NGV Friday Nights returns this winter with exclusive late night access to MoMA at NGV. Featuring a line-up of international and home-grown acts presented by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, experience art, music and dining inspired by the city that never sleeps.
7–7.45pm & 8.45–9.30pm
Performing at NGV Friday Nights, dynamic long-running Australian group Speedball has set audiences alight since 2000. Their signature brand of no holds barred, high intensity performances has earned them a reputation as one of the country’s most exciting ensembles. The combined accolades of the group’s members are extensive, including a Clifford Brown/Stan Getz fellow, an APRA Professional Development Award, Bell Awards, ARIA nominations, National Jazz Awards, James Morrison Scholarship recipients, and MCA Freedman Fellowship finalists. After an extended hiatus, 2017 finds Speedball back together and finally releasing their highly anticipated debut album, We Have Moved. Featuring Mat Jodrell (trumpet), Carl Mackey (saxophones), Grant Windsor (piano), Sam Anning (bass), and Daniel Susnjar (drums).
LET THEM EAT CAKE
6–7pm and 7.45–8.45pm
Vocalist Sandy Whittem is a Melbourne-based singer, actor, comedian, director and multi-award winning musical theatre performer. Sandy is classically trained in singing, versatile across a range of genres including classical, jazz, musical theatre, pop, folk, and country. Josh Cake is a celebrated Melbourne guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter with a background in music theatre, cabaret and comedy.
SIMONE FORTI, HUDDLE
Simone Forti’s seminal performance piece Huddle, 1961, will be performed three times between 7.30–8.30pm as part of NGV Friday Nights. Forti was a key figure of New York’s 1960s Judson Dance Theater, and helped pioneer a new movement language that favoured the commonplace over the virtuosic. First performed in 1961 as part of a larger series of Dance Constructions in Yoko Ono’s downtown loft, Forti’s Huddle foreshadows the sense of presence and the relationship between viewer and artwork that would characterise Minimalist sculpture.
Huddle will be performed by Dance and Theatre students from the Victorian College of the Arts at The University of Melbourne.