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Story is for the creative and curious. For people who believe stories matter. The ideas, people, musings and moments assembled are an invitation to use art as a lens to know yourself; see others and imagine possible futures.
Art is integral in our society. Often the focus is on how art makes us feel: inspired, uncomfortable, excited, challenged, relaxed. More than that, the arts help us to make sense of the world around us, to make sense of each other, to find meaning and help create harmonious communities. Learning through the arts enables students to discover and develop empathy, to be problem solvers able to think creatively and to be resilient.
Inside these pages, and beyond through The Creatory, we bring together ideas, people, musings and moments so that we may know ourselves better, see others and imagine possible futures.
I hope you enjoy this edition of Story.
Chief Executive QPAC
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This edition of Story pulls the idea of resistance apart and looked at it from multiple perspectives. Certainly in this moment and political environment, resistance is most frequently thought of in the context of large-scale public protest. Think the Occupy movement, Arab Spring, Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the Women’s March, bombings, and street riots. But the more you ponder resistance, the more complex and slippery it gets.
Change or metamorphosis is the driving idea behind this edition of Story. It began as an observation of how many elements of the upcoming program started life in another art form – novels transformed to musical theatre and dance, television transformed to live performance, rock album to rock opera. In addition to changing form, many of the works address deeper issues of transformation.
In this edition of Story, one of the most enduring kinds of story looms large – fairy tale – inspired in large part by our presentation of Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White.
As well as fairy tales, across our program over the second half of 2016 are productions that explore religion, spirituality, ritual, symbol and morality.
We have articles from acclaimed actor and writer William McInnes and author John Birmingham, words from award winning Indigenous poet Samuel Wagan Watson, a piece from Circa Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz, special interviews with American opera, theatre and festival director Peter Sellars and actor Max Gillies, our ongoing column from QPAC’s Scholar in Residence Professor Judith McLean and are honoured to publish a piece written by one of the world’s most extraordinary minds Dr Oliver Sacks.
In this issue of Story we feature a piece from Australian writer David Malouf whose recent book Being There, dives into this space between artist and audience and the things that happen to us as a consequence.
In his piece Questions on the way to an exhibition, Malouf leaps the divide between the creation of art and the human compulsion to seek it out. He asks: "What is it in us – what urge to lose ourselves in the otherness of things – that leads us so insistently to seek out encounters with paintings, plays, poems, novels, works of sculpture, dance and music?"
2015 sees QPAC celebrate its 30 year anniversary in Queensland. In this issue of Story, the Centre’s three chief executives – founding CE Tony Gould, previous CE Craig McGovern and current CE John Kotzas - reflect on the evolution of QPAC over its past three decades.
The issue also publishes discussions with key industry leaders including Founding Principal of AMS Planning & Research Corp Steven Wolff, Queensland Ballet principal Clare Morehen and Queensland Theatre Company director in residence Andrea Moor, on their personal arts practice and on the wider international, national and state wide arts industry. Readers can also gain unique insight into the happenings backstage at QPAC with interviews, photo galleries and more.