to get involved in circus arts. Davey Thompson (Circus Oz BLAKflip manager), Chasing Smoke Director Natano Fa’anana and performer Lara Croydon talk the show's inception and the niche that Indigenous arts and circus occupy in this production.