Hot on the heels of a vigorous year of contemporary works and industry events with his production company ‘Collaboration the Project’, renowned choreographer and Melbourne favorite Paul Malek will be dancing to a different tune as choreographer for the highly anticipated season of ‘HAIR: Summer of Love’ which is being staged in the stunning and intimate Chapel Off Chapel from January 31.


Ripe for a change Malek says "I have grown up with Musical Theatre in my life, living and breathing it through high school and in my early 20's. It is great to get back to my roots.”

He has been in high demand after his work on So You Think You Can Dance, so when asked why he chose ‘HAIR: Summer of Love’ to make this transition he states "I don't necessarily see it as a transition, just a part of my own creative journey, I have always wanted at some stage to work in Musical Theatre. The spirited score, passionate story and inspirational message in Hair is exactly what I love about theatre and movement. It truly is a joy to get down to the depths and explore the array of possibilities with Director Robbie Carmellotti, Musical Director Cameron Thomas and the entire Cast."

Age reviewer Jordan Beth Vincent wrote that Malek’s work was “hard hitting with in your face sexuality”. Because he is driven by such passion and drive for his art, Paul explains how his unique and emotional style of movement will translate to the musical theatre genre. “I feel it is becoming a lovely mix. There is a lot of freedom in Hair, where you can add more power to a moment just by a stance or an act of unison with the cast. I feel it more an ever growing arranging then rearranging of movement, rather than choreography. It's like a living organism, moving, growing and changing seamlessly before our eyes. Well that is the aim of course. “


Hair tells the story of a group of politically active, long-haired hippies living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. The musical is renowned for its profane depiction of the use of illegal drugs, treatment of sexuality, irreverence for the American flag and the controversial nude scene. The musical broke new ground in musical theatre by defining the genre of "Rock Musical".

The show has a strong effect on everyone, and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life and Let The Sun Shine In. This show has a vitality, timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960's and early 1970's in America.

Directed by Robbie Carmellotti, a StageArt Executive, published playwright and award winning director, Carmellotti’s vision is to stage the show with the whole intention on the story, the words and the message. “The script and music is so powerful and passionate, I want the audience, to feel, believe and be moved by the beauty of what the show was originally written to achieve” says Carmellotti. Cameron Thomas also joins the team as Musical Director. He has worked with The Production Company, Magnormas and toured Australia and Asia as both a Musical Director, Keys player and Performer. StageArt are thrilled to be a Premiere Event for the 2013 Midsumma Festival. Midsumma is Melbourne’s arts and cultural festival which continues to celebrate queer culture.

A percentage of EVERY ticket sold over the season of HAIR will be donated to the fantastic charity organization Learning for Life Autism Centre which is completely reliant on community support and does great work for children and families living with Autism.


HAIR runs from Jam 31-Feb 17

Tickets $30 – $46