4 shows to see at Melbourne Festival this October  

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From 3 to 21 October, the Melbourne Festival is on. We found you 4 French or francophone related shows to see at the Melbourne Festival. Here they are.


“Teeth, Gums, Machines, Futures, Society” – Lili Reynaud-Dewar 6 October to 15 December

While Lili Reynaud-Dewar’s work will be open from 6 October until 15 December (so well after the conclusion of Melbourne Festival), we recommend that you go to see it during the festival. In particular, for the opening performance on 6 October in which the sounds and speech from the film will be reproduced live creating an echo effect of live and pre-recorded sounds.

Image © Marina Faust

The film and installation are inspired by two different sources: Donna Haraway’s “A Cyborg Manifesto” and the “grills” which rappers wear on their teeth.


There will also be an artist talk given by Lili Reynaud-Dewar on Monday 8 October at 6pm.


Prize Fighter –9 – 20 October

This debut play from Congolese-Australian writer Future D. Fidel has already finished a number of successful seasons. It is a play which puts you ringside at a boxing match which will leave you breathless.


When the refugee Isa puts his gloves on, he is able to take on any opponent. Nicknamed “the Killer”, the lights of the boxing ring are not enough to make the shadows of his past go away. He was a child soldier forced to fight with the very people who killed his family.


This is said to be knockout theatre in all the senses from its visceral fight choreography from whcih you feel each blow, to the tight writing that packs an emotional punch, “Prize Fighter ducks and weaves with astonishing grace”.


TICKETS: $38 for adults or $33 for Concession card holders. There are also $25 preview performance tickets.


Fire gardens – 10 – 13 October

The French Compagnie Carabosse, will light up the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne over 4 nights. The gardens will be transformed into a world of mystery and revelation.

Image: Vincent Muteau

The company has already lit up all the corners of the world including Stonehenge and the Kremlin. Don’t miss your chance to see their show in Melbourne.


Tickets: $25 for everyone.


A quiet evening of dance –17 – 20 October

A suite of works to highlight William Forsythe’s practice. One of these, DUO2015, was first created in 1996 and was adapted for Sylvie Guillem’s farewell dance program.

Image by Bill Cooper

The show is a co-production with Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, le Théâtre du Châtelet, Festival d’Automne à Paris; Festival Montpellier Danse 2019; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; The Shed, New York and deSingel international arts campus (Antwerp).


Tickets: $39 for the under 30s

$69 to $119 for adults

$59 to $89 for Concession card holders


Which shows will you see at Melbourne Festival?

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