Melbourne Festival kicks off with a bang at the opening night party, after the presentation of Michel van der Aa’s opera After Life. As artists and patrons descend into the catacumbal ballroom of the Regent Theatre, much talk was being had about mortality and capitalism.
I came across artist Kate Durham who, apart from being recognizable for her fabulous eccentric style, is accredited for establishing Spare Rooms for Refugees in 2001.
Spunkilicious Lilikoi Kaos, circus/sideshow/burlesque performer, adding that touch of sparkle to the old.
Local darling cabaret performer Simoncee Page Jones prowls the joint in camouflage leopard print. She also ensures that egress from this party is not an option.
Simon spruces up vintage YSL with the festival’s prophetic purple.
Come hither to my lair. Cabaret artist known simply as Mikelangelo.
Josh Johnson was captivating on the ballroom floor. He and his fellow dancers were equally as captivating on stage for William Forsythe’s I Don’t Believe in Outer Space, a decidedly must-see festival show.
Leah Robertson, official Melbourne Festival photographer, here, sans camera.