photo by Alex Black/Arastou Mirshahi at So Frenchy So Chic
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ELEANOR'S STORY: AN AMERICAN GIRL IN HITLER'S GERMANY NEW website review by Kieran McNamara Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Kieran for this brief, the performers, the play management team, Encore PR and personally Lynda Buckley for this opportunity .
Here are my words from the excellent show last night and I’ve attached the photos that Lynda provided:
Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany
Last night we attended the opening night of Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany at Chapel Off Chapel in The Loft. Ingrid Garner created and stars in the 60 minute show which is based on her Grandmother's life when at 9 years old, Eleanor and her family left New York bound for Germany just prior to the Second World War.
The show consists of Ingrid, two chairs and a foot locker and these are all used to represent different environments in a simple and effective manner. There is also a mix of voice over and a slideshow projected onto the wall on the back of the stage of photos that show elements of the story as it progresses. Ingrid does a wonderful job of presenting an engaging and emotional story with a mix of emotions with the occasional laugh as well. I felt the show represented very accurately the emotional story that was being shared with us.
The show is 60 minutes long and the pace was just right with Ingrid portraying multiple characters in an interesting way. From Eleanor to her brother and parents, it was clear who was being represented without creating any confusion. We had a glimpse of the vulnerable and naive Eleanor. Her development during the war due to her experiences and conditions from the point of view of someone living through such a horrendous period with the challenges of lack of food, basic utilities, distrust amongst the population, rumours of horrors to come and the bombing and shelling with the threat of death.
It was a very powerful and moving story and especially interesting for me was that it was created by Ingrid about her Grandmother. It's an interesting and engaging story and worth going to see. The play covers a period of her life but the autobiography written by Eleanor includes more stories and experiences so for those who want more, they can read it. A very enjoyable and thought provoking story told by a regular person of their experiences. I highly recommend attending the show before it closes on Sunday 20 March.
JURASSIC CREATURES: THE ICE AGE EXHIBITION NEW website review by Natasha Aksenova Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to the organisers , PR and Marketing Team and personally to Katerina Dassios for this opportunity for our media team to review the show.
EXPLORE AN ANCIENT WORLD! My kids were waiting Jurassic Creatures event for two weeks. Eventually we attended on 12.3.16. Girls woke up by themselves at 7 am in order not to be late as the event was suposed to start at 10 am in Docklands. What an amazing experience was it for the kids; both entertaining and educational! Jurassic creatures are not stationary, they are moving! You will be impressed with how Prehistoric Creatures are displayed! There are games, music and lights that are so unforgettable! The snowflakes were falling from the "sky" and reminded us the winters in Russia! My kids were provided with an expert digger outfit before chipping away to unearth their fossils - what a fun activity! Me met Buddy and Tiny from Dinosaur Train and saw them during an exciting onstage show! We also had a chance to get photographed with them! Kids enjoyed some art and craft actvities as there were so many different things to do for them. They created some awesome dinosaur art pictures and were very proud of their work. We also saw fossil displays. Moreover, you can buy very good quality food and drinks at the exhibition! My kids liked it too! Chips and hotdogs were a great delight for the addiion to the fun! The chairs an the table were nice and comfortable to seat and dine! As a bonus, there were outside amusement activities which made my kids jump with even more excitement (please come and check it out for yourself!). On the way home my kids were counting their presents as they won them in some activities and asked me to come back there one ore time. Absolutely definitely: the JURASSIC CREATURES is better to see that to talk about!.
MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: AN ALPINE SYMPHONY NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ‘An Alpine Symphony’ GIVEN AT THE HAMER HALL, Arts Centre Melbourne on 11/3/2016. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis, Soloist: Ray Chen (Violin), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus conducted by Anthony Pasquill PROGRAMME: Vaughan Williams – ‘Serenade to Music’, Tchaikovsky – ‘Violin Concerto in D’, Richard Strauss: ‘An Alpine Symphony’.
In a perfect setting, the packed audience buzzed with high expectations of a grand concert. With a mighty Chorus back-staging the Orchestra, the ‘Serenade to Music’ began serenely with some beautiful work on the violin by Concertmaster Dale Barltrop followed by rich harmonies from the Choir. As we followed ‘The Merchant of Venice’ text from Shakespeare, the music enfolded a variety of feelings with great balance and musical power from the full ensemble. Although the piece was only 15 minutes and reflected sadness (reflections of the horrors of WW1), we were touched by the uplifting rich blend of the strings and the harp. Sir Andrew Davis’ conducting was impeccable, bringing out the essence of the composer’s intentions of colourful musicality that concluded in calm and gentleness – helped along by the hall’s excellent acoustics! Full marks also to Anthony Pasquill.
The intricate and melodic Violin Concerto by Tchaikovsky followed with Ray Chen taking command in a rich, lyrical and well controlled manner, blending tunefully with the dynamic orchestra and showing superb balance. Great connection between Soloist and conductor! The Cadenza by Ray was absolutely captivating that showed off not just his virtuosity, but the full richness of his ‘Joachim’ Stradivarius violin dating from 1715. The slow and beautiful second movement followed, known as ‘Canzonetta’ that changed into a G minor key and apart from some well rounded and heartfelt work from the soloist, we took delight in the wonderful interplay from the flutes. With a well delivered ending, the piece continued directly into the vivacious second movement (Finale) without a break. The excitement intensified with solid support from the woodwind section supporting some energetic and highly complex passages by Ray Chen, adding to a rich fusion, integration and embellishment by the orchestra. It was clear to see the bonding connection between the conductor and soloist ending the concerto with style, flair and magnificent intensity. Following rapturous applause, we were treated to an encore of two solo pieces – Caprice 21 by Paganini and a Rondo by Bach – both played with great virtuosity and accuracy. Besides the above, the audience delighted in Ray’s sense of humour and confident manner. A most memorable performance all round! Following the interval, the orchestra regrouped to form a huge ensemble of over 110 musicians including eight double bases, ten cellos, a heckelphone (an oboe like instrument but pitched an octave lower), a wind machine, cowbells and even a thunder machine! The 22 continuous movements of the ‘Alpine Symphony’ describe musically, a full day of adventures in the Alps from dusk till dawn, drawing on Richard Strauss’ own experiences – travelling through forests, waterfalls, meadows, pastures, thickets and glaciers to reach the summit of a stormy mountain and eventually tackling the descent. Having so many continuous movements, some as short as 1-2 minutes, it was difficult for the general audience to distinguish all the sections throughout the 50 minute performance. Although the orchestra delivered a sensitive but powerful interpretation, a visual backdrop of scenery would have made a huge impact. The piece can be described as a massive tone poem, unlike some of the works by Liszt like ‘Les Preludes “which is much sorter. There was also some influences from Wagner sprinkled within the piece. However; this unique work was expertly performed by the orchestra led by Dale Barltrop and under the superb direction of Sir Andrew Davis. A terrific set of concerts! by SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect).14 March 2016
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA EXHIBITION: 200 YEARS OF AUSTRALIAN FASHION NEW website press release by Irina Ivanova
What is Australian Fashion? Symposium 200 Years of Australian Fashion Exhibition @NGV Australia, Ian Potter Centre
Really, what is it, genuine Australian Fashion? Is there such a thing? Does it have its own identity? Or is it just a copy of European and American brands? Are we tasteless or kitsch? Do we have anything of our own, the embodiment of Australian culture represented in its own symbolic fashion? Are we satisfied with the quality of rag trade publications, retail outlets, and fashion events? What do we think about the image of Australian fashion around the world? Do our upcoming designers get enough support? What does globalisation do to the industry? Do our fashion institutions provide their students with up-to-date business techniques and marketing tools?
These were some of the questions covered during the ‘What is Australian Fashion?’ Symposium. The speakers’ panel included leading Australian fashion designers, NGV curators, fashion historians and researchers, editors of famous glossy magazines such as Vogue Australia and i-D Australia, executives of Melbourne fashion runways, and managers of the city central retail outlets. The commentators were exploring the history and future of producing, presenting and promoting of Australian Fashion, its challenges and opportunities.
After the enthralling talk the visitors were offered a chance to view the newest NGV exhibition of 200 Years of Australian Fashion witch will be held in Ian Potter Centre until 31 July. This was truly a captivating experience, something not to be missed. Attention to all the Melbournian fashionistas, history lovers, art admirers, dressmakers, retail workers, aspiring designers, visual artists and many more! This is where you can trace the development of Australian fashion trade over the two centuries and grasp the creations of leading local designers in all the intricate details.
How did Australian fashion change over decades? What influences did it have? Who are the most celebrated local designers? Are we ready for reincarnation of the renowned fashion apostles such as Flamingo Park place or Georges department store? NGV Australia’s exhibition ‘200 Years of Australian Fashion‘ explores the changes in our fashion landscape, its milestones and the future of the rag trade development. Stay tuned for more details, and make time to visit the exhibition, because it’s really worth it!
Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Keiko for this exclusive invite and the opporunity to cover the exhibition opening and to Manish for beautiful photos.
LOVE JUNKYARD JAZZ BAND CONCERT NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF GIG GIVEN BY ‘LOVE JUNKYARD’ AT BRIDIE O’REILEY’S, BRUNSWICK
ON SUNDAY 6 MARCH 2016, AS PART OF THE BRUNWICK MUSIC FESTIVAL. The Band: Leesa Farrugia – Vocals, Rob Davies – Electric Guitar, Matthew Arnold – Violin.
Despite the buzzing pub atmosphere, the band swung into their first ten numbers with confidence, displaying their range of mainly original material. The song about ‘Keys’ (and losing them) had excellent drive and generated a ‘bluesy’ aroma. This was followed by ‘You’ll find Love’ that showcased the lyrical side of Leesa, complemented by some terrific work from Rob and Matt. The third offering was Leesa’s composition about long term relationships – a penetrating performance from Leesa that embraced a pensive, sad and melodious flavour complimented expertly by well improvised solo fiddling from Matt. With a change of pace, the band took us back to the 60’s with Donovan’s ‘Sunshine Superman’ – a very original interpretation full of bounce and drive ( it would have brought back some memories to a few). In the next number (‘Walking in Slow Motion’), the band’s strong cohesion was very expressive that gave us an interesting and touching insight into feelings retrospective to WW1. Jumping to the late sixties, the notable Jimi Hendrix song ‘Up from the Skies’ was given new life. Depicting the concerns of an Extraterrestrial visiting Earth, the band’s delivery was superb – notably the brilliant rhythmic drive from Rob. Following the Jimi Hendrix experience, we were treated to a most beautiful song composed my Leesa about her daughter (Taylor) called ‘Planet Girl’. The pretty and flowing song in a minor key expressed melancholic feelings of love and caring. After cruising through the captivating ‘Just Start Believing’, another original composition followed called ‘Gypsy Love’. The atmosphere of the desert came to life supported by some magnificent work from Matt with a great solo, featuring distortions and special effects. To finish off, ‘Voodoo Child’ came to life. With a fusion of rock and blues, this was a fitting ending, again with some a superlative violin solo work from Matt. So, how do we sum up the Band? Fresh, inventive, soulful, pulsating, lyrical, exploratory, interesting, engaging, coherent and lastly a musical force worth listening to! Thank you for the opportunity to see you and talk to you before and after the event. However, Love Junkyard deserves a more focused audience that steers away from a ‘Pub setting’. I wish the Band a successful future, producing many more engaging and meaningful original songs to follow. Look forward to tracking and attending future events. Sylvester Kroyherr (Musician/Singer/Architect). 8/3/2016
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ‘Winter Daydreams’ GIVEN AT XAVIER COLLEGE on (5/3/2016) – Conductor: Mark Shiell, Soloist: Hoang Pham (Piano) Venue: Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre. Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Zelman Symphony Orchestra PR and Marketing Team and George Deutsch and Holly Hayes personally for this opportunity and immaculate organisation skills
Following an informative pre concert introduction by Mark Shiell who engaged a young Tchaikovsky in conversation (acted out by cellist d’Artagnan Skendzic), the fascination grew from the packed audience in expectation of a Tchaikovsky rich evening. The powerful start to the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 enraptured everyone in a sense of sheer command and control, embellishing passion and brilliance. Virtuosity showed not just from the soloist but the flutist Carol Galea, delivering a wonderful blend of harmonious musical essence. Worthy of mention was the terrific cadenza performed by Hoang that left us speechless in its musical cohesion and spirit. The second movement again revelled in a beautiful flute introduction, so gentle and sweet! Hoang moved further into his creative interpretation and flurry, producing a greatly expressive and gentle ending to the movement. The next and final movement set off in a very energetic fashion braced with intensity and flavoursome musicality. The audience were at their seat’s edge – expectations of a big and powerful ending. Following a superb cadenza solo, the awaited explosive ending was no surprise, but the ecstatic audience was enraptured and calling for an encore. To conclude the first half, Hoang gifted the audience with two beautiful Chopin Nocturnes delivered in a pensive and masterful manner. Congratulations to a rising talent with great sensitivity, musical backbone and intensity. The energetic and nurtured direction of conductor Mark Shiell continued in the second half presenting Symphony No 1 by Tchaikovsky – Winter Daydreams. With a dreamy start, the energy bubbled with excitement - a wonderful interplay between the strings and woodwind. The inventiveness and traits of Tchaikovsky’s genius showed its presence as the orchestra nurtured his folk filled melodies. With the second movement – Land of Desolation, the orchestra provided a serene string introduction. Praises to the oboe, flute and clarinet sections that created a melodious combination that eventually ended in a gentle and serene ending by the full orchestra. Intricacy and delicacy started the third movement that flowed into a waltz which demonstrated the smooth interplay and coordination between the strings and woodwind. As for the final movement, the quiet and gentle beginning flowered into bloom with flavoursome harmonies, especially from the strings. To conclude, the audience was treated to a finale blended with rich and full bodied harmonious musicality – an outcome to give satisfaction to all at this musical event! Full marks to Mark Shiell and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, as we look forward to future events in 2016 and beyond. A very enjoyable and enriching concert to start the New Year – congratulations to everyone, including all the volunteers! SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect) 8 March 2016
The idea of this production is quite brave: there are not professional actresses taken for this project and united by the idea of also not professional theater director. I believe it was scary to go ahead with such project. But it works marvelous! Not for one minute we, the audience were doubting in any "un-professionalism", on the contrary: we all were surprised by the highly skilled performance of all 5 Women! When I say not professional I of course mean that they did not graduate from any of the theatrical institution nor they are educated stage-wise: they were simply taught by Life and picked up by the good eyes of the theater director.
This production is a self- realisation of the theater director and it is manifested in an unusual performance with seemingly no obvious plot - the "story line" is presented without any words pronounced, but nevertheless in no silence: the sounds are everywhere around the viewer. You can call this production surrealistic but I would not do it. It is more realistic than reality. There are multiple situations happening on the stage. We recognise them and guess what is going on. The performance reminds you on a pantomime rather than your common classical theater.
The features of women's life are revealed in all their bright beauty and even brighter ugliness at the same time: gossips, arguments, competition, behavioral patterns, boredom, love for colorful clothes and so much more. The 5 Women freely express those special ways the women are perceived by the society
They are all different: young, middle age, intelligent, simple, tall and short, they play with sensationally fine plasticity and grace and expressive body language at the same time: they move free around the stage as they belong there. They are One Woman in Many.
What was missing apart from all these warm words that we wanted to say? Probably the main core that we could not catch up perhaps, the core that would unite all single "falling apart" episodes in One Whole Picture. We also believe the ending should be more powerful with an accent on that core. But perhaps it just went by unnoticed by us... perhaps we did not grasp this.
FASHION WEEK LAS VEGAS NEW behind the scenes snapshots by Corina Stefan website
FWLV Runway director, Russell Frank made a short presentation of 2 designer collections : SARAKARAY (Kenya) and MALANSKI (New York).
Sarakaray is a bold, exquisite, out of the box, high end clothing line based in Nairobi, Kenya with aims to become a global brand. With a strong eye for tailoring and fit, the clothing line aims to create outfits that compliment every size. Sarakaray believes that every figure can look good in a custom made outfit at the hand of a creative designer. Sarakaray line is runway couture to street inspired. Malanski Swim Collection Malanski refreshingly fuses edgy contemporary trends with the traditional garment. Hand-stitched beading, luxurious soft leather, elegant textiles, feathers, sequins, and exquisite designs make each custom corset unique. “Executed with care and elegance, the aesthetics combine a traditional structured frame with modern and daring details that accentuate a woman so delicately. I wanted to bring fashion to sexy.”
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MEATSTOCK FESTIVAL SYDNEY NEW
press release and photos by Lewis Benge. website Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Jay Beaumont at Meatstock Marketing Management for the opportunity to review this event
Meat, Beards, Smoke.. Welcome to MeatStock! Sunday 14th February, wasn’t just day of love for the die-hard carnivorous folk of Sydney, but it also saw Sydney Showground host the inaugural MeatStock event. The American-inspired BBQ festival saw thousands of visitors come along to witness teams from around the world compete in competitions across BBQ styles, butchers, and barbers; and certainly the weekends heat was no match for some of the culinary delights being presented and offered to the judges of the event. BBQ in Australia has long been seen as a grill-only style affair, but after spending a couple of hours watching masters in their culinary fields go through the process of preparing long cooks, using old-school cuts of meat such as brisket and ribs once seen as wastage, and techniques such as smoking, rubs, and various ingenious BBQ designs you quickly start to appreciate the skill and passion the American culture has invested into the BBQ techniques. It wasn’t the teams from Louisiana, or the other US contingents that where leading the way however. The majority of teams where Aussies, standing proud, having not only mastered the techniques, but introducing their own twists and creative flair allowing the competition which was not only being heated by the hot coals, and sunny weather. The food being produced by these teams was extraordinary, and getting to sample slow roasted meat that could be pulled apart in your fingers, or beef that could be cut like a hot knife through butter was an amazing experience for any foodie. The BBQ kings where not the only meaty part of the show. The butcher wars, running in parallel to the BBQ cook-offs where incredibly enjoyable. The traditional butcher is once again becoming a more prominent high-street affair in our towns across the state, and it’s great to see the artisan professions being able to compete on a central stage with hundreds of people cheering them on. The challenge was set with multiple butchers on stage having to cut down and prepare large sides of pork and lamb. You get a true sense of profession when you witness the knife, butchery, and food presentation skills these individuals have to go about on a day to day basis being performed under a condensed time pressure with multiple judges, and a watchful audience peering on. The meatiness of the event kept on flowing with a great amount of vendors offering tasty treats, as well as gourmet sauces, rubs, and what can only be described as BBQ magic available to trial and purchase. Overall the MeatStock experience was a foodie delight that I wouldn’t have expected Sydney to have executed so well. The event was well organised, and had great attendance, and it is likely it will only get bigger, better, and meatier in 2017.
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NATALIE VOLYANSKA BELLY DANCING ST KILDA MUSIC FESTIVAL NEW review by Irina Ivanova
Belly Danceingon St Kilda Shore Bursts out with Love
This Valentine’s Day was very special for me indeed!
The morning I spent with my darling husband having the most fantastic brekkie in our local café [The Garden of Good and Evil, Cheltenham]. Then we picked up our kids from my mother who’s always happy to have them for a sleepover, so lucky for us! Together we browsed through the rows of local produce in the Cheltenham Rotary Market and surely found some awesome bargains and tremendous treasures, including the superb “Lucky Dips” from the loveliest lady who sells them for only $1 each and has a variety of age and gender groups available. They’re great for a surprise gift for the kid you love!
Our midday was about meeting friends and children’s parties. And in the evening I caught up with another belly-dance lover to go to the Oriental Queens Bellydance performance at the St Kilda Music Festival. We couldn’t believe how many people there were! As I heard on the radio later it was about 40,400!! No wonder it was hard to find a parking spot.
Well, our aim was to grab some happy middle-eastern vibes and do some shimmy. And OH we did! The performers were breathtaking in their vibrant colourful costumes. The cheerful music instantly made the crowd dance in joy. There was not a soul who could resist participating in the belly dance workshop, and certainly there were lines of people wanting to join the dancing club afterwards. The fascinating show and beautiful smiles of performers have charged the folk for good. Floating silks and sexy lycra, sparkly jewelry and opulent makeup, vivacious melodies and the whole atmosphere of life celebration – these are the things that make me LOVE belly dance! And one more thing: it’s absolutely great for both women and men (!) at any age, size or shape.
So why don’t you try it out? Come join us for the upcoming 6-week belly dance course with Alisa Bellydancer, to be held in South Yarra studio, commencing on the 27th of February. More information ask Irina Ivanova where you can learn Belly Dancing. Irina Ivanova / Natalie Volyanska
ANOTHER OTHER NEW website review by Jennifer Zaman Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Imbi Neeme, program coordinator at Chamber Made Opera and Ben Starick at Starling PR for the opportunity to review this production
ANOTHER OTHER: BODIES OF MATERIAL
An exceptional form of Opera it was-“Another Other”, commissioned by Chamber Made Opera! Watching the show gave out the sense of watching short images of scattered movies emanating from several screens at the same time. This unconventional form of opera creates an illusion with different sets of abstract images and music-both pre-recorded and live. There is no continuous story-telling, just in case anyone’s expecting it; rather it is a symbolic adaptation of the movie “Persona” , a 1966 black and white Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman with the sheer aid of intelligent lighting, sound and pieces of abstract images, all spun together to present an experience unheard of. “Persona” revolves around the cynical story of a young nurse named Alma (Bibi Andersson) and her patient, a well-known stage actress named Elisabet Vogler (Liv Ullmann), who suddenly ceased to speak.
The music of the opera is pre-dominantly dark holding within its fold a sinister atmosphere which vividly represents the bleakness of the story in the movie. “Persona” was graded as a psychological drama and a major contribution to the 20th century cinema and the opera manages to keep up to this repute.
The Opera is a real time re-creation of the then master-piece (Persona) with all the performers i.e. Natasha Anderson, Sabina Maselli, Anthony Pateras and Erkki Veltheim blending in their best skills and expertise right in front of the audiences to present a show which, most likely, is somewhat of a pseudo-opera, yet it keeps one wondering about the dream-like and surreal miracle that art, technology, music, lights and cinema can together create over and over again. It is a walk away from traditional Opera and opens up a new era of modern art in its myriad forms.
An in-depth understanding of the Opera can be derived from the words spoken by one of its performing artists Erkki Veltheim.
Here is an excerpt from the interview with Erkki Veltheim, the Violinist and Artistic Associate for Chamber Made Opera:
Jennifer Zaman (JZ): What made you opt for this unconventional mode of Opera rather than the tradition ones? Erkki: Well I guess “us “as Artists and Chamber Made Opera as a company, are interested in finding new ways to visualise sound and vision and I believe the opera format we interpret is a very open way. As Artists at the Chamber Made Opera we believe that this is the original multi-media art form and I suppose the creative mission of this Opera is to push the boundaries of what we can regard as Opera. We are hoping that the people coming to watch this shows wonder what Opera can be and can do and we think they would ask the question as to what can be considered as Opera. As to Natasha, Anthony and I, we come from music background and we are all composers, performers and improvisers and we all work with electro-acoustic music as well and Sabina a visual artist and works with installation, film and video. So, this work is very much to do with us combining our specific disciplines in a way that we think fits Chamber Made Opera’s creative direction.
JZ: What was your inspiration behind this act? Erkki: This particular show took inspiration from the Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona”. We are interested in this film. It is from 1966 and it’s got its 50th birthday this year and it comes from a very modernist time and film-maker. This particular film was quite a radical piece of cinema at that time because it really questioned what cinema can do and within it has interwoven this critique of cinema as an art form as well as what art can do. The other thing that we were interested in was this idea of identity being a malleable thing; identity is almost like wearing a mask that you can change and can recognise the fluidity of your ego and identity. So, they are the two things- self-critique of art and critique of identity that Bergman was talking about in “Persona”, that interested us and we think that those are still relevant 50 years on. In the way that Bergman made “Persona” was this kind of de-constructive thing that we think of as the creation of post-modernism. We are interested in de-construction of the film at itself and also our own disciplines as well. Opera is an art form and so we try to stick to certain kind of formulas, principles like the film had; we stick very much to the structure of the film which are the scenes and the temporal structures but then each scene we interpret in a very free way so you get this strange combination of informal and very free elements or we have improvised those spontaneous elements.
JZ: What were you thinking when you made this act, in terms of being able to grab attention of the audience with something so different? Erkki: We tried to look at the broad theme of “Persona” as a film and when we looked at each scenes of the film we tried to communicate our interpretation on a more abstract, aesthetic or physical level. This film itself has this kind of fractures in the narrative but as for us we wanted to deal with the material in a way that we were holding to communicate in a very direct aesthetic way. So, the one thing that we decided very early on was that the visual in our show would represent one character in the film “Elisabet” who is mute and the sonic would represent the other character Alma, the nurse. We set up this dramatic kind of structure between the sound and the visuals and then we tried to find different ways that the visuals and the sounds could be set so there is hierarchy between each other; so sometimes the sound dominates and sometimes the visuals. And within each we try to find ways to represent how we felt about each scene in a phenomenological way so to create a certain kind of atmosphere or certain kind of fracture, for instance.
JZ: What was the idea behind the dark music; how well did you think would it go with the story? Erkki: The film itself is a very dark; I mean there are moments of... I would not say comedy but of relief as well. It is quite a serious film and very formal. So, I supposed we are trying to capture that ascent of the film but also we did want to have elements of this kind of dark comic moments because a lot of those questions that Bergman was dealing with, we are taking it from a distance and we can have a laugh at it and that sometimes ridiculing serious things could take you somewhere, like comedy itself, however dark. It’s often a tool for discovering perspective on something very serious.
JZ: What role has technology to play in this act? Erkki: The whole show runs to a clock that is driven by one of the computers and it is very much tied to that measurement of time. There are pre-recorded elements of the video and audio which are very mechanical and they are tied to this clock. And then within that we have live performances in which we play in a more free way. We still follow the structure but of course, when you play live things can happen that you cannot predict. So, we have got this tension between the pre-recorded and live material which adds a new tension of this game, this idea, a critique of modernism which tries to be very formal and symmetrical but then real life does not play along that game. So, as artists, we keep complicating or jeopardizing the workings of the machine. We look at ourselves very much as the operators of these machines that we brought to life any way.
JZ: Would you like to call this the ‘modern’ Opera? Erkki: I would almost say that it is post-modern Opera in a way, in the sense that it de-constructs the way Opera works and de-constructs the art form.
JZ: I would categorise this Opera as “unconventional”. What do you think should the audience have in their minds when they come to watch such shows and what can they take from here? Erkki: They would be happy to allow the unconventional performance; it is unconventional right from the beginning; the way the seating banks are organised and the screens that separate the audience. It is kind of an invitation to enter this new world which, hopefully, is a multi-sensory one for the audience. If they come with an open mind, open eyes and open ears I would hope that they would be taken on a trip that they are not quite sure where it is going and that they are happy to experience the ride. That is the kind of idea.
JZ: How long does it take for you all to prepare for a show? Erkki: We spent 3 weeks developing it in 2014 and then we spent another couple of days before previous season at the end of 2014. And then this year we spent another few weeks just re-visiting and doing more developments. The time in between is as important as the time we spend working on it because it gives us a chance to reflect on the show and for new ideas to develop. So, possibly when we do it again it will be different, yet again!
JZ: So, what is your next project? Erkki: (chuckles) I have not thought about it yet. Let me finish this one first. Ask me again on Monday. Hopefully we will do something together very soon.
Yak Ales Barbecue Festival - Melbourne Today was the Yak Ales Barbecue Festival in Melbourne and it was held at the beautiful Flemington Racecourse. It was pretty easy to get there by tram although trains were also running and there was plenty of parking available for those that drove. The event was spread out over a large area and felt relaxed and that there was plenty of space to walk around and enjoy the sights and smells of various BBQ related food venues. We started with a pulled beef sandwich with pickles and mustard from Fancy Hanks which was extremely enjoyable and tasty. The staff were happy and friendly and this was something we experienced from all of the different places we visited. To get a feel for the event, we wondered around the entire site. We saw several Yak Ales bars, plenty of BBQ food vendors, BBQ sales companies and the competitors preparing their products for the judging competitions. The judging ranged from butchers preparing plates for three judges to the competitors preparing lamb, chicken, ribs, etc. The judging required that all judges be accredited and there were experienced judges from around Australia and from the USA. Some judges were at their first competition and they'd undertaken a day of training to prepare them. Never having seen this kind of judging, it was interesting to watch the process and listen to the experts provide guidance for the inexperienced judges. We didn't see any mad running to the judging area with those last minute entries although apparently that did occur in Sydney. Along with the different BBQ foods, there were options for dessert and drinks. There was a face painting and activity area for the little kids and for the older kids, a jumping castle and rides. The demonstration tent had a variety of demonstrations with questions and samples provided with the timetable clearly displayed to enable us to prepare a plan for anything demonstrations we wanted to see. The main stage was used for music acts to entertain the crowd while they sat at tables enjoying their food and drinks. I really enjoyed listening to Sunny Hawkins entertain the crowd with his singing. It was a fun day trying different food, talking to people selling BBQ equipment, cook books and watching the competitors preparing their entries for judging. Watching the judging of the competitors entries and the butchers being judged on their plates was very interesting as my only experience of this previously was watching the American competitions on TV. The judges provided commentary and explanation and answered questions so that we could get a better understanding of what was happening. The staff at the various food trucks, tents, trailers, bars were friendly and happy and entertaining so even though it was a very hot day in the sun, it was very enjoyable. The first aid tent was providing sunscreen and water was available from the bars and different locations spread through the venue. There were queues for food and drinks but it was run smoothly and didn't take long to be served. This was a very enjoyable day and something I'll definitely go to again. We enjoyed the atmosphere, venue, variety and friendly staff and a worthwhile day out in a great venue. Next time, we'll try more foods and maybe even purchase the sauces and wines for sale.
REVIEW OF JAZZ CONCERT BY CONNIE LANSBERG AND TRIO AT A SECRET PLACE IN CBD, MELBOURNE (4/2/2016)
The beautiful and lavish X**** Club hosted a warm and engaging jazz singer of brilliance. Connie connected with the audience even prior to her performance with great warmth and intensity. Starting with an original composition, (Twinkle Twinkle), she set the pace with “Whistling away the dark” – a haunting number encapsulating melodies of the deep. As we listened to “You hit the spot”, the brilliance of Tom Hanson on piano was overwhelmingly touching that was followed by the “Wave” (Jobin) – great lyricism and superb keyboard manifestation. The second half breezed in with “Everything happens with me” followed by “Ooh ooh ooh what moonlight can do do do” – the place was swinging! We were then treated with an original composition by Connie of “Ghost in the night” – a haunting and intricate piece of beauty. The audience was moved by the imagery of the the wonderful song “Lazy afternoon” – a standard Jerome Moross and John Latouche. “Call me back” and “No ordinary love” peppered the scene with delight as we swayed in appreciation. Yes, we could have danced all night, but a farewell was in the air. Top marks to the trio, namely Tom Hanson on piano, Paige Smith on base and Peter Hodges on drums. What a memorable evening of quality jazz music with the bonus of original and well constructed material from the beautiful Connie Lansberg. Sylvester Kroyherr (Singer/Musician). 4/2 20016
BOILERMAKER HOUSE BAR AND RESTAURANT website review by Glen and Camilla Wilson from GW Photography and Onstage Pix One of the perks of being a Wedding Photographer is the chance to sample some of Melbourne`s finest restaurants and venues menus. Melbourne’s Boilermaker House rates among the best – dare I say the best food I’ve ever eaten.
For anyone not familiar with a Boilermaker it’s a shot of whisky followed by a pint of Beer. Boilermaker house has 700 whiskies and over 70 crafted beers both on tap and bottled.
Our menu for the evening was a matched dinner – each course accompanied by a complimenting Boilermaker or cocktails.
Entrée Small Ploughman’s platter combining House made pickles, Mild & Spicy Salami`s Duck & Pistachio Rillet and one of the finest chicken liver pate`s I’ve ever tasted.
Main was a sampling of: Char grilled Duck breast with rhubarb puree – cooked to perfection. Lamb & Paprika sausages with romesco sauce. Heirloom tomatoes salad with PX dressing – simply amazing. Fried zucchini flowers with an olivade – these are delicious and also served as a bar snack.
Desert & Cheeses Neroni Marshmallo, Salted Caramel fudge and a chocolate lovers sensation – Chocolate truffle. Riverine Blue & Le Delice Des Cremiers cheeses.
My favorite selection of drinks: A sensational coffee cocktail: The Inherent Vice- Whisky Stout reduction, white chocolate & Pistachio liquer with fresh expresso. Newstead smoking swine ale – Beer filtered through Smoky Bacon.
The venue is has great atmosphere – soft lighting, rustic brickwork & exposed beams, decorated with books and a treasure trove of quirky ornaments ranging from Diving helmets to whisky bottles.
Blues music plays in the back ground to complete the mood. A centerpiece is a magnificent table present by the Balvenie Distillery Scotland.
Dine in intimate booths, sit at the bar or relax in 1 of 3 open dining areas.
Melbourne’s` Boilermaker House offers 5 star class dining in a relaxed environment and first class service.
The staff have exceptional knowledge of their product range and a genuine passion and enthusiasm for their work.
Our host for the evening, Stephanie was friendly, and helpful, guiding us through every aspect of the food and drinks menu.
Boilermaker house is a great place to enjoy fine food and drinks and totally lose yourself in the whole experience , our dinner lasted over 4 hours – time really does fly when you’re having fun.
Boilermaker house is open from 4 pm till 3amMonday to Friday and 3pm till 3amweekends.
Dinner is served until 10 pm weekdays and 11 pm weekends and bar food till 3 am.
The mix of single malt whisky, fine crafted beers and cocktails accompanied by exquisite food, makes Melbourne`s Boilermaker House a must visit for food, Beer & Whisky lovers.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA: ANDY WARHOL AND AN WEIWEI AND FRIDAY NIGHT JAN 22 WITH JENNY HVAL website FRIDAY NIGHTS press release by Irina Ivanova photos: Ina Parakhina
Last Friday I was one of the lucky people visiting NGV after 6pm, as it was time for special evening viewings held every week. The spellbinding atmosphere of the night at the gallery was perfect for chillaxing after a workweek. There’s music, food, entertainment, beautiful gardens and plenty of room to catch up with friends or meet new ones. Everything that Melbourne loves is embodied at this world-famous destination.
This summer NGV presents the two cult personalities: Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei, exposed in their undeniable similarities. Although these artists belong to different circles and time frames, there are plenty of things connecting their oeuvres. Both very loud in their self-expression, Warhol and Weiwei have left a generous footprint on the art history trail.
The Weiwei’s part of exhibition begins with a really impressive Map of China, finely carved from Tieli wood (oldest Chinese hardwood indigenous to China) by crafty carpenters directed by Ai Weiwei in 2008. The map was constructed of pieces rescued from the ruins of temples from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Thereby this sculpture is believed to incarnate the connection between China’s past and its present.
“Ai’s reinvention of historical forms serves to enliven traditional crafts and skills, while his disavowal of modern industrial production processes also acts as a counterpoint to contemporary models of productivity and efficiency in Chinese industrial production.”
The two artists Warhol and Weiwei amazingly had a lot in common. They both shared strong personal beliefs of individual freedom and resistance against state power. Their lives and creations were drenched with ideas of gay liberation and patriotism. Both artists used the same objects of exploration like flowers with their subtle and abundant meanings, historical objects and, off course, human nature.
To many of us Andy Warhol equals Pop Art, but there were many other less known directions of his creativity. While the majority of Warhol’s famous works were produced with sophisticated and then innovative media such as printmaking, photography and silk screening, the beginning to it was set in classical hand drawing and painting.
Warhol started as a talented graphic with his early drawings (1950s) featuring intricate city landscapes and human portraits. In 1960s with a boom of advertising industry he had a successful career of a fashion illustrator with a particular interest in lady’s shoes. I guess this fact has something to do with his passion to transform into a woman himself, as well as his admiration of Hollywood divas, princesses and drug queens abundantly illustrated by the numerous photographs taken by Andy.
“It was during the 1960s that Warhol began to make paintings of iconic American objects such as dollar bills, mushroom clouds, electric chairs, Campbell's Soup Cans, Coca-Cola bottles, celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, Troy Donahue, Muhammad Ali, and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as newspaper headlines or photographs of police dogs attacking civil rights protesters. During these years, he founded his studio, "The Factory" and gathered about him a wide range of artists, writers, musicians, and underground celebrities.“ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Warhol
The artist was surrounded by Bohemians and devoted himself to representing this delicate society lovingly in all their controversial beauty. I was curious to look at Warhol’s photos of immutable celebrities like Madonna, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mick and Bianca Jagger, John Lennon and many more in their young years. Their faces are full of optimism and youthful purity. Now, about half a century later, their skin grew thicker, faces became stern, eyes faded, and some of them alas even closed forever, however the memory still lives, and youngsters still get excited over their talents.
The Friday Night at NGV was a great experience for me and my friend, and this exhibition was a must-see for sure. What I took home was not only a wonderful aftertaste but also a pop-art photo of my own which everyone can make in a photo booth right next to the mesmerizing velo-sculpture. Highly recommended!. The Friday night was decorated by a remarkable performance of Jenny Hval and her band who made the audience feel even more welcome.
curious echidna at Cape Schanck made Tosha go completely wild - exactly like herself - his hunting instincts did not calm down on the 3km way to the ocean and back as he suddenly spotted big grey and red kangaroo troops scattered all over the bush - those saw Tosha for the first time too but he was hard to be introduced to due to his way too "sparkly" behavior (and his leash of course). I bet Tosha had very interesting dreams the night after:
SO FRENCHY SO CHIC review and photos by Alex Black
Famous and ever so popular So Frenchy So Chic event was held at the well known Werribee Mansion Park near Melbourne , The entertainment included a fabulous concert at the grand mansion grounds, terrific food and mouthwatering drinks to satisfy all most gourmet tastes. People had come from all over Melbourne and the crowd was very impressive. You could feel the New Year joy and happiness in the air. You could spot people dancing , playing with their children and taking photos. There were some remarkable singers among the stage performers, who were really excellent and talented: two French girls Brigitte(actually a duo, Aurélie Saada and Sylvie Hoarau) Th event was sponsored by Renault . There were assorted fun booths at the event: for make-up , face painting for children and a big sign at the front to write your comment - like a terrific ideas for a signature wall . The whole celebration ended at the dark hour We totally enjoyed the whole day out with the family and our kid. Very grateful for the opportunity the event marketing team organised for our media crew,
Sand Sculpting Australia Presents: A Day At The Zoo
I have never seen sand sculpting before and let me tell you, it is like no other kind of artistic expression I have ever seen before.
Unfortunately on the day we decided to go and check out the exhibition on the Frankston foreshore, fate and the weather had a different idea of what season it currently was in Melbourne. It was dark and drizzling rain on and off but we didn’t let this put us off one little bit. Because who needs sunshine when your heart is taken by the artistic talent on show.
From the moment we laid eyes on the little closed off area we knew we were in for a treat. The tops of the sculptures could be seen from the outside fence and my heart pumped a little quicker, eager to get inside and take a look.
As soon as we walked in through the entrance from the ticket office a kind gentleman greeted us and we were provided a little tour book. The book is amazing and talks about all the behind the scenes happenings that go into creating all the sculptures. It even has little bios on all the people who made the artwork with their own two hands. A very interesting read, but maybe read it after you have visited because there is so much to see and do whilst you are there.
The theme of all the sand sculpters was animals you would find at the zoo. From all things big and small you will find animals from across all continents. One of my favourites was the out of Africa wall. We kept finding ourselves heading back to it for one last look. But there are also some surprise zoo animals in the addition of intergalactic animals and unicorns. Some other stand out sculpters was the Yeti and the Australian animals section where you could find a beautiful Platypus and Koala Bear. Without spoiling too many of the surprises no matter your age you will find the artwork awe inspiring and so delicately intricate that you just cant help but stare and admire the craftsmanship that went into creating the exhibition.
Make sure to bring a camera as there are plenty opportunities for photos with the sculptures around the winding and hidden pathways. You are encouraged to take pictures and share on social media. Don’t worry if you don’t have a camera though because a phone used to take a selfie is always fun to do, no matter your age. Little signposts around the artworks provide links to social media where you can upload your own picture’s to win.
But wait there is more!
There is also a sand pit and deck chairs to sit down in and have a little break from your adventure walking through the pathways. If you have worked up an appetite and are a little peckish after your exploring, there is a Café with hot and cold food and beverages to keep you happy. It is also undercover and lots of area’s to sit down and relax.
There is also an undercover area where you can create your own sand art and various arts and craft activity’s starting from $6. It is hand’s on and perfect for all ages.
So no matter the weather, The Sand Sculpting on Frankston Foreshore is the perfect opportunity for the family to go on an adventure together and see something truly unique and beautiful. It is a place to go and dream and use your imagination. It really caters for all ages. Make sure you get in and see it soon!
For more information you can visit SAND SCULPTURES.au or check out the social media pages under the same name.
BOUNCEinc are trampoline theme parks located at Glen Iris, Blackburn North & Essendon Fields.
BOUNCEinc takes the good old backyard trampoline to a whole new level with:
Free Jumping areas featuring interconnection trampolines and wall trampolines to launch yourself off. Slam Dunk – trampolines & Basket ball hoops give the perfect combination for shooting goals like a pro. Dodgeball – A whole new twist on the classic game Free Run Terrain Park – The ultimate obstacle course including rock climbing wall & Flying fox. Big Bag – run along the trampolines and launch yourself into a giant bag.
Bounce sessions run for 1 hour and start on the hour. General admission is $16.00 general admission $11.00 Student and Juniors are $10.00.
There is no charge for non jumpers – parents can relax up stairs with a cuppa and view the entire jumping area.
Bounceinc is fantastic fun for all ages and fitness levels – some jumping areas do have a minimum height restriction but there is plenty to keep the little ones amused. The glen Waverly venue is staffed by friendly staff, who add to the fun. Bounceinc host birthday parties and events and is a great way to entertain the kids.
I highly recommend a visit to one of their venues. Our kids loved it and can’t wait to come back. Glen & Camilla Wwww.ggwphotography.net.au