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Dancing on a Volcano


Tue 17 Nov 2020, 7:30pm–8:30pm Danae Killian - Dress Rehearsal
Thu 19 Nov 2020, 7:30pm–9:00pm Pierrot Lunaire - Dress Rehearsal
Thu 19 Nov 2020, 9:00pm–10:30pm Dancing on a Volcano - Dress Rehearsal
Fri 20 Nov 2020, 7:30pm–9:00pm Pierrot Lunaire - Performance 1
Sat 21 Nov 2020, 2:00pm–3:30pm Dancing on a Volcano - Performance

Where: Abbotsford Convent - Magdalen North Laundries, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Victoria

Restrictions: 15+

Ticket Information:

  • Dress Rehearsal Tickets : $18.50 ($17.50 + $1.00 fees)
  • Standard First release : $29.50 ($28.00 + $1.50 fees)
  • Seniors First release: $24.50 ($23.00 + $1.50 fees)
  • Concession First release: $21.50 ($20.00 + $1.50 fees)
  • Student First Release: $18.50 ($17.50 + $1.00 fees)
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“The whole town and all its inhabitants are quite drowned in carnival din, masks and confetti. And on top of that the news of the Reichstag fire. Dancing on a volcano!”

- Alban Berg, Munich, 1933.

Forest Collective presents a mini festival exploring the tumultuous music of Germany and broader Europe from the turn of the 20th century until Nazi occupation.


Dress rehearsal – 19 Nov 7.30pm
Perf 1 – 20 Nov 7.30pm
Perf 2 – 22 Nov 5pm

Arnold Schönberg’s epoch-defining expressionistic melodrama, setting the sensuous and unsettling poems of Albert Giraud (translated into German by Otto Erich Hartleben), will be performed in a small and intimate setting at the haunting North Laundries, Abbotsford Convent.

Soprano Kate Bright, dancer and choreographer Ashley Dougan and a small chamber ensemble directed by Evan J Lawson will bring to life the evocative atonality of Schönberg’s score, which vividly explores Pierrot’s cascading episodes of moonlit desire, ecstasy and violence, blasphemy and belief, exile and haunting guilt.


Dress – 19 Nov 9pm
Perf 1 – 21 Nov 2pm
Perf 2 – 22 Nov 7.30pm

Rarely performed works from Third Reich Germany will feature in Forest Collective’s end of year concert. Written in a time of incendiary creativity and tyrannous oppression, this performance will offer a rare chance to experience works created both in opposition to, and in favour of the Nazi regime.

In this era, where art and politics became fiercely entangled, notable composers included Isla Webber, Kurt Weill, Franz Schreker, Frederich Hollander, Mischa Spoliansky, Anton Webern, Alban Berg and Olivier Messiaen. Many works were written by composers during their imprisonment in concentration camps.


Dress rehearsal – 17 Nov 7.30pm
Performance – 22 Nov 2pm

Abbotsford Convent, North Laundries
1 St. Heliers Street

Dress rehearsal tickets : $17.50

Standard First release : $28.00
Seniors First release : $23.00
Concession First release : $20.00
Student first release : $17.50
Festival pass first release (all three performances) : $60.00
Available until 31 May

Standard Second release : $35.00
Concession Second release : $27.00
Student second release : $20.00
Seniors Second release : $30.00
Festival pass second release (all three performances) : $67.00
Available 31 May until 31 Aug

Standard final release : $42.00
Seniors final release : $37.00
Concession final release : $34.00
Student final release : $25.00
Festival pass final release (all three performances) : $75.00
Available 31 Aug

10-15 min walk from Victoria Park Station (South Morang/Hurstbridge Lines)
Bus 200 or 207 to stop Clarke St/Johnston St (cross via bridge above road) and turn left at St Heliers Street
Tram 109, 12 or 48 to stop Victoria St/Nicholson St (Abbotsford) and 20-25 min walk up Nicholson Street
More info:

Kate Bright Mezzo Soprano
Daniel Todd Tenor
Ashley Dougan Choreographer & Dancer
Evan J Lawson Conductor
Kim Tan Flutes
Danae Killian Piano
Helen Bower Violin
William Cooper Accordion
Natasha Fearnside Clarinets
Rosanne Hunt Cello
Zela Papageorgiou Percussion
Trea Hindley Trombone
Ryan Williams Recorders
Phoebe Smithies Horn
Samantha Ramirez Harp
Ian Crossfield Double Bass

Forest Collective acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, meet, create, and perform - primarily Wurundjeri land of the Kulin Nation.

We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and extend our respects to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs, and relationship with the land. We recognise Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of this nation.