Our top 5 picks of the Melbourne Festival 2014

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Melbourne is known for its dynamic and cutting-edge arts and culture. That’s why it’s no surprise that the program for Melbourne Festival 2014 is more creative and vibrant than ever before. The city will be buzzing from October 10, as it showcases the very best in dance, theatre, music, visual arts and film.

STUDIO has scoured the program and come up with our top 5 picks of this year’s line-up:

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Friday 10 – Sunday 12 October
Roll up, roll up! This year’s festival has well and truly embraced the world of circus. We’re particularly loving the sound of the award-winning Cirkopolis. The show is set in a grey, industrialised world, where a bored worker’s imagination takes flight, transforming his workplace into a wonderland of juggling, jaw-dropping acrobatics and exquisite contortion. Audiences can expect to be delighted by the skills and creativity of some of the best circus performers in the world.

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Art as a verb
Friday 3 October – Tuesday 16 December
“Instead of painting, move your arms; instead of music, make noise. I’m giving up painting and all the arts by doing everything and anything” – Allan Kaprow.
If you find passive art lacklustre, then this exhibition is for you. Prepare to be immersed and involved in a form of action that interrogates the idea of art as a live medium. Art as a verb includes works from some of the art world’s most celebrated artists, including Allan Kaprow, Martin Creed and Yoko Ono.

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Since I Suppose
Wednesday 15 – Sunday 26 October
Put on your walking shoes and get ready to explore Melbourne though ground-breaking and immersive technology. Since I Suppose guarantees to be a powerful and inventive trip. You will be given a device that sits in your palm and leads you through a dizzying web of video, audio and real life one-to-one encounters as you become an observer in a tale inspired from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.

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Hipbone Sticking Out
Friday 17 – Tuesday 21 October
Funny, wicked, beautiful and heart-wrenching. This theatre production entwines ancient history and contemporary Pilbara culture as it looks at the history of the world from the perspective of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people. Hipbone Sticking Out sweeps across time with luminous animation, intricate music and a layered narrative to ensure a mesmerizing theatrical ride.

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Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier
Friday 3 – Sunday 26 October
During her lifetime Vivian Maier produced more than 100,000 photographic images, which remained undiscovered until 2007, two years before her death. Exhibited for the first time, Maier’s poignant street photography is juxtaposed with contemporary Australian performance, video and photography. Best of all – it’s free!

The 2014 Melbourne Festival runs from 10 October. You can find out more information and purchase tickets HERE.