Lowdown - 1990s

Living in the 2010s, it’s easy to underestimate the profound changes taking place in the world in the late 1980s and 1990s.

It was an era of ‘post-s’ - post-Cold War, postmodern, poststructural and postcolonial. The information revolution was in full swing, meaning that every year from 1987 to 2007 featured phenomenal increases in the capacity to receive, store, exchange and compute information. Culture, creativity and technology were interacting in new and exciting ways, particularly amongst young people, and the boundaries between art forms were falling down.  Even the concept of art and the role of the professional artist were questioned, with new festivals featuring contemporary and digital art created in makeshift studios, backyard sheds and teenagers' bedrooms.

Lowdown continued to extend its coverage as youth arts moved into new areas. For an overview of the period, go to the 1990-1993 commentary and history or 1994-1999 commentary and history.

Lowdown 1994-1999 Commentary and History

The 1990s – Decade of the ‘Post-s’ Part II – 1994-1999 A history...

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Indigenous People in Performance, 1993

The 1993 focus on Indigenous People in Performance captured two important companies in their...

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The Danish Critical Appraisal system - Okinawa, 1994

Rosemary Luke wrote the most requested article in Lowdown 's history, 'Critical Quality', first...

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A philosophy for improvisation and group devising - Steven Gration, 1996

Group devised performance in Melbourne had a significantly different origin from that of Sydney....

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Peer Assessment and Excellence, 1995

The principle of peer assessment is at the heart of arts funding in Australia. It means that...

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Lowdown takes a bow at the 1990 Sweden ASSITEJ Congress

Australia's Michael FitzGerald came within one vote of gaining the Presidency of ASSITEJ at its...

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Gay issues in youth performing arts, 1990

Theatre for and by young people produced issue based theatre in the 1980s that advocated for...

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The Marat Pack takes on Issue-Based Youth Theatre, 1991

The University of Adelaide contributed a new rigour to the pages of Lowdown in the 1990s....

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Australia's World President at the 1993 Cuba ASSITEJ Congress

Australia's Michael FitzGerald was elected President of ASSITEJ, the International Association...

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The Next Wave of Youth Arts, Victoria, 1992

When did 'youth performing arts' become 'youth arts' in Australia? Although the basic...

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What's Up Down Under? Youth Dance in 1993

It became clear that there was a disparity in support for Australian youth dance companies, as...

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The Big Four Festivals in Australian youth arts in the 1990s

In the late 1990s the big four festivals for Australian youth arts were Come Out in SA, Out of...

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Rostov-on-Don, Russia - the 1996 ASSITEJ Congress

Designer Lou Westbury, from WA's Barking Gecko Theatre Company, reported from Rostov-on-Don in...

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1990-1993 Commentary and History

The 1990s – Decade of the ‘Post-s’ Part I – 1990-1993 A history and...

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One Theatre World, Seattle, USA, 1995

In 1995, YPAA members had a strong presence at the inaugural One Theatre World Festival in...

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