In this show you can see a brief history of one man magic show. The most classical magical acting components are in this show. Doves from flames, bunnies in the hats, red balls between fingers, never ending liquids, and of course card tricks. He does a bit of everything. With Anthohy DeMassi’s acting performance, mimics and jokes, you can experience a good time with your family and kids.
Josh is definitely a very talented close up magician. Close up magic is the most difficult form of illusion and it is sometimes hard to keep audience focused on the show. With just a deck of playing cards, he gives you very good and excited experience of close up card tricks. With Josh’s sense of humor, you are always interacting with the show .
Sure it is a very strange show. A stand up comedy, a mentalist show, an illusion show. It is a very ingeniously compound of all. With his great sense of humor and intellectuality, Lawrence Leung gives you an incredible one hour.
Playwright Geoffrey Naufft’s “Next Fall” is a play worth watching the umpteenth time, for it is a brilliant package of flawless acting while delivering witty and funny dialogues, and hilarious one-liners. The scenes were so well synced that it almost gave the feeling of watching a movie. It was interesting how the plots, sets, and costumes were promptly altered in between scenes, not a moment was wasted and each minute offered every reason why one should go watch it.
The subject of the play was touching and yet, intelligent dialogues and monologues kept the ribs tickling. It revolves around a gay couple who were torn between their so-called unsolicited love for each other and fighting for acceptance on both religious and societal grounds. Adam and Luke’s story is engaging on every account; Adam is flamboyant and a realist, Luke, on the other hand, is a deep-thinker and staunch believer of God. It is an unusual love story of a devout Christian, one who firmly believes in the theory of hell and heaven, and a non-believer, one who is practical and seeks to reason religious beliefs with funny arguments. And yet, Luke didn’t give up on Adam and stayed together until fate took an unfortunate turn.
When Luke was in coma, Adam struggled to be by his side but couldn’t claim his rightful place in Luke’s life for the fear that Luke’s Jewish father would not be able to deal with the shock if he learnt that his son was gay. The unspoken emotion was tantalising and captivating. Although Luke spent the last five years of his life loving Adam, religion always stood between them. The play addresses societal issues in a subtle and humorous way but raised confusing questions like “Can a gay still remain a Christian?” or “Whether Christianity and homosexuality can go together?”
The play raises issues about equal marital rights for the homosexual community and societal acceptance of their relationships. And yet, the love between two utterly different persons, that fought for acceptance at every step, moved the audience. Gay relationships are based on the same essence of trust, understanding and uncompromising want for each other, the way every other relationship is. It is, therefore, unfair to mock them.
We attended Fun4Kids Festival this year again. The festival is amazing and is very well organised. It runs for 5 days in winter on kids school holidays in Warrnambool (Great Ocean Road location). The Festival takes 5 days of different activities for young children and you can get all the information on schedule in the booklets.
On Thursday July 6 for example was the Festival Theatre day with 4 absolutely gorgeous performances! We also saw Dancers in the Festival Hall. They were Djarragun College Torres Strait dancers. It is very good introduction to the aboriginal culture if you look at the events from the perspective of entertainment and education of young generation.
We also were very lucky to see Dr. Hubble’s Bubbles. This is what most of the kids like to see - huge bubbles. It is one grand entertainment for the whole family indeed. There were also countless physical activities on grounds including Sungold Pirate Cove. There were many kids and they enjoyed the characters face paintings in the Face Painting Area of the event .
For some very special and creative kids there are absolutely amazing places such as Funky Toyface, Superbox World. Kids enjoy Fairbrother Woodwork, where you need to build what you like. We chose a jewellery box. You can spend all day there and our kids will be very happy and love all days coming of joy and activities. There are additional facilities provided to make your life very easy: food court, relaxation areas where you can just sit an toilets.
Moreover, if you loose your child (and as your child has an identify wristband) the event friendly staff will be able to contact your parents. The bus can take you to the Flagstaff Hill where you can continue your exploration of the Festival. The Flagstaff Hill is a quiet place to go and see what the history was like back in the days of sailing and whaling. There are many buildings all with a story to tell. On the Main Street a school offers classes of Reading, Writing and Rithmatic. We attended arts and crafts workshop. We created gorgeous bookmarks from the homemade paper. We did not forget to tell you about the cooking classes in the Wharf Parade. What we also liked in the special Flagstaff Hill Maritime village was a very quiet area and a cafe for a good lunch with the family.The Festival was a unique experience for us. Fun4kids is absolutely the best Children Festival I ever saw.
MULTICULTURAL ARTS VICTORIA: EMERGE IN YARRA NEW website press release: Erkin Kalayci
Emerge in Yarra will ignite the cultural landscape of Melbourne’s inner north with a vibrant multi arts program taking place from June 29 – July 8. Now in its fourteenth year, Emerge in Yarra will continue a long tradition of unearthing and celebrating amazing new creative talents from Melbourne’s emerging refugee and culturally diverse communities. With 10 events over 10 days following Refugee Week, the festival will include commissioned works and new collaborations across visual arts, multimedia, theatre, dance, music, storytelling, spoken word, poetry and more.
The festival will officially launch on June 30 with #Submerge, an immersive, subterranean arts experience featuring multimedia projection work by African Australian artists Guled Abdulwasi and #AyshaTufa, electronic soundscapes by #FilmSchool, and spoken word by Common Ground artists. A festival favourite, Cookin’ Up Community will see artists and creative entrepeneurs, Neda Rahmani with Saba Alemayoh, and #JaimeWilson – Ramirez with Oscar Jiminez, collaborate over two sessions on July 4 and 5, to cook up a feast of music, songs, stories and cuisine from distant homelands.
Emerge in Yarra will feature two stunning contemporary visual arts exhibitions from respected Kurdish Australian artist Rushdi Anwar, and collaborators I-Yen Chen and #YumemiKiraki, will evoke themes of home and history, both remembered and forgotten. For music lovers, the Black Orchid Stringband will continue the legacy of legendary West Papuan musicologist #ArnoldAp with their debut album launch on July 1. The Visible Project Showcase on July 2 will launch some fine new music by upcoming artists who have participated in MAV’s Visible Music Mentoring Program including: #NeilMorris, #Semina, #KaiitWaup, #CyprienKagorora and Koraly Dimitriadis.
For musicians who want to hone their business skills, the B4U Play Forum on July 1 will be a great chance to network and hear from industry experts, while the Campfire Stories: Arise will be a relaxed and intimate evening on July 4 with storytelling and spoken word from around the globe.
The festival will culminate on July 7 with a captivating new work, Osono, created by Our Culture, fusing West African and First Nations traditions of music, dance, theatre and storytelling, exploring the journey from grief and loss, to unity and celebration. Produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), Emerge provides a platform in different locations around Victoria, to celebrate and acknowledge the important contributions of emerging refugee, culturally diverse and First Nations artists and communities. Emerge in Yarra is an outcome of MAV’s Emerge program which aims to empower and connect artists and communities through culture.
Osono A modern dance choreography, inspired by the heritage of two tribal dances. Energy is flowing with the rhythm and movement, in front of ethnic musical instruments. The performance is impressive, but far away from being a visual and musical poem. Sequences are trying to symbolize and tell something but not gathering together in a symphonic savvy. I am sure in time it will improve more and become more interesting and impressive. But at the end I got to hand it; A unique journey from West African to Aboriginal Australian dance and music.
TIVOLI THEATRE OF PANTOMIME: PUSS IN BOOTS NEW website review: Irina Ivanova photos: Glen Wilson
Puss in Boots presented by Tivoli Theatre Pantomimes
Yet another time Tivoli Theatre Pantomimes has created a fantastic new production for the kids based on the all-favourite story of Puss in Boots. It is a modern interpretation of the classical tale with lots of songs and dances, audience interaction and good vibes generously spread out between the performers and viewers.
The audience could not get enough of the wits of the smug Puss, charms of the beautiful Princess and merriness of the ingenuous Matthew the Miller’s son. And even the looks of the frightening ogre could not scare away the young spectators, who, according to some kids revelations, found him rather cute and cuddly.
In the classic pantomimes tradition of audience engagement this family-friendly tale was designed to captivate the little ones, while also providing plenty of laughs for parents. It was fun to watch how nearly the whole audience went on stage to do some twist with the characters of the tale.
The bright costumes and decorations awed the young spectators, and the clever musical accompaniment added up the zing to the beautiful show. The performance took about ninety minutes with an interval, when the much anticipated fairy bread was served. And at the end of the show the audience was welcomed to meet and take photos with the cast, which was very exciting.
Who doesn’t love the story of little Alice lost in her incredible fantasies?! The Cheshire cat with his captivating smile, the powerful Caterpillar and moody Queen of Hearts, the naughty Humpty Dumpty, the Mad Hatter and always-hurrying White Rabbit brought in lots of lough and a bit of awe among young spectators. The show boasted with wonderful costumes and makeup, bright decorations and brilliant musical accompaniment. The cast of six actors was performing 14 (!) different characters. I was so impressed to find out that the crew had only four or five rehearsals, and could create such a marvelous production meanwhile! It all speaks for their amazing professionalism and love of what they do.
The performance runs for about an hour and a half with an interval, but flies very quickly with all the shifting scenes mixed with well-known songs and fascinating dancing moves, that invite audience for participation. This makes it easily accessible for restless preschoolers and young school children alike. Both boys and girls watch the show with their mouths open, it is ‘oh so cute’!
My six-year-old son was especially amused by the funny couple of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, who kept bumping into each other and rolling over the stage. As to me, I absolutely loved the Mad Hatter’s tea party and ‘A Very Merry Unbirthday to You’ song. It may even become the slogan for our school holidays’ celebration. The March Hare was also so adorable!
There are plenty of great emotions to take home and ideas to play about for kiddies. It is also a great opportunity for a quality time to be spent with grandparents, creating splendid family memories.
For the coming spring school holidays Tivoli Theatre is going to present the “Snow White and the Magic Dwarfs”, so do not despair if you cannot make it to this season show (although it’s worth reconsidering your schedule) and plan ahead for the next one!
MELBOURNE MAGIC FESTIVAL NEW TWO EVENTS website website press release by Erkin Kalayci
Simon and Joshua I always in love with magic shows. I also enjoy big scale shows too, but close up magic tricks, have always a different place in my heart. I wish I could attend all the performances, but I had to pick some. So I picked Joshua Jay and Simon Colonel. We all know Joshua fooled Pen and Teller on their show. I have learned Simon Colonel fooled them too. Simon told us that after learning he was using ordinary poker chips, Teller wrote him a letter, that he fooled them too. As a Penn & Teller fan, I realized that I have picked the right shows.
Lots of magic tricks with the playing cards and coins are all cliche. Then what makes a magic show attractive. It is the performance and energy of the artist and flow of the show. Both Simon and Joshua have great vibrancies and perfect interaction with the audience.
COOKING CLASS: BURGER MASTER CLASS WITH JAMES WILKINSON. THE HAT CHEF NEW website review by Nadia Pleshkova
Do you cook from scratch when inviting friends over for dinner or does it depend on time, number of guests and your personal passion for cooking?
To boost up your interest and knowledge in cooking, we recommend you to join the Burger Master Class with a hat chef James Wilkinson at Meat Market restaurant/bar in South Wharf. Firstly, you'll get a clear idea how to make a proper burger. Secondly, you will get a number of useful hints and tips in cooking that are only known to professional cooks and chefs. For example: *Avoid squashing and squeezing your burger patty against the grill. Squash it after making its shape. *Buy whole peppercorns only and toast them before grinding.
In a highly interactive Master Class with James, he reinforces a few times: support you local butchers, who sell clean of pesticides and hormones meat. So how do you get your burger perfectly juicy and flavourful?
To begin with, get the beef chucks and mix 80% of it with 20% of good pork fat. By making your own burgers, you are in full control of seasoning them to your taste. Then, add salt and pepper (black, white or none - it's up to you) before grinding the meat. Form your patties from minced meat. Ok, you don't own the meat processor any more, ask your butcher to do it for you. That is all that's required for a good traditional burger patty.
When you deal with high-quality meat, there is no need for any other seasonings but salt & pepper. Lastly, and this is the chef's trick, rub your patties in oil before arranging them on a grill. Once the burgers are cooked, it's time to accessorise them in your traditional toppings like ketchup (buy a good brand) and mustard as well as the condiments of marinated onion or cucumber (see recipes below), lettuce and cheese. And vu-ala!
Don't forget your favourite beer or a glass of red wine.
There are two masterclasses per month run for the next three months at the Meat Market Restaurant followed by Terrain Master Classes LINK TO BOOK
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – As part of the Boroondara Eisteddford (A festival of music) - Piano Concerto Award Final. Given at: Hawthorn Arts Centre, Hawthorn, on 25/6/2017. Guest Conductors: Joshua Geddes and Kevin Cameron; Soloists: Michael Li (Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No.3), Kevin Chow (Prokofief – Piano Concerto No.2) and William Soo (Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor). The well attended hall of the Arts Centre was bursting with excitement and expectation as the Orchestra sailed into Verdi’s ‘Nabucco Overture’ conducted ably and energetically by Joshua Geddes. Being a smaller Orchestra (about 40), the short 7 minute piece displayed echoes of the Slave Chorus with well balanced light and shade. Taking over the baton, Kevin Cameron welcomed the 23 year old Michael Li who set about tackling the first movement of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto. With a gentle start and good eye contact with the Conductor, Michael displayed considerable lyrical prowess along with energetic dexterity. Furthermore, Kevin’s perceptive and interactive nature with the soloist was a joy to watch. Michael’s flair and virtuosity clearly showed during the Cadenza section with overtones of Liszt! In conclusion, we were treated to a sweet flute passage combined with a melodic and gentle piano – much to the delight of the packed audience. Joining Kevin Cameron and the Orchestra, our next soloist playing the Prokofiev Piano Concerto was Kevin Chow. The 20 year old tackled all the 3 Movements of the highly complex Concerto with the first flowing energetically and driven with a spiky drive. The somewhat discordant Cadenza was ably executed despite its length of nearly 4 minutes, comprising of profuse and complex runs – exciting and even ‘angry’! The dramatic fusion with the Orchestra was strengthened by the brass, smoothly handled by the Conductor. Gathering further momentum, the Soloist sprung into the busy and bustling ‘Scherzo’ movement. This was handled with skilful brilliance, ending quite abruptly but much to the delight of the audience. Following the interval, our next artist was William Soo assisted by Joshua Geddes and the Orchestra playing the first and third movements of Schumann’s Piano Concerto. From the start William displayed a smooth and flowing technique that combined well with the Orchestra. The melodious movement was well presented showing lyrical artistic refinement with an engaging Cadenza – finishing crisply. Delivering the third Movement, the 20 year old William sailed into the piece with great energy and power that effectively showed good contrast and virtuosity. Joshua blended the Orchestra beautifully to help the flawless performance by William. Note: The duration of the three performances was approximately 20 minutes each. Next, the Orchestra performed ‘The Caravansary’- a short 5 minute piece by Stephen Lebsanf (Principal Trombone of Zelman Symphony). Inspired by the allure of Petra, the piece described well the moods of the desert and the expectations of travellers along the Silk Road. Having been to a Caravansary, I appreciated the well constructed piece – performed ably by the Orchestra. Bizet’s ‘Carmen Suite No. 1’ followed that bounced along with ample energy and vigour. There was buzz from the audience as the three soloists were summoned by the Compare Merle Lamb and followed by the Adjudicator Julie Hall (famed pianist and examiner for the AMEB). The results were as follows: Third Prize – William Soo, Second Prize – Michael Li, First Prize – Kevin Chow (praised for his colourful tonality and strong dialogue with the Orchestra). The audience was delighted with all the performers as we were treated to an exciting encore – the Overture from Carmen by Bizet. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to the event and of course to the Zelman Symphony Orchestra. Best wishes to all the soloists in continuing a successful musical career. SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect) 29 June 2017.
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CIRCUS OZ NEW website photosset 1: Paul Beresford photosset 2: Lucien Fernandez review: Rachel Sandey
I love circus from my childhood. In my memory it's all about bright colors, festive music, all kind of gymnasts, acrobats, different animals, obeying their trainers, magicians and illusionists, who mesmerise public and funny dressed clowns, making viewers laugh. Well, the Model Citizens show is very different from traditional. It's a very clever mixture of circus and theatre. This is a debut of new Artistic Director Rob Tannion. He led the Circus Oz ensemble - the group of multi talented, passionate, creative and fearless people to make this unforgettable unique show. In doing this they used a concept of over sized real life subjects like, giant safety pin, wooden laundry pegs, zippers, scissors, red head match boxes with matches , steaming clothes iron, men's underwear, credit cards. All of those subjects were very cleverly used by actors to utilize the dual meaning of the word"model". I wouldn't describe all numbers in sequence, but would like to stress that every one of them was a demonstration of highest mastery and unbelievable physical abilities. To mention a few. Mitch Jones, generously covered in tattoos with bright pink hairdo is kind of a ringmaster. In his dream he is counting sheep and escaping from pijama straight jacket trap, hanging very high in the air. Beautiful number with hoops by Freyja Edney. She is also playing ukulele and singing a satirical song "Intolerance". Luke Ha is building a tall house of gigantic credit cards and taking pictures of himself and a crowd on the top of it until a member of the crew pulls one out of the the base and house collapses very much like in real life peoples finances do, when they get themselves in deep debts relying on credit cards. Another multitalented performer Alexander Weibel Weibel is walking on slack ropes and playing a violin with the bow on fire. Spectacular finale! Model Citizens is a combined terrific work of many on and off stage members of ensemble , where every single one contributed their talents,ideas, abilities and passion. Such as lighting designer Sian Jaimes - Holland, Michael Baxter, Production and Prop Designer, composer and musical director Ania Reynolds. The creators of the show clearly conveyed the Model Citizens concept . It is every member of our modern society without any discrimination. My rating is 10/10
BLANC DE BLANC NEW website review: Benjamin Newall
Melbourne people are used to largely outdoor, live arts festivals but they are usually in the summer months with long days and balmy weather. After all, winter is just a bit too cold. That someone would choose to open a pop-up arts festival in the middle of winter, on the shortest day of the year, appears on the surface a little risky. The creators of Adelaide’s Garden of Earthly Delights have taken the risk, launching MAP57 - St Kilda’s Winter Garden a delightful pop up space complete with an ice-rink, carnival rides, yummy food vans, bar areas and performance spaces. Located in a tiny space next to the Palais Theatre, the area has ample seating arranged around a number of crackling open fires. If you go to the tram car bar you can get a cup of piping hot mulled wine and take it out to enjoy beside the fire. The promo material promises that MAP 57 will host six weeks of cabaret, music, comedy and school holiday shenanigans. Most of these take place in the two performance areas, The Box and the The Aurora Spiegeltent, a really beautiful antique European performance tent. The Box will host a variety of music and comedy acts for the grown ups and a number of performances designed to delight the kids. There will also be a kids show in the Speigeltent, but the highlight here is certainly the absolutely adults only Melbourne season of Blanc de Blanc. Following a successful season in Sydney, Blanc de Blanc, according to the French host Romeo, will take you on a journey much like drinking Champagne. It is a blend of tantalising burlesque and breathtaking circus acrobatics laced with very risqué and sometimes downright naughty comedy. The costumes are flamboyant, even if there is not much of them at times, and the performances are outstanding. Seriously, what these performers can get their bodies to do is hard to fathom. Expect to spend your evening ricocheting between amazement, embarrassment and side splitting laughter. Just don’t get too comfortable, because this is not just a show but an experience. I was lucky enough to have my beer poured into my mouth by a beautiful blonde, and then a flaming red head took a seat on my lap and cried because the champagne was finished. Though be warned, not sitting in the first couple rows will not save you from being spotted, as a few of the audience experienced firsthand. The show is immersive, intimate, provocative, naughty and absolutely hilarious. Go and have fun and then finish the night with a cup of mulled wine outside by the fire. What more could you want on a cold Melbourne winter’s night. So let your inhibitions free and enjoy what at times you can only imagine.
Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw`s classic Novel Is given a fresh make over thanks to the Third Door Theatre.
For anyone not familiar with this classic play, just think of My Fair Lady - the musical version.
Opening night nerves were a little apparent in the casts opening scene, which soon faded and team shone with this brilliant and fun production.
By the second act, the cast really clicked and produced a captivating performance to rival some of the best productions I’ve seen.
Thalia Dudek takes the leading role as Eliza Doolittle .
Thalia handles her role brilliantly with a great Cockney accent, showing her ability to transform from cockney street kid to a fine young lady. Thalia really shows her strength as an actor in some of the more dramatic scenes.
Ben Taylor - Henry Higgins.
Ben puts an entire new twist on Professor Higgins. As a pompous arrogant professor he is great.
As a spoilt brat – particularly in the scenes with his mother ( Played by Jenny Silalhi) is where Ben is a show stealer. Ben`s character and facial expressions, had me thinking… what if Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) played Higgins.
Stephen Bennie as Colonel Pickering gives an excellent performance along with Sarah Hartnell – Miss Pearce and Mark Briggs as Eliza`s father Alfred.
Third Door Theatre bring a fresh approach to this well loved classic, combining humor along with great dramatic acting.
If you get a chance, go along for a great evening’s entertainment.
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER CHOIR: BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds
REVIEW: By the waters of Babylon By Bryanna Reynolds
“By the waters of Babylon” being performed by the Australian Chamber Choir is an opportunity to see extraordinary talent before your eyes and have your sense’s transport you through your imagination guided by pure harmony.
I have never been to anything like this before and it was certainly an eye opening and wonderful event to have witnessed. The choir as a whole performing was utter harmony and made you float to another time and place. I just wish you could capture the moment in time when you experience such wonderful voices and be able to hear them forever.
If you love seeing live performances in musical theatre, operas or orchestras than ‘By the waters of Babylon” is for you. I would recommend for people of all ages as it was a choir to be adored by people young and all and reminded me of certain moments in life and of those you see on screen in the movies.
The best part about the choir is that you can actually follow their European tour as in tour with them and experience the joys of music and travel with fellow passionate people. This is something I would definitely consider doing in my latter years.
I think the Australian Chamber Choir are literally heaven on earth and you simply must see one of their performances. There is also a chance to see the choir when they come back to Australia and perform in regional Victoria.
Thank You for the opportunity to experience such a wonderful choir in real life.
NICA: CIRCOSIS: LEFT BRAIN, RIGHT BRAIN NEW website press release: Kieran McNamara
PART 1 - RIGHT BRAIN National Institute of Circus Arts presents Circosis: Left Brain, Right Brain Tonight, we attended the opening night of Circosis: Left Brain, Right Brain which showcases the final year students at NICA. We saw the Right Brain half of the show as there is also a Left Brain part as well. The show has been split because of the large number of students and it runs from 15th June to 24th June at NICA in Prahran. The show consisted of multiple performers from all over Australia and one from USA. We saw eleven performers which each of them able to showcase their skills in an act specifically for them with some interesting transitions while the performance space was prepared for the next performer. There was a good mix of humour, theatre, drama, terrifying moments and awe-inspiring action. We saw a variety of acts with hand balancing, hula hoops, juggling, trapeze, aerials, hoop diving, Chinese pole, clowning and probably some others as well. The show was interesting and the transitions were designed well to keep the audience entertained and focused while setup was carried out for the next act. The transitions included small comedy performances, performers interacting with the audience and were great fun. The main acts were all excellent with a high level of skills on show. It was particularly interesting to see the mix of strength, balance and grace from both the female and male performers. There was also the speed of the juggling and the expected crowd shock when the performer did something particularly terrifying high above the floor. It was a sold-out show with a mix of ages in the audience ranging from children to retirees and I felt the show had appeal for everyone. With such a large space and only one performer at a time, the lighting focused everyone on to the performer and held our attention and we were quite close to the performers in our front row seats. The venue also includes a bar selling alcohol and soft drinks along with some treats and those can be enjoyed during into the show. It was a thoroughly entertaining show with excellent skills on show by all the performers with a great mix of disciplines. I recommend buying tickets and going along for an excellent night of entertainment and with two parts to the show, you get to enjoy twenty-three different performers spread across the Left Brain and Right Brain shows. Such a fun night out and an opportunity to see the next generation of circus performers before they tour with other shows.
review by Bryanna Reynolds PART 2 - LEFT BRAIN
Circosis: Left brain By Bryanna Reynolds
“A night to open your mind and escape in a world of magic and creativity”
Bohemian Rhapsody were lucky enough to attend the National Institute of Circus Arts to preview the third year students showcase of the year. The theme of the show was entitled Circosis and was split into two different productions to allow time for all the students to perform. I attended the Left Brain performance and you can also read the review on Bohemian Rhapsody of the other performance Right Brain.
The moment you entered through the doors of NICA a sense of adventure and excitement overcomes you. It is a feeling of knowing that by watching one of their performances, it will make you want to follow your own dreams. We were treated to some popcorn and drinks before the show and were sounded into the performance space.
From the moment the students stepped on stage they were actively drawing you into their world of excitement. With a lot of the acts being aerial or suspended from a hanging above the stage it was easy to see the acts no matter where you were sitting.
Just like a performance there were times of laughter, fear, excitement and death defying moments. Seeing a student swinging on a rope or back flipping through hoops had you on the edge of your seat.
It was before intermission that the performance of the night happened. Ela Bartilomo of QLD, Australia delivered the most thought provoking performance i have ever seen and from heights that shocked. With her strutting onto the stage in a catwalk like scene wearing heels and a fur coat one would think she was about to perform a catwalk esque performance as she scaled ropes into the roof. It was when the music changed and she kicked off her heels the representation of how fur is murder in the fashion industry came to life. Buckets filled with blood and guts arose from the ground and Ela had the audience captivated by the message she was sending out. I cannot wait to see where Ela takes her storytelling and passionate performances, she will definitely be a star to watch in the future.
What was beautiful was that no two acts were alike and they allowed for each student to bring their passion of performance and circus arts to life.
I would recommend watching a NICA performance as it is truly wonderful to see students reach their final year and be able to express themselves in a way that excites audiences.
Circosis is running from the 15th to the 24th of June so make sure you see the show.
THE HAUNTING NEW website review by Max Davine photos: Glen Wilson
The Haunting Review by Max Davine
Joyous old-fashioned vaudeville comes to Melbourne’s mock-elegant Athenaeum Theatre, but nobody’s having as much fun as the cast, which isn’t to say the audience misses out. The venue itself plays its own role, with its faux-balconies flanking the stage and plastered-on wall decorations, it has always been Melbourne’s ode to Neo-Gothic vaudeville excess. The play itself claims to be a mish-mash of ghost stories associated with Charles Dickens, however it gets its name from crummy 1950’s b-movie of Vincent Price’s lesser catalogue and its plot bears the shadows of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”. That isn’t to say Dickens’ traditions are not haphazardly maintained. Present is his lyrical sense of humor and prose which seeps into characters’ dialogue, the former only an exception in his darkest novels, “A Tale of Two Cities” and the aptly named “Bleak House”. Also apparent to the keen-eyed viewer is Dickens’ wonderfully Gothic tones; the misty moors, the slight distortions of English culture, both in characters’ bombastic and pompous nature and in setting; in this case ridiculously elongated bookshelves and stepladders which don’t even reach halfway to the top, and of course the convoluted family drama, where everybody has an uncle or father who knew somebody relevant to the plot. The reviewer sees fit to compensate for the limitations of the stage inhibiting the presence of long sentences with the preceding. Gone, however, are the Dickensian names, the sense of social justice (but in passing) and ever-present, heartfelt compassion for children. However, much of what is mentioned above is also evident in the staple of Gothic convention, which owes little, if anything, to Dickens. The conventions are present in his work, but he did not create them. Dickens’ most famous foray into ghost-literature was “A Christmas Carol”, but a night at Prince Moo Productions’ “The Haunting” does in no way offer that. It does lead one to question the validity of according Dickens’ such credit in the creation of the play. Director Jennifer Sarah Dean has created an exciting ghost-train like experience of Hugh Janes’ largely, and thankfully, visual script. Despite a lightning storm which might have been taken for the next door neighbor’s discotheque, and a few small technical glitches (thunder and lightning out of synch, spotlights just a split-second behind their mark) the play provides enough visual stimulation to keep the audience on edge. The edge, however, comes rather from the audience’s own sense of self-preservation against the sudden sounds and jumpy (but very cleverly done) visual effects, than from any compassion for the characters. Cameron Daddo’s typically grandiose performance style suits the vaudeville of the play and the aforementioned Dickensian grotesquerie of character, but for every “bombastic idiot” (Publechook, in “Great Expectations”) Dickens provided a quiet, thoughtful and endearing foil (Joe Gargary or the later Magwitch in “Great Expectations”, or the kindly Mr. Brownlow and Nancy, who oppose Fagin and Bill Sikes in “Oliver Twist”). This does not come of Gig Clarke’s performance, though it is evidenced in the script. Clarke seemed eager to get through his lines, and forgot he was cold minutes after mentioning it. Hungry, much the same. A more natural acting style would have improved the character, and provided a connection to the audience. All in all, “The Haunting” is a fun, thrilling night of vaudevillian renaissance, which needs no association with Dickens to announce itself. It is an enjoyable experience quite well enough in its own right.
AFL BOLLYWOOD: VITAMIN BY SONALIKA FASHION LABEL NEW website review by Benjamin Newall photos: Erkin Kalayci at Cheers Melbourne Photography
AFL Bollywood Style.
Vitamin by Sonalika. It has long been understood that people in India love their cricket. Cricket players are feted and adored and Aussie players have been particular favourites in Bollywood, just ask Brett Lee. You could even say that their passion for cricket is pretty much on a par with Melbournians passion for AFL. So I was definitely curious when I heard that Mumbai based fashion label Vitamin was launching an AFL inspired line of clothing. Vitamin showcases the design talent of Sonalika Prahdhan with the backing and support of her Bollywood actor husband Vishwajeet Pradhan. The label, which has its roots in Bollywood has been expanding across international runways for over a decade and has established itself as far afield as Nairobi, Dubai, Canada, South East Asia and now Australia. Having revolutionized the bridal arena with her glamorous looks, Indian and contemporary silhouettes, and craftsmanship, Sonalika has carved a niche for herself at a global level and is extremely popular among socialites, dignitaries and A-list celebrities including ex-Bachelor contestant Tolyna Baan, Hon Heidi Victoria MLA, and Miss World Australia finalist Rashi Kapoor. Indian fashion is synonymous with rich, vibrant colours and luxurious fabrics. Both male and female fashion is flamboyant and more than a little glam. I must confess here that I got some of that description from my Mum who has spent time in India and is a huge fan of Indian clothing. She likes that it can be fabulously colourful and totally comfortable all at the same time. It may be that I lack some imagination for while I think our footy game is colourful, I had never really thought of it as glam. Boy, was I wrong. The launch of Vitamin’s AFL Themed Indian wear was an eye-opener. While Sonalika and her husband sported gorgeous outfits in the colours of the Richmond Tigers, it was the outfit worn by her son that captured my St. Kilda heart. Just a little bit of white was all it needed. Other outfits on the night were inspired by the Western Bulldogs, The Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions. Speaking at this official launch the Hon Ted Baillieu clearly, and not at all subtly, let Sonalika know which team colours should come next. An ardent Geelong fan he was proudly sporting his Cat’s scarf. He will need to pull some strings though as Vitamin are already in advanced discussion with both Richmond and Essendon clubs about launching the designs in their official merchandise stores. Already I am imagining a really different parade of WAG’s at this year’s Brownlow celebrations. It would be remiss of me to leave you thinking that the evening was simply a fashion show. Nothing could be further from the truth. This was Bollywood inspired fashion and it was a Bollywood style event. In true Indian style Sonalika and her husband threw a party and spent most of the evening making sure each and every guest had enough to eat and to drink. And in between they danced. The atmosphere was electric, fun and most of all stylish, the men were dapper the women were beautiful and Sonalika herself was beaming from the moment I first saw her until the moment I had to leave. You could see that she was proud of her work and that it was important to her. You need to look up Vitamin by Sonalika, seriously, the clothes are sensational and for we men, they offer a really fun alternative to the standard suit. Cheers
BRIDGETT EVERETT AND MURRAY HILL COMEDY SHOW AT YARRAVILLE CLUB NEW website review by Gab Grech
The bawdy and somewhat crass humor of Bridgett Everett and Murray Hill are not for everyone. But there was uproarious laughter and delighted screams at both their shows respectively at the Yarraville Club on Wednesday the 7th of June. Definitely not a family friendly event with adult themes, but something for anyone wanting an enjoyable night with the girls or with a group of (adult) friends. Probably not the sense of humor for everyone either, and I would recommend viewing some of Bridgett and Murray’s past performances so you know what you’re getting into. Overall a very enjoyable night! 2.5/5
NGV: FRIDAY NIGHTS WITH THE FAUVES NEW AND VAN GOGH THE SEASONS website press release by Veronika Chekmareva
On Friday Nights National Gallery of Victoria continues to amaze its visitors. Gathered from all over Melbourne, people come together to enjoy the evening filled with pleasing conversations and historical treasures presented by the museum. One of those evenings took place on the 9th of June, with the guest band The Fauves performing alongside Van Gogh and the Seasons display. The Fauves consist of four men who love to have a laugh and perform their music inspired by their travels and adventures. Engaging with the public, the singers did not only entertain everyone with their music, but with their unique sense of humour. They ranged from playful compositions to heartfelt songs, and the public took their enthusiasm with extreme ecstasy. The band members did not hesitate to mention how humbled yet satisfied they were with the turnout of the crowd in the NGV. In addition, the Van Gogh and the Seasons display was an emotional tribute to the artist's love for the seasons and their influence on the nature of his work. Portraying Van Gogh's unlimited ability to showcase his emotion and feeling in his artwork, the National Gallery of Victoria offered an insight into yet another one of his points of influence and his past inspirations. This time, the gallery displayed not only Vincent Van Gogh's work, but the work of the artists and magazines that were an inspiration in his early years, collecting the many pieces of work from different stages of his life. The NGV Fridays take place every Friday from the 28th of April to the 8th of July.
VELVET SHOW NEW website review by: Jessica- Lee Murphy
First class glamour entertainment…. A must see to spice up those cold winter days! We were mesmerized by the music and the energetic talents on stage. From one excitement to the next! A truly spectacular display of fun, talent and energy with hits from yesteryear to today! Even if you are not much of a dancer this spectacular show will get your groove on! Cabaret, burlesque and circus are skilfully mixed together with a fantastic and talented cast! Do not miss out on seeing this amazing show! It will spice up your winter blues!
review by Glen Wilson
Velvet The Palms at Crown
Velvet is a spectacular hour and a half show featuring an amazing disco sound track and breathtaking acrobatics. The show includes some all time disco greats including You, Never knew love like this Before, Boogie Wonderland, No More tears, Its Raining Men and loads more classic hits to keep the audience dancing.
Marcia Hines is simply stunning, her amazing voice and personality shining throughout the entire performance. Music Director Joe Accaria, Gives a brilliant performance as DJ and Mixmaster along with some spectacular drumming to the song Turn the beat around. Tom Oliver brings humor and a great voice to his role, and teams up with Marcia for a stunning rendition of Donna Summers classic No More Tears.
Craig Reid in the roll of Hula Hoop Boy is an absolute show stopper, with incredible humor and amazing acrobatic skills.
Velvet is a brilliant production with an amazing cast of singers and acrobats. As the critics have already said “ Velvet redefines Cabaret”
The Palms at Crown is the perfect venue, adding to the overall atmosphere of the show.
TRIO ALBA FROM VIENNA website press release by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY TRIO ALBA direct from Vienna. Given at: St Johns Southgate, Melbourne on 8/6/2017. Violin: Livia Sellin, Cello: Philipp Comploi, Piano: ChengCheng Zhao. Presented by the ‘Melbourne Musicians’. Set in the acoustically well balanced small modern church, Trio Alba had three works on offer; namely, ‘Piano Trio No 43 in C major’ by Joseph Haydn, ‘Give Me Phoenix Wings to Fly’ by Kelly-Marie Murphy and ‘Piano Trio No.2 in E flat major’ by Franz Schubert. Haydn’s Trio sparked off with confident precision, great teamwork and strong interaction between the members. Of immediate note was the well controlled light and shade, adding colour to the nimble piano passages, the vivacious violin and the soulful cello, ending the first movement with power and finesse. The expressive second movement led firstly by the piano showed clearly on the faces of the performers – a joy to watch and hear! Intensive cello passages combined skilful playing, blending the Trio’s alluring execution of the Andante movement. To conclude the impressive work, the Finale Presto fired up the lightning and lively piano that drew in the rest of the instruments in a colourful and highly energetic musical blend that excited the senses with passionate intensity. A great finish and well received by the appreciative audience. And now, the Phoenix was ready to fly! With a dramatic and tense start (almost reminiscent of Hitchcock’s Psycho); the piece developed a surge and eerie mood that crashed with a sudden stop at end the movement – extremely well handled by the Trio. A more cryptic and lyrical movement followed depicting the slowly rising Phoenix highlighted by excited tremolo passages decorated by trills and again finishing abruptly. The ‘pain filled’ last movement began with the violin, and then the cello followed with excited and intense pizzicato – closely echoing the sound of a bird calling out. With close concentration, the Trio finished with a flurry and a bang, delivering brilliance to this quite complex piece. Following the interval, we were treated to some fine Schubert, in parts reminiscent of his ‘Trout Quintet’ and even his ‘Ave Maria’, but performed coherently and lyrically sensitively. With a superb finish, it was a joy to watch and hear the Allegro. The Andante con moto (slow with motion) provided a tonally sweet combination flavoured with intensity and musical flavour, lulled by a beautiful and sensitive ending. To spice things up, the very brisk, light and bouncy Scherzo followed that stunned all of us! By this stage the Trio was in full swing to tackle the Allegro Moderato last section playfully while showing exciting syncopation and intensity. While complex and technically difficult, we experienced powerful drama through furious and fast runs, but with serene and calm fulfilment. An ecstatic audience demanded an encore, resulting in a memorable performance of the Hungarian Dance No.6 by Brahms! Congratulations to Trio Alba for a world class performance and wish them unlimited future success in their future endeavours. A most elevating, exciting and enriching concert – well done to the Melbourne Musicians, notably, Artistic Director Frank Pam! SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect) 13 June 2017.
TRAVELLING LONDON, UK
LONDON EVENING STANDARD FOOD MONTH: NIGHT MARKET website
press release: Rouben Dickranian
The annual Evening Standard Month Night Market is usually being held near Kensington Palace. It has around 50 stalls serving several different style of drinks and foods. The operational hours are from 0500pm to 1100pm daily and the event ends on 18th of June. The ambience of this event changes as it goes from day to night. It can become very crowded, but the amazing smells of the food really makes up for any overcrowded place. There is a wide variety of foods on offer from ‘wood Pigeon Kebab’, pulled Pork, BBQ and to some really amazing Brownies; the Salted Caramel brownie is one to go for and it has a soft sensational taste. On the drink side there are cocktails, a variety of beers. Champagne is on offer as well. I feel what it offers can caters for everyone's taste, preference and need. There is live music being played throughout the night from pop to classical music to cheer up the visitors. I met a talented singer by the name of Bee Bakare and she performed the songs beautifully. She sang a couple of 1980’s songs which made my day for sure. The overall event was very pleasant and relaxing although security is high and visible at all times. The stall holders and workers are helpful and obliging so you will have a nice time eating your way though the rows of food and drinks. The food most of all is really amazing and good quality indeed. My suggestion is you should not eat for a few days before going to this event! LINK TO CHECK OUT
TRAVELLING WESTERN AUSTRALIA : MELBOURNE
BELGRAVE CFA ART SHOW website review: Jeanette Russell photos: Max Davine (to come up soon)
I really appreciate the opportunity to attend and review this event. Friday night was the official opening. What a lovely night, great atmosphere, and sense of community spirit. The food was delicious, and. the art was breathtaking. We were even treated to a look at the wonderful fire engines. Members, of the brigade, were very friendly, helpful and great hosts of the show. Bohemian Rhapsody club's Max Divine, a volunteer at Belgrave was in attendance tonight.. Belgrave Fire brigade members are very thankful to their wonderful sponsors McDonalds - Tecoma, Stevensons Tax Consultants, Bell Real Estate, Insurance Made Easy - Upwey and Yellow Brick Road - Upwey. Glenda Wise did the judging.She is a well known victorian artist who has encompassed art for many years. She is a long standing member of the Sherbrooke Artists Society. Glenda has many awards to her name. She has been in several arts magazines, books and served on committees. A teacher for many years, and an author and illustrator, of children's books are other credits to her name. Glenda thanked the Fire Fighters who look after us and work so hard for the community etc, in her speech as well as awarding the prizes to the winning artists. The art at the exhibition was outstanding, so diverse and amazing. There were pictures, from many mediums including oils, acrylic, pastel, pencil, ink digital, as well as colors. Genres included portraiture, expressionism, impressionism, realism, and pop art, as well as traditional, landscapes and still life paintings. An impressive collection of photography was also on display. All art is for sale. The artworks were, I found, colourful, outstanding, and very engaging, showcasing some mighty talented artists. A visit this long weekend is recommended highly. The show runs Sat Sun and Mon, at 4 Bayview Rd, Belgrave. The home of the Belgrave Fire Brigade. Its open 10 am till 4.00 pm daily.
Ever felt you were being watched? 1984: A New Adaptation of a Classic by Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan. The play adaptation of Orwell’s classic novel stays true to the book, with its own revolutionary methods of bringing the story to life marvelously. The extraordinary acting performance by Tom Conroy (Winston) left many in the audience jumping in their seats or touching their faces, as his pain became the audiences. Terence Crawford (O’Brien) was the stuff of nightmares, embodying all the complexities of the character. I imagine many in the audience returned home to suspiciously investigated their own ‘telescreen’. The play was brave in its ability to utilize sound, and its own ‘tele-screen’ to convey the potent political messages which rang true to many situations today. Indeed, murmurs from the audience upon exiting the Comedy Theatre on Spring St in Melbourne referred to current surveillance issues and controversy over personal privacy still relevant today. Even 68 years after the book was first published in 1949. Not a play for the faint-hearted, as anyone who has read the book would expect. But a must see not only for fans of George Orwell’s work, but for anyone who is willing to be faced with the acceptance of human mortality and the politics of memory and news. And Remember, Big Brother is watching. 7.5/10
TRAVELLING WESTERN AUSTRALIA : PERTH
MISS WORLD AUSTRALIA WA STATE FINALS 2017 website press release: Manish Bolla
There is a small brief on Miss World Australia 2017 WA Finals
Miss World event is one of the most prestigious events across the globe. Recently WA hosted 2017 Miss world Australia WA Finals at Pan Pacific Hotel one of the top venue in Perth. With more than 200 guests and patrons who witness the unfolding of finalists, they were entertained by runway shows and exotic canapés and drinks.
More then 25 beautiful contestants participated in the event which unfolded in some amazing question and an awesome session with varied topics.
Contestants participated were from varied background and ethnicity. To my surprise some were working as lawyers, doctors and in the field of science and technology who were ready to change the world through this prestigious platform.
Perth's some beautiful contestants and some amazing designer dresses were displayed on the runway.
In the end 3 finalist taking - Michelle Lake-Amy-Lee Dixon -Venine Palm the spot to complete in national final. With Amy-Lee Dixon crowned Miss World Australia WA Finals winner for 2017 Finalists -Michelle Lake -Amy-Lee Dixon -Venine Palm Emcee -Courtney Thorpe Judging Panel -Deborah Miller – Miss World Australia Director -Megan Marx – The Bachelor 2016 -Bek Outred – My Kitchen Rules 2017 -Cameron Cranley – The Bachelorette 2016 Participants -25 Sponsors -Novo Shoes -Tourism Authority of Thailand -Phuket Pearl -Ozwear Australia -Sunescape Tan -J’adore Hair -Soap de Villa -Le Beau Clinic & Spa -Advanced Natural Skincare -Ice White Teeth -Crowe Horwath Accountants -Pan Pacific Perth -BYS Cosmetics Some beautiful preview from the event.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST website photos: Glen Wilson review: Nadia Pleshkova
The moment you enter the theatre, you walk straight into the ward of the Mental Hospital, greeted by observing nurses and finding yourself next to disturbed patients. Straight to the point of the story "One flew over the cuckoo's nest"- are these patients as mentally unstable as we might expect them to be? It is a great experience to enter the performance as if you are part of it. I loved it. The effect created by Carl J.Sorheim, the director of the play, based on the book by Ken Kesey. Interestingly, the author of the book, at the time of writing it, was working at the Veterans hospital, while a student of the writing program at the Stanford university, voluntarily took part in CIA Secret Mind Control program of the effects of LCD and other drugs on human behavior and reported back on it. He spoke to the patients at work a lot, often being under the influence of the hallucinogenic drugs. It's known that it was this job and his disbelief that the patients were mentally ill that inspired Ken to write the book.The book took over the hearts of the readers immediately and brought a great success to the author. Back in Melbourne Lawler's theatre, sixteen vibrant, talented and intriguing actors (if you read their biography) portray dysfunctional humans possessed by a different type of fear, depression or anxiety. Nothing mental about their state but weakness, inability to think for themselves, frail and waisted. Full of life and energy Randle McMurphy steps into their lives, dragging them out of their fears and being successful in it for a while, only until he himself becomes a full victim of the mental health care policing, latter feeling the full right to bet with human lives. Heavy story and painfully relevant to the modern society of rejecting anyone who wouldn't match the expected behavior according to the set standards and regulations. "One flew over the cuckoo's nest" is presented by Monster Media at Lawler Theatre until 11th June 2017.
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: BEETHOVEN'S FIRST website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ‘Beethoven’s First’ Given at: Hawthorn Arts Centre, Hawthorn, on 27/5/2017. Guest Conductors: Ingrid Martin and Joseph Lallo; Soloist: Jack Schiller (Bassoon).
The buzzing audience welcomed young Ingrid to conduct the first three pieces, starting with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, (composed when he was 37). Although only about 6 minutes long, the orchestra demonstrated an immediate sense of confident drama with well balanced contrasts and fine control. To continue the bright and fresh start, Luke Hutton’s world premiere ‘Catching Trains of Thought’ followed. The intriguing palate of moods and emotions created a tapestry of crisp freshness, driven effectively by the orchestra with sweet interplay from the strings. Despite the short 10 minutes, it is a piece that can be listened to several times to explore its subtle complexities. Congratulations to young Luke whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the interval (a rising talent). The watchful, precise and respectful style of Ingrid followed with ‘Siegfried Idyll’ by Wagner. As a tribute to his young son, the richly emotional piece was serenely handled by the strings with sweet and sensitive playing from the woodwind section. The gentle moments, crescendos and contrasts were well received by the audience – a great credit to Ingrid Martin!
Following the interval, we had the pleasure of welcoming the other budding young conductor, Joseph Lallo along with bassoon virtuoso Jack Schiller in a performance of ‘Weber’s Bassoon Concerto’, composed when he was 25. The smooth, flowing and swaying action of Jack was a joy to watch and to hear. His lyrical tonality was bathed and complimented by the power and subtlety of the orchestra, flowing into the tuneful and gentle second movement that highlighted a beautifully delivered cadenza from Jack, while Joseph guided the Orchestra with great care. Although technically quite difficult, the last movement raced along with great flair and playfulness, displaying Jack’s phenomenal breath control and technical ability. The audience was ecstatic and roared with enthusiasm – rightly so!! ‘Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1’ followed in four movements. He showcased this at the age of 30, which also lasts about 30 minutes. With a sensitive start, the orchestra developed into crisp intensity, conducted elegantly by Joseph, bringing out a commanding drive from the strings and finishing brightly. The second slow movement was well blended by the strings and the woodwind with overtones of Haydn’s Clock Symphony, but overall, well balanced. An exuberant and fast tempo driven third movement followed that displayed well controlled crescendos with a crisp ending. Overall, the showpiece finale was exciting with good strings cohesion and colourful contrasts blended with neat accuracy and tonality – hailed by the audience!!
Although the auditorium has no dais (which is a drawback) and the acoustics are inferior compared to Xavier College, the Concert was recorded on the night.
Congratulations to the two guest conductors, Jack Schiller and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, as we look forward to future events in 2017. A most enjoyable, exciting and enriching concert – well done everyone, including all the volunteers! SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect) 2 June 2017.
DIALOGUE IN THE DARK website press release by Kieran McNamara
Dialogue in the Darkness
This was an experience that I was initially nervous about. Not because I was concerned with being injured, but to surrender control that my eye sight has provided me for my whole life. I arrived slightly nervous but excited at the prospect of trusting in someone I didn't know and having a completely different experience that would last longer than finding my way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
The first step was putting my backpack and anything that lights or glows such as mobile phone and even my watch that has hands that glow in the dark into a locker. I surrendered my glasses and as another person in the group said, the first thought when you hand your glasses over is "But, how will I be able to see?" but heading into complete darkness would make glasses pointless anyway.
There were six of us in the group and we were briefed on what was going to happen and provided with white canes corresponding to our height with some simple instructions on keeping them on the floor. The next step was to head into the darkness using our canes and holding onto a railing. Once I'd entered the darkness, my eyes and brain kept struggling to see but it only took a few moments to let that go, it's going to be pitch black, nothing to see, just embrace the darkness and experience.
A voice came to us from the darkness, it was our guide who was going to lead us through the experience. We were provided with some more instructions and were given some directions for the first stage. We introduced ourselves so the guide knew how many of there were and could familiarise ourselves with the others. It's amazing how comforting a voice, even that of a stranger is in complete darkness.
The slow shuffle and feeling around with our canes and at some points, hands began. There were different surfaces on the walls and floors to experience, rooms to explore and a trip around Melbourne. We were expertly helped by our guide and as we developed trust amongst ourselves, discovered we could explore and share our experiences with each other. I'll leave the details of the various experiences as a surprise, but I will say it was interesting and provided a good cross section of experiences in Melbourne that most people will be familiar with.
I was pleasantly surprised at how focused I became on the sound of the guides voice, and any instructions amongst the group. There weren’t the distractions of things flashing by, shops, people, vehicles, etc so we're relying on our ears to provide us with distance and direction along with our canes to avoid stepping on each other and to find objects in the dark. Our guide was wonderful and he added to an incredible experience with his calmness, clear instructions and encouragement. We also had a question and answer session with our guide during the experience where he explained his personal situation and provided background information on his guide dog and the work of Guide Dogs Victoria in providing confidence and assistance in his daily life. Dialogue in the Dark is a wonderful and powerful experience that provides an opportunity to learn, experience and develop confidence and trust in a situation that so many of us have never experienced. I highly recommend that you go along and enjoy the experience and wonderful staff. It's an experience I want to try again to explore more.
SUTHERLAND TRIO CONCERT: TRANSCENDENCE website review by Nadia Pleshkova
The Sutherland trio captures your heart with the first notes playing. Named after the Australian composer, teacher and the Ambassador of the promotion of the new and particularly Australian music, Margaret Sutherland. The trio consists of equally astounding and distinguished musicians. The international prize winners - violinist Elizabeth Sellars, cellist Molly Kadarauch and pianist Caroline Almonte bring the most stimulating and magnificent unison of their instruments. The trio's repertoire consists of classical as well as international modern composers. Clearly through shared love and passion towards the literature, each peace is introduced with the story of its inspiration and creation. The Sutherland trio's welcoming manner and effortless play take you away from everyday issues of life without you even realizing it until they stop. Since establishing itself in 2011, the trio performs regularly at the Melbourne Recital Centre; the most stunning Salon with the amazing accoustics. You can also follow the trio at various music festivals and other numerous concerts.
THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS website review by Rachel Sandey
The Fairytale Lives Of Russian Girls is a play written by Meg Miroshnik, young American author. It's a bizarre and mysterious cocktail of old Russian folk and fairy tales with contemporary real life stories of young Russian women (and girls).
The director of the production is Elizabeth Millington, who cleverly created an extremely engaging, mesmerising, humorous and somewhat scary spectacle on stage. In Elizabeth's note of introduction she writes: "It's been such a pleasure working on a production brimming with strong , hilarious and slightly crazy personalities ..."
There is some very brief words on the synopsis. The first scene starts with the Russian words: " Zhili bili" to be translated "Once upon a time" like all fairy tales begin . It's all about a 20 years old Annie (Erica Field), who was sent by her mother Olga (Linda Cookson) from USA back to Moscow to find some business opportunities and to polish up her Russian. Annie was invited to stay with the old friend of her mother, Yaroslava Yanovna (Felicity Steel), who appeared to be " Baba Yaga" whose favorite food was young girls (!). But before she ate them she would have fed them a lot in order to make them tastier. Annie meets the other girls ere, Masha ( Cazz Bainbridge), who was kept in captivity by vicious Bear (Misha), then Katya (Laila Thaker), poor, but very smart girl, whose aim was to find a rich husband, and Nastya, a prostitute. They all had different destinies, but their life paths were somehow interconnected.
While the story was unfolding it was getting very hard to separate the reality from fiction especially for some people from Australian audience, who are not familiar with fairy tales involved in the play although us, who know the tales very well is was a real delight to follow.
I must mention the musical effects used during the performance, which gave this Russian aroma to over the whole impression from the play. The first song was famous "Katyusha", then " Kalinka" and in the end the beloved Russian anthem.
I believe it's an interesting, original and very creative masterpiece, the work of all participants of this production.
I also hope there will be the opportunity for the public to see it in the near future, as it was showing for just 8 days.
SHRINE BY TIM WINTON website photos and pre-show dress rehearsal review: Glen Wilson
In a world where the road toll is simply a part of life, Shrine brings home the reality on a personal level. The title Shrine is taken from the roadside memorials left by family’s and friends at accident scenes.
Shrine gives us a very personal insight to the effects on a family loosing their only child to a road accident. The play takes the audience through a journey of loss, anger and denial, from the perspective of the parents, the mates involved in the accident and the girl was a special part of his life.
Shrine isn’t a play to be enjoyed or make you feel good. It will upset and disturb. It will take you deep inside every parents worst nightmare – that late night phone call or knock at the door.
Shrine is a must see for every parent with a young driver, and all young drivers it will bring home the reality of road deaths.
The play is brilliantly written and acted. Sets are simple with dark dramatic lighting.
Don’t miss this extraordinary play, it will make you rethink every time you pass one of those roadside Shrine`s and wonder........ what if this happened to my family.
review and the photo below: by Genie Koulaeva
Tim Winton – Shrine
It has often been said that the western world is inept at dealing with death. Grief comes in many forms, true, yet our grief often seems to involve anger, denial, questioning, self-pity, tears and silence. Shrine, Tim Winton’s third foray into the world of theatre (heralding from a background as an award-winning novelist), plunges the characters and audience into an exploration of heartache and what it means to grieve after an unexpected road tragedy.
Accidents can take lives, but also change lives, both for those immediately involved in the crash as well as those left behind, loved ones and friends. Winton no doubt drew heavily from his own experience as a teenager in a car accident, and has previously said that crash shaped his life, goading him to pursue his dreams of becoming a writer and never giving up. Perhaps he wondered “what if…” and perhaps “Shrine” is that “what if” brought to life through 18 year-old Jack Mansfield’s death.
Leon Salom’s abstract and minimalist set is an evocative and well thought out design, playing with light and shadows and breaking down the wall between cast and audience. Sound design (Marcel Dorney) complemented the production very well, though lighting was hit and miss at times. Though overall the cast gave strong performances, some, especially that of June Fenton (Tenielle Thompson) and Mary Mansfield (Ally Fowler) were limited severely by Winton’s script and understanding of female psyche, and from a likely lack of direction on the part of Thompson. At times the play felt superficial and cliché almost in its portrayal of the grief-stricken mother, the stoic father, the spoilt preppy private school boys pretending to be “best mates” (Keith Brockett, Nick Clark) yet there were some poignant and well delivered scenes, though they were few.
What this play did well, in spite of its often two-dimensional characters and patchy performances, was to give a voice to the internal and frequently silent struggle of losing someone so young. Having lost a friend on the road at a similar age to Jack, I acutely remember the pain and senselessness of that unexpected tragedy, and of a life not lived. Winton and KIN Collective explore this in a new and provocative way and for that they should be congratulated.
An interesting production, worth a visit, especially for those that have enjoyed Tim Winton’s other works.
Reviewed by Genie Koulaeva exclusively for Bohemian Rhapsody Online Magazine
DIAMONDS ARE FOR TREVOR 80TH BIRTHDAY EDITION website review by Bryanna Reynolds
REVIEW: Diamonds Are For Trevor
"Its the type of entertainment you could watch for hours upon hours"
Hamer Hall was filled to capacity for Trevor Ashley's 80th Birthday Edition tribute performance to Dame Shirley Bassey.
From the moment you walked in the doors of the the Arts Centre in Melbourne you knew you were in for a night of luxury, entertainment and laughs.
Trevor Ashley is an Australian entertainment and drag performance artist. It was straight off the back of his performance of the same tribute show to Dame Shirley Bassey in the Sydney Opera House that Melbournians were able to embrace such a glorious show.
On stage is a 24 piece classical orchestra conducted by the legendary John Foreman, whom also plays the piano throughout and embraces comedic moments with 'Bassey'.
Imagine you are in a glamorous casino and all of a sudden you are caught up in an absolutely glittzy musical number with James Bond music playing and Dame Shirley Bassey breaks out into hits like Goldfinger, Big Spender & Diamond's are Forever to name a few. Bassey even broke into some aussie hits in the latest act!
The costumes are dazzling and that is all thanks to Academy Award Winner Tim Chappel who created the specialised sparkling beauties. Imagine being decked out in sequins and diamonds from head to toe, every girls dream come true!
Trevor performed comedy acts throughout the night whilst it was split into 2 acts there was monologue between each song where an appropriate amount of Champagne would be poured and a funny skit would play out between the orchestra on stage, the audience and John Foreman. It was perfectly timed the whole night, I just wish it was longer.
You are guaranteed to leave the show walking away with a slight groove in your walk performing 'Big Spender' yourself. I would love to see this again and can't wait to see what Trevor Ashley does next!
MULTICULTURAL GALA CONCERT BY SHALOM ASSOCIATION MELBOURNE website press release by Glen Wilson
Shalom Association Multicultural Gala Concert. Glen Eira Arts Complex Sunday 21st May
The Shalom Association hosted a spectacular concert, showcasing some of Melbourne’s finest musicians and performers. Opening the performance was the stunning vocals of Vered Harnell. Vered teamed up with Brett Kaye for some brilliant duets.
Rada Tochalina - my first real introduction to opera was courtesy of Rada`s outstanding Soprano vocals. Rada`s performance was incredible as always , Rada teamed up with Brett Kaye for some beautiful duets.
Richard Thomas gave an outstanding rendition of ‘The Prayer” – one of the finest I’ve heard of this classic piece. The Jewish choir “Zemer” under the direction of Brett Kaye performed one of my all time favourites ‘Hallelujah' along with Hebrew and a song in Zulu.
The Melbourne Chinese choir – Melbourne Sound of music Ensemble performed as the Ladies group followed by Men’s Group and finished off with a group performance – Highlighted by a selection from Verdi`s Ill Traviata. The evening also featured 2 incredible young performers Antony Feldman – Violin and Inessa Tan – Bollywood Dancer .
Also performing were pianists, Tamara Vasilevitsky & Iouna Mashlak, Saxophonist Alex Medved and Julian Vilsten whos spinning lights routine gave some incredible photo opportunities.
This was a stunning evening of fine music and performances, one which equally rivals the best of the best. The concert featured a rich combination of traditional Jewish along with Russian & western music.
The evening concluded with plenty of dancing with the whole audience invited to join in.
Keep an eye out for their next performance and go along for an exceptional evening that will not disappoint.
Glen, GW Photography
DOG LOVERS SHOW MELBOURNE 2017 website photography: Kieran McNamara
Dog Lovers Show was run for there days 5-7 May at the Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building. For many people like ourselves who own dogs their lovely four legged family members are not only pets, they are friends who know,understand and feel us, who trust us and love us unconditionally. They are the creatures the whole household is rotating around. This is true - just forget to not go for a walk twice a day - they will remind you as well as they will remind you when is the best time of the day to play, to sleep, to caress, to get naughty and to dream. Their eyes tell you more than any other eyes in the world. They stare at you with so much passion you can only reply to such love with hugs and kisses. Once my husband said: "if I only knew the love from I can get from my puppies I would never get married" - but such expressions can be very dangerous especially if they are said in front of a good wife like myself :) although I understand these words. Our pets are reflections of us. They are trusting and kind, tender and considerate to the other humans apart from their owners following their upraising. They never forget their first owner as they will always consider him/her to be their most loving parent. If you want to learn what your dog think just connect and turn into their consciousness. You might also find out in some situations they are smarter than us, have better skills in certain and they are telepathic of course. One of our dogs reads our minds easily. We call him silently from the other room and he runs. Our other dog is way young to use this trick yet. I can write a whole book about our two four legged kids but we talk about the Dog Lovers Show - just reminding you (and myself) this too...
Cutting the long story short: the exhibition was better than ever! Is was so full of very generous exhibitors and assorted activities. We learnt a lot in one day at the exhibition about new products, new tricks with the dogs and much more. This year more charities and dogs related organisation were present at the exhibition and it was very pleasant to see. I loved the most when you walk freely at the exhibition and suddenly you feel someone's cold nose in your palms - she/he is saying hello and tells us: "I know you have puppies too and I think I love them too" - the dogs smile at you on every corner of the Show. Melbourne is so rich and diverse on breeds and passionate people who adore their "besties".
While I tell you this let's remember that having a dog at home is theraputic: they care about you the same way you care about them - this care that we get back is priceless. They save human lives, they work in the fields, they play parts in most famous movies, they are most significant parts of our lives.
I now understand why when I was small (and more close to the source, to god) I asked my parents for a brother or a sister and I would always add to my question: "if you do not want to gibe a birth to a child at least give a birth to a dog or a cat". I felt very lonely in my childhood as most of the time I had to spend with myself. Now when I have Dasha and Tosha , our puppies at home I understand what I was lacking. I am happy that my grandchildren will have pets: both cats and dogs at the houses of our two human kids.
50,000 visitors went to the show this year; we look forward to the Cat Lovers Show and to the next year Dog Lovers Show 2018: the event fill of education, lovely interactions and entertainment.