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Signature 3

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This week in Melbourne, it’s worth your while to catch the last three shows of Signature 3, a free dance performance in Southbank. Comprising the work of three upcoming dance artists as part of the Master of Dance program at the Victorian College of the Arts, this free event is running nightly for a limited season, 23-25 May. ay. Choreographer Nadine Dimitrievich has captured a sense of menace that feels utterly authentic. The second piece by Joel Fenton is a comedic game of cat-and-mouse. Chelsea Byrne’s ‘duet(s)’ – the last performance in the triptych – is a playful work delving into human connection. Read on for Martina Hoffmann’s review of Signature 3.

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Like Riding A Bike

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I never learnt how to ride a bike as a child. The older I became, the more the two-wheeled enigma became an impenetrable fantasy mode of transport, and the more estranged I felt from “normal” people who took this skill for granted. But my god, the rush when I managed to peddle for the first time! I screamed inwardly, “I’m a cute girl in an A-line smock riding a bicycle in Berlin!” and, with the stupidest grin plastered across my face, cycled for about three metres – before crashing into the side of a stationary car.

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No Filter Project

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In a society of unrealistic beauty standards, No Filter Project, by photographer Daria Yakina, is a candid exploration of the issues of self-worth and body shaming. Focusing on the female experience, No Filter Project presents the images and lived stories of 27 women from a variety of physicalities, mental states, ethnicities and ages.

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Native Weddings

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Tye Dunn and Michael Bird form the dynamic duo behind Collingwood-based Native Weddings. With an emphasis on producing wedding videos that capture the genuine story, Tye and Michael strive to redefine a strain of videography usually associated with Vaseline lens shots. In an age where the notion of happily ever after is being redefined in itself, this is no small feat. We talk to them about filmmaking, love, and how they tell the modern tale of romance.

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Bomb Collar

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In writer and performer Nick Delatovic’s own words, “If you come to see Bomb Collar, you’re going to see the last pop singer on earth give a pep rally concert to a revolutionary army. In real terms, it’s a sci-fi black comedy cabaret show built around eight original songs.”

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Jessie Adams: Mirage

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Jessie Adams is a Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist specialising in photography and textile design, who articulates sublime landscapes and magical microcosms onto silk. Jessie’s first solo show, MIRAGE, comprises eight pieces of digitally-printed silk. She took a break from cracking whips for her other practice and passion, performance art, to talk to us about her work.

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Neoncubicle

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Melissa Hamlyn (Neoncubicle) is a visual artist who treats her studio like a laboratory. She works with digital pattern making, projection and textiles, using abstract motifs to produce conceptual mind maps of her travels and connections with people.

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Angry Girl: Gemma Flack

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There’s a sacred magic to a girl’s bedroom, and feminist illustrator/all-round babe Gemma Flack invokes it with ritualistic relish in her solo exhibition, Angry Girls Club. Housed upstairs in Collingwood’s Off The Kerb Gallery, Angry Girls Club is a series of portraits of rad defiant girls and women embodying feminine resilience and identity.

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Kinship & Co

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Melbourne is famous for alleyway cafés, but Kinship & Co is the only one I’ve encountered where the staff run a relentless onslaught of banter that rivals The Muppet Show, regulars are nicknamed after fictional serial killers, and the tongue-in-cheek pop music referencing jaffles make working in the soulless corporate side of the Melbourne CBD considerably more tolerable and exponentially more delicious.

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