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Corridors of Power: Cheating, Lying, Stealing


Corridors of Power: Cheating, Lying, Stealing

  • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2009, 6:00pm
  • Venue: Visy Theatre — Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm, QLD
  • Tickets: Full: $29, concession: $24 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (07) 3358 8600

Event Details

Thirty-six years ago, Gough Whitlam headed the first Labor government in 23 years. Australia’s most dramatic political moment happened only three years later, when the Governor-General dismissed the government. Robert Davidson captures this event in his composition, Big Decisions. Reminiscent of a mini-opera, Big Decisions stars the recorded voicesof Gough Whitlam, Sir John Kerr and Malcolm Fraser. The effect is that the politicians are heard to sing, with Whitlam waltzing his way through 'Well may we say God save the Queen'. Composer Russell Gilmour uses the tango as inspiration to illustrate the personality and political style of Paul Keating. When Keating became the former Prime Minister in 1996, Gilmour invited a clutch of composers to write tango portraits to mark the event. The resulting Keating Tangos is a dramatic portrayal of Australia’s self-styled Placido Domingo. Big Decisions and The Keating Tangos are features of Topology’s performance. The concert also goes beyond Australia’s shores to worldwide politics.

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Featured Australian Works

Big decisions : the Whitlam Dismissal, for wind quartet with recorded speech (2001) by Robert Davidson
— performed by Topology

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