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Season 2008 Episode 0825

Steven Berkoff - Provocation: How Far Can an Artist Go?

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Steven Berkoff - Provocation: How Far Can an Artist Go?
Critically acclaimed UK actor, director, playwright and author Steven Berkoff will give his unique perspective on the art of provocation at an exclusive Sydney Ideas event to be held at the University of Sydney on Monday night.In this fascinating lecture, titled "Provocation: How far can an artist go?", Berkoff will discuss how he has managed to stay on the fringe since he formed the London Theatre Group 40 years ago.Berkoff, one of theatre's most unique talents, advocates theatre that will challenge, provoke and "astonish" audiences. His own stage work, he has said, is "not social observation or a polite rendering of character but a highly physical, deeply illuminating direct form of expression."The East-End born Berkoff is renowned for his high-octane work playing villains in Octopussy (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) as well as roles in Clockwork Orange (1971) and Decadence (1994). Most recently he has become known for his highly acclaimed theatrical performances, direction and stage adaptations, including adaptations of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Macbeth and Oscar Wilde's Salome. - University of Sydneymoreless

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