THE FAIRIES NEW website press release by Glen and Camilla Wilson and GW Photography and Onstage Pics Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Zoe Bilston from Sassafras Public Relations, Jen from The Fairies, Ric Arnold, Michele Abbott, Michele Domonkos and Sheena.Hutcheon, Administrator of Economic Development at Wyndham Cultural Centre for this opportunityMichele Abbott
The Fairies The Fairies for anyone not familiar, is a 5 member children’s entertainment group. The group is made up of Harmony & Rhapsody – The Fairies, Barnaby –The Bee, Wizzy The Wizard and Elf – The Fairy Cake Maker.
We attended the Fairies performance at the Wyndham Cultural Center Werribee. The show is a 1 Hour performance containing all of the fairies most popular songs. The show is energetic and lively. The stage set is a simple yet colorful fairy woodlands theme bathed in blue and pink stage lighting –and of course lots of Fairy lights to bring the set to life. The Fairies cast are extremely talented with great vocals, dancing, stage presence and a good sense of humor. The whole cast engage the audience, encouraging audience participation. A special mention to a very talented Elf`s brilliant dancing and hilarious stage antics. The audience was a sea of tutus, fairy wings and waving fairy wands – and yes, the boys were outnumbered at this concert. Children were allowed to freely move to the front of stage and into the isles to dance and sing along. Full marks to the Wyndham Cultural Center the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I have to admit it was fun to watch – and yes I know all the lyrics to all the songs – as a parent of 3 girls and many years of watching the Fairies at home, seeing the show live bough back memories of how special and important shows like the Fairies are to our young children. To take your child along to a live performance and watch the delight on their faces, the awe and wonder and pure excitement they experience: - that is where the Fairies real magic lies.
BALLET REVOLUCION NEW website review by Maria M Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Linda F and Vicky I event management, media and publicity team from AKA-AU for the opportunity to run this editorial and the possibility to advertise this production
With equal parts talent, seduction, and good old-fashioned fun, the potent cocktail that is the Ballet Revolución will leave your head spinning and your spirit soaring. This whirlwind show of colour and muscle is possibly one of the best gigs you'll see all year (get tickets while there's time, then come back and finish this review - trust me!) and the only disappointment comes with the fall of the curtain at the end.
For two glorious hours, the crescendo of movement and music builds - starting with latin beats which give way to steamy pop classics (from Rhianna to Beyonce to Lorde) and finally build to an all-out disco party, fuelled by the endorphins that have filled the State Theatre theatre to bursting.
The choreography is as varied as it is demanding, and expertly handled by the dancers, who shift seamlessly from the virtuoso precision of run-on ballet pirouettes, to powerful street dance and hip-hop, all the way to abstract modern choreography which uses the human form like a paintbrush.
My personal highlight came a few minutes into the second act - two bodies, a male and a female appear onstage, their gold-lit skin catching the spotlight. As the honey-drenched chords of the guitar and trumpet sound, they begin to move t, slowly as if through syrup, twisting against each-other and at times giving the illusion that they are made of the same flesh. They balance against each-other, draw the other near then pull apart again in an organic expression of passion. One has the sense of witnessing a private conversation for which no language yet exists.
Some revolutions start with a gunshot, others with a skillfully worded call to action. The Ballet Revolución needs neither the pen nor the sword - its manifesto is written in the air above the stage, and all the more compelling for it.
Wonderment: “A state of awed admiration or respect.” We see children and babies experience wonderment at the simplest things. It’s a beautiful thing to observe the delight a child can experience from a balloon, for example. As adults the state of wonderment is an elusive one. Perhaps our expectations are set too high for joy. Perhaps our adult brains are just too busy to discover the ‘exceptional’ in life’s simplicities. On Friday night I had the pleasure of reviewing Circus Oz for BRC and found myself observing this state of wonderment on the faces of audience members. Granted it took an acro-balance routine performed on a unicycle, but here we were – adults with busy lives, stresses and complex brain murmurings reduced to children in a state of awed admiration. THIS is the magic of the circus. Circus Oz has something for everyone. Proudly boasting a commitment to humanity, community, diversity and hilarity - Circus Oz maintained this atmosphere from the opening (and beautifully creative) welcome to country, performed by Candy Bowers, to the closing montage woven around the notion of consumerist culture. This may sound a little deep for a circus but personally I loved the addition of a ‘theme’ or central focus that tied the various acts together. It elevated the status of this show to a true artistic accomplishment and was clearly a collaborative effort from what seems like a real ‘family’ of cast members. Your whole family will enjoy this. From the relaxed atmosphere to the extraordinary stunts, every age will feel welcome and entertained. The music is live and lively, the acrobatics will inspire and the variety of comedy and clowning throughout the show will keep everyone’s eyes glued on the stage. Lilikoi Kaos will amaze with so many hula hoops around her waist that she resembles a human slinky, Spenser Inwood is beautifully strong in a static trapeze act, Sharon Gruenert will make you want to re-think your gym program just looking at her (oh so much strength) April Dawson and Kyle Raferty perform stunning acro-balance feats while gliding (seemingly) effortlessly on a unicycle. Of course this is not the whole cast – just a few highlights. It must be mentioned how insanely multi-talented this cast is. They all performed in numerous roles, had the comedic timing of the best clowns, the strength of skilled athletes and were all a delight to watch. A must see!! Circus Oz is here over the school holidays and is touring for a strictly limited season. All the details are on the Circus Oz website.
SWAN LAKE BY ST PETERSBURG BALLET website review by Glen Maddern Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Justine Caldwell and Mollison Group for the opportunity and for their constant support of our editorial and advertising work
"...The theatre fills, the boxes glisten, The orchestra, the stalls, they seethe, The circle claps to make all happen, The rustling curtain as we breathe Soars, glistening half-ethereal, To the magic bow in thrall, A host of nymphs around her, so Istomina stands, serious One foot planted, pirouettes Takes a leap and, like down, sets Off as if blown by Aeolus, Twists her waist one way, another, Spins, beats one foot on the other..." .........................................................A.S. Pushkin 'Eugene Onegin'
We had the pleasure of attending a wonderful performance of Swan Lake by the St Petersberg Ballet Theatre on Monday. Initially surprised by the choice of venue (the Plenary at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition centre), once the lights dimmed the talent on display was captivating. Swan Lake is one of the most technically demanding ballets that I've seen, and the 30-odd performers were in impressive form throughout.
The show runs for roughly three hours, with the final two acts (which were the most engaging) being broken up by what seems like a superfluous second intermission, but overall the experience is an excellent one. Irina Kolesnikova as Odette-Odile is particularly impressive — the whole production revolves around her commanding presence on stage, and might be worth the price of admission on its own.
MELBOURNE CABARET FESTIVAL A MATCH MADE IN HARMONY website Review by Crystal Corocher Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to David the Festival manager for supporting our editorial and adverstising work for many years
A Match made in Harmony – Ginger & Tonic featuring Suade
To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from a Match made in Harmony, but when it comes to Cabaret I love not knowing what to expect. I want to be shocked, surprised, amazed. I want to be immersed in something out of the ordinary and get caught out. So when I left Chapel off Chapel with lyrics like “everyone is somebody’s arsehole” in my head I thought – perfect! Now, an hour of acapella won’t always get the punters racing out to see it. So let me dare you….race…race now and let two extraordinary vocal groups breathe new life into acapella for your listening pleasure. Impressive singing is not the only reason to see this show. The songs were clever, really clever. I couldn’t help noticing the varied age of audience members all of whom were in giggle fits at some point. Remember, the Melbourne Cabaret Festival is here for a good time not a long time, so don’t delay. Check out A Match Made in Harmony now playing at Chapel off Chappel http://www.melbournecabaret.com/ also http://chapeloffchapel.com.au/melbourne-comedy-theatre-art/melbourne-events/melbourne-cabaret/a-match-made-in-harmony-featuring-suade-and-ginger-tonic-19-27-jun/