AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER CHOIR NEW BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON website review by Ivan Lubkov
Australian Chamber Choir – By the waters of Babylon The world famous Australian chamber choir returned to Sydney to perform “By the waters of Babylon” in iconic venue St. Mary's Cathedral. The artists presented a program containing compositions that received standing ovations across Europe in Bonn, Hamburg, Vienna, Florence, Rome and many more cities in Austria, Germany and Italy. The Concert starts off with the composition “An Wasserfkussen Babylon” by Johann Sebastian Bach. The song explores the struggles of people fleeing war and their search for ways to continue their cultural traditions in a foreign land. Even though the memories of their glorious homeland still linger in their minds they have to find the strength to live on and pass their prayers in an unfamiliar place. The concert is continued by the work “I Sat Down Under His Shadow” by Edward Bairstow which uncovers the thoughts of the people who had to venture as a flock under the scorching beams of the sun into a place where they could finally rest under the shadow and think about the ways they could show gratitude and appreciation. The show is continued by works from Pater Noster, Giovanni Pierluigi, Luke Hutton, Tom Henry, Frank Martin, Richard Dering, William Byrd and Orlando Gibbsons. The acoustics of the venue were astonishing the voices of the singers were smooth and confident. The program is perfect for people that appreciate music and want to have a friendly day with the family.
Bohemian Rhapsody Club were lucky enough to attend ‘Water Child’ a play written by award winning playwright Emma Wood and directed by Kris Weber and performed at a quaint theatre in a church on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia.
Did you know one in six couples struggle with fertility? This play so beautifully talks about and discusses the subject faced by many couples and brings up the difficulties it can place on a marriage.
The stage begins with a simple living room and invites the audience right into the home of Jeannie and Mark on the morning of Jeannie’s 40th birthday. It just so happens that same morning they receive the devastating news at an ultrasound that the baby they have been longing for has no heartbeat. What is ironic through this opening sequence is that through the devastation of finding out a life the couple want so badly has ended is juxtaposed in the living room of a home. The play explores the after effects a miscarriage has on Mark and Jeannies relationship and the support of their closest friends and family.
Emma Wood’s heart and soul can be felt throughout the story unfolding and the devastation and heartbreak the couple go through is heartbreaking to watch. I can’t wait to see what Emma Wood writes next, she is a truly talented playwright.
I would love to see a series adaptation of the ‘Water Child’ as it is a play that people no matter their own circumstances can learn more about the struggle that 1 in 6 couples face with fertility. Even from a relationship perspective the play is just as much about the toll situations take on a relationship and the extremes that people are willing to take to make things work.
The actors are all first class and really pour their emotions into every scene. The title characters Jeannie and Mark played by Marti Ibrahim and Travis Hancock are brilliantly casted and Ibrahim’s raw emotion in dealing with a miscarriage is so heartfelt.
One of the lovely intertwined elements throughout the play was the use of music in combining scenes. It was a lovely addition to the anxious times being acted out on stage.
Under the direction of Kris Weber, award winning director who has now directed more than 60 plays the cast including Rachel Clayton, Stephanie King and Gabriella Mazzarino have truly created a unique play that I would recommend people from 25 - 45 checking out. I hope the play travels around Australia and more people get to see the work of this magnificent cast and crew as a whole.
I have no doubt this play will one day be gracing our screens and comforting so many more people on the subject and issues faced with fertility.
THE MELBOURNE MUSICIANS: TELEMANN 250 NEW website review: Maggie Beresford
The singer accompanied by the orchestra was an astonishing conglomerate of skills and beauty combined with excellence
The warm ambience and the outstanding talent and amazing passion of the musicians resonated with me as well as in the audience of music lovers .
I highly commend these musicians and definitely a must see performance
THE HOUSE OF DIOR AT NGV NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
February 12, 1947 in Paris on avenue Montaigne barely known designer Christian Dior launched his first collection. Thus, the famous style New Look was born to make a revolution in the fashion world and to turn couture house Christian Dior into the legend.
In commemoration of this event the National Gallery of Victoria presents the exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture.
The name of Christian Dior is firmly associated with the femininity of the silhouette, elegance and sophisticated sense of balance. The exhibition allows to appreciate this in full by recreating the atmosphere of love for beauty and aura of luxury.
The very first hall embraces a visitor by French chic and forces to forget about the whole world, forwarding one to the kingdom of a fairy tale. Unable to escape, one reverentially follows through the halls, feeling like a Cinderella at the ball. Garments take turns in front of the eyes, breath is intercepted by the beauty and … suddenly… the iconic staircase is beheld. Almost that one from avenue Montaigne!
And further - the walk of fame! Stunning haute couture pieces of different years. Trying them on in mind, the visitor passes by feeling a bit as a Parisian. Once one assumes nothing could be more impressive, exquisite palette hat emerges within an eyeshot. In the mist of happiness passing through the arch, Dior's magic conquers all the visitor’s attention with dresses swirling in the dance and reflecting in mirrors as well as iridescent glare on the walls echoing them. Here it is, the embodiment of pure beauty and the fairy tale, which every woman desires to visit!
GEELONG GALLERY NEW Fred Williams in the You Yangs website review by Gabriel Grech
Fred Williams, In the You Yangs, celebrates the individuality of the Australian landscape and the profound effect it has on not only the artist but on the individual. Williams embodies the colors, textures and expanse of this region of Australia successfully through his collection. Inspired by the geographical location of the famous granite ridges of the You Yang’s approximately 55 km south-west of Melbourne and 22 km north-east of Geelong, in Victoria, Australia. William’s communicates through these paintings a connection to the landscape and a true desire to express this on canvas. The opening of this exhibit was a triumph, and a truly honest observance of the regions ability to inspire and affect persons in art and life.
CRAZY HORSE AT CROWN MELBOURNE NEW website photography: Rouben Dickranian
This was the song that was filling up the air after the show, that was the only song I could hear around... Why? My friend kept singing it on the way back to the car - this is why!!! Well I should admit it is still in my ears now! And not because he keeps singing it everywhere but just because it is light and it creates it! It creates childlike playfulness, light-hearted mood and innocent sexy feeling and frisky love making state of mind. Despite all the negative reviews I would love to be honest and stay on the other side - positive. It is a European style of cabaret: it is synchronised to the perfection of the Olympic sync swimmers or to the army parade showcases. It is choreographed to the point of an absolute flawlessness, it is staged to the excellence of the best British Queen's guard soldiers bearing and it is performed with the great talent of the most gifted troupe.
The show runs at The Palms at Crown Melbourne, until 02 September. Pleas rush in for the tickets as they go like hot cakes and make sure you book yours in advance.
Now back to the cabaret. The Crazy Horse Paris is all about female beauty in its natural form, it is all about feminine sensuality and sexuality. Please be prepared to misbehave. Please be prepared to cap a lot, Please be prepared to be entertained the way Melbourne has not experienced before
Forever Crazy is the name of the show. Unless you are a cold and reserved person get in the mood to get crazy, be cheeky, and get bold. It is not a show for everyone's taste but it was for ours indeed.
THE PERFUME GARDEN NEW website review: Jennifer Zaman photography: Glen Wilson
The Perfume Garden
A play set in the Indian milieu where spices and fantasies come together to spin a beautiful story that recounts the saga of most families whose roots a deep entangled in the morals of Indian values. Playwright and producer Rajendra Moodley’s current play revolves around the dream sequences that an ordinary person stuck in the struggle for self-pride, self-conscience, and self-sufficiency can escape to. And when the struggle is only aggravated by the cultural differences, dreams take the form of fantasies, one that swoops away from the harsh realities.
Mr. Moodley conceived this story 18 years ago and it is highly influenced by his childhood imaginations of Indian Gods and Goddess and how they possibly looked like. The Indian fables and stories about rich spice markets left quite an impression on his young mind, and years later, it takes a concrete shape in the form of this play.
The play involves five central characters who try to fight their individual troubles and fears, which are, unfortunately, dependent on the actions of one another. Every character is well-defined, each with his/her own typical accents and beliefs. Mr. Moodley, himself, plays the role of the dreamer Anand, the only son of Satya (played by Vishawajeet Pradhan) and Chitra (played by Laura Lattuada). Satya owns a spice store in suburban Melbourne, however, he remains the conservative Tamilian that he was and Chitra is left to be the pacifier. While Satya curses Coles for destroying his authentic spice business, he wants Anand to succeed the store and get married to Devi (played by Sacha Joseph), who travels all the way from India to marry him. Anand, a scaredy-cat, wants to do something more meaningful in his life other than owning a dilapidating spice store but has the courage to share his dreams and aspirations only with Ayah (played by Khema De Silva), a stroke victim who could neither listen nor talk. However, in their lone hours, Ayah would talk, walk, and dance like an ordinary person, and offered Anand the confidant he never had. She was like the holy grail of morals and life experiences and Anand finds his mentor in her.
The dialogues have a funny underline but at the same time, projects the story of a family torn between being culturally right and practically wrong and vise versa. To add more spice to it, the fantasies are highlighted by Bollywood dance numbers, perfectly choreographed and styled to justify the mystical background of the script. The colourful and bright dance performances add the extravaganza that Indian movies are sought for. The dancers were from the Ignite Bollywood and Victorian State Ballet dance schools. A huge shout-out goes to the choreographer Jagriti Bhatia from Ignite, who did a commendable job seamlessly coordinating all 7-8 dance routines.
Director Paul Watson requires a special mention for putting his expertise in a complicated story-line as this one and bringing forth an Indian drama with the cast where not everyone is familiar with the various Indian accents and body languages. The performance of each character is worth-mentioning and goes a long way to prove the multiculturism that Australia stands for.
Bollywood actor Mr. Vishwajeet Pradhan was undeniably the star of the show, with years of experience in movies, theatre, and television, “The Perfume Garden” is his first international project.
This play is highly recommended!!
QUEEN: IT'S A KINDA MAGIC NEW website reviews: Bryanna Reynolds and Anna Berger
by Bryanna REVIEW: Queen: Its A Kinda Magic By Bryanna Reynolds
Bohemian Rhapsody CLub were lucky enough to attend Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic, tribute show to the infamous band Queen at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne, Australia.
The entire performance was a show and concert in one. It honestly made you feel like you were in the presence of music royalty.
The stage was set up with a drum set upon a staircase in the middle of the stage featuring bright lights that reminded you of headlights. Then there were the keyboards and a full size piano. The area was brought to life by the fantastic lighting, it was truly one of the best lighting setups I have ever seen.
The multi talented Giles Taylor heading the show as Freddie Mercury is wonderful and slips right into character throughout the night as do the portrayal of the other band members.
Songs included the infamous, Bohemian Rhapsody, Under Pressure, It's a Kinda Magic, We Are The Champions and to the audience's demands at the end of the show the crowd stomped to ‘We Will Rock You’ to name a few. Even after the crowd cheered for an encore the band were happy to come out again.
On the back of the stage there was also a screen with various graphics and video installations throughout the show. This added to the performance so much and they even had a camera showing Freddies (Giles) face while he sung and played the piano, so that the audience could still see him. This was definitely a bonus.
Even when Freddie was throwing water out onto the crowd in true rock star style there wasn't a moment of dull experience. I really wish I could experience the show again.
Each performer of the band truly brought their own unique style to the people they were portraying and always stayed in character.
If you are a fan of live music than this show is definitely for you and i must add that it is family friendly, there were big and little kids of all ages, although i would say probably ten and older as it is a loud environment. It was great to get a taste of what seeing Queen in real life would be like. I can't wait to see what they get up to next and i hope people across the world get to experience their tribute show to the infamous Queen.
by Anna QUEEN: IT'S A KINDA MAGIC - To the delight of band’s fans and especially those of us who were too young to fully appreciate them in their prime - four super talented musicians have recreated QUEEN's 1986 World Tour to an absolute perfection. One would think that to fill Freddie Mercury’s shoes would be super difficult - if not impossible - but it seems the charismatic Giles Taylor totally nailed it! His passionate attention to detail: the voice, the physical appearance, the outrageous costumes and of course his flamboyant behaviour quickly had the audience transported to the mid 80’s believing they were singing and dancing at QUEEN's World Tour. The guitarist also did not disappoint! Australia's Richie Baker as guitarist Brian May, who with his jet black curls delivered phenomenal guitar work on his replica of the original 'Red Special'guitar- taking audience breath away with his superb solo performance.
Also, South African talented Steven Dennett as bass guitarist John Deacon added massive fun factor to the whole performance making sure audience was constantly involved.
Out of all the talented musicians however one that totally stood out for me was Brisbane born drummer Kyle Thompson whose incredibly intense solos and the passion in his delivery absolutely rocked the performance and would make Roger Taylor proud.
The audience, a little older than the original 1986 concert fans and perhaps a little more restricted by the formal theatre venue - were totally thrilled to immerse themselves in the iconic ballads, like ‘We Will Rock You’ , ‘Fat Bottom Girls’ and ‘I want to Ride My Bicycle’.
The overall concert was top class; technically (the lights and instruments) , theatrically (costumes) and of course musically with it'sshowy glam rock, heavy metal, and intricate vocal harmonies - the essence of Queen at its best!
BASTILLE DAY FRENCH CULTURE FESTIVAL NEW website review by Bryanna Renolds
EVENT: Bastille Day, French Festival Melbourne 2017 By Bryanna Reynolds
The Bastille Day French Festival this year ran from the 15th - 16th July, 2017 at the Meat Market venue in Melbourne, Australia.
You can watch the official promo video we created over on our Youtube Channel, Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine where we show a sneak peek at some of the social content posted at the festival.
If you are looking for a Festival to celebrate everything French then this is one you definitely do not want to miss. Put it on your calendar for 2018!
The festival combined the best of french music and culture in entertainment for crowds of all ages and there was more cheese and croissants than one should indulge on in a lifetime.
Throughout the day people were enticed through roving entertainment, raffle draws, food tasting and films to name a few.
It is a very unique experience to see for yourself and I would recommend supporting and getting in touch with the French Australian Association in Victoria. They offer countless events and even a Film Festival every year called the Alliance Française Film Festival. We also have a video on our Youtube Channel with the Director of the Festival.
I cannot wait to see what comes from the festival and how they will grow into their 4th annual festival next year in 2018.
Make sure to check out the exclusive promo video and interview with the director on our Youtube Channel, Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine.
MELBOURNE FESTIVAL NEW website press release by Maggie Beresford and Elissa Pousardin
Well!!! Encore !!..... Melbourne is most certanly the place to be this October ...whether you are a fan of music, theatre or dance there is something for everyone to enjoy and appreciate in Melbourne this October.
The Melbourne Festival ...from Art Trams to the House of Mirrors and exceptional 'must see' World Class performances all around Melbounre throughout October. It would be rather sad to miss out on all the fun!!
Some of the worlds best creative genuises including Jonathan Holloway (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) .. have been hard at work to ensure your undeniable enjoyment for everyone in Melbourne !!!
The unbeatable and sensational talent is too numerous to mention along with some of the greats not to be missed are the spectacular Taylor Mac , Under Siege , Yang Liping, Tanderrum, House of Mirrors, 7 Pleasures, In Plan, Phillip Adams Balletlab, Backbone Director Darcy Grant Helpmann Award Nominations including Best Choreography, Tree of Codes, Wayne McGregor, Olafur Elisson Jamie XX, The Season Writer , Nathan Maynard Director Issac Drandic, Germinal, Halory Gooerger and Antoine Defoort , Please continue (Hamlet) Yan Duyvendak and Roger Bernat, All the sex ive ever had Mammalian Diving Reflex Darren O 'Donnell All of My Friends were there , The Guerrilla Museum. Dark Circus Romain Bermomd and Jean Baptiste Maillet,Fredric Maurin, Caravan Susie Dee and Nicki Wilks, In between two CAAP, We love Arabs, Hillel Kogan and Adi Boutrou, Two Jews walk into a theatre, Brian Lipson and Gideon Obarzanek, The Magnetic Fields Stephin Merritt , A Requim for Cambodia Bangsokol,Rithy Panh , Voyage of Time, Terrence Malick Cate Blanchett with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Path of Miracles Tenebrae Choir Joby Talbot, 'Round Midnight Emanuelle Arciuli, Double Manual Peter De Jager, Alexis Taylor, Joel Beving, Black Rider , Tom Waits and William S Burroughs, Lambchop, Kurt Wagner, Glories of The French Baroque Brenda Rae, Turning Point Australian Strung Quartet, Dale Barltop ,Francesca Hiew, Stephen King , Sharon Grigoryan, More Up A Jim White , Claudia De Serpa Soares and Eve Sussman, Like Running Water, Ella Thompson, Clio Renner and Sui Zhen , Prue Stent , Honey Long, No new noise Australian Creative Music Ensemble, Joe O'Connor, Rueben Lewis, Alistair McLean , Diomira, Australian Art Orchestra Composer Peter Knight, The Festival of Questions, Survival Skills for Desperate Times Curators Angarad Wynne-Jones, Arts House Artistic Director Gideon Obazanek, Melbourne Festival Artistic Associate, Artists in Conversation Festival Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway wil join artists every Saturday for a duscussion about their work. Directors Lab, Melbourne In this Vessel we shall be kept ,Ayoung Kim, Porosity Valley Portable Holes ,Ayoung Kim, Kader Attia was the recipient of Frances most prestigious art award Le Prix Marcel Duchamp Curator Rachel Kent , A Short History of My Thought Joseph Kosuth, The Humours , Curator Hannah Mathews, An Unorthodox Flow of Images an Exhibition of 150 moving images, Curators Naomi Cass and Pippa Milne , The Score , Jacqueline Doughty , Experimental make sense , Over 20 leading International and Australian Artists, The Exhibition of a film Mathieu Copeland, Progress the game of Leaders Sam Lo, Visual Arts Day A Full day of exhibitions performances and talks.
Congratulations to Jonathan Holloway for making it all happen and many . Thanks to the Minister of Arts Martin Foley, the Hon Mayor Robert Doyle, AC Lord Mayor and Melbourne Festival Patron , the Executive Director Kath Mainland and Partners for making it possible and all of the partners for bringing to us these sensational performers and productions.
To everyone else i highly reccomend you buy a ticket or two.... to each and every performance you will be enthralled in a world of creative genuis by world class performers gauranteed to inspire.
How good is it : to go the theater with very low expectations or none at all and then in about two hours to discover gems. The show is simply excellent! The dancing parts of 5 young and fit men is interrupted by the small films form the lives of their community and comments and talks from their family and community members. One dance performance was followed by the other. The audience was wild watching the artists from the full theaters ,there was no one empty seat left. The boys all come from NE Arnhem Land and present the Indigenous dance- this is what you though it would be , but yes and no! - not exactly. Te dancers went through the indigenous but with such a modern and unexpected twist the audience was screaming in excitement. I did not , I was just laughing and enjoying the show to the maximum. The dancers went through Greek, Bollywood Indian, Singing In The Rain (with umbrellas of course) like the energy balls of fire. Nothing could stop them! the next dance was about morning and paying respect to the gone ones that was done with so much heart and emotions but so lightly and beautifully at the same time. There were single dancers showing the best they could do on stage. It was a real bliss to watch to be honest, I could not wait to see more and more and more. The single dancers all created a story about themselves and showed their stories through the dance.... and of course Michael Jackson was left aside. Michael was witty and ever plastic as a young rain. The dancers are unique and not only in their appearance but also in what they deliver on stage. They are ravingly irresistible, high-energy and exuberant to the extend of being contageously happy. The blend of traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture in their art makes this group to stand out from the dancers we know. I have to add it was a marvelous time I spent at the Map57 with its fireplaces and hot honey and lemon teas , Too bad my friend felt sick with flu and had to leave the theater.
COOK AND CO: SUITE LIFE NEW website review: Gabriel Grech photography: Stuart Buchanan
Through a Fusion of art forms, acting and music, Janis Cook took her audience on a journey of dedication, loss and resilience. The utilization of space, coupled with the outstanding talents of Josephine Vains and Leah Filley proved to be a match made in heaven. With the music simply reverberating through the venue in Clifton Arts Precinct on Tuesday night. Filley completed the dynamic, by providing an acting performance which did justice to a musicians life-long struggles and love affair with their art form. A relatable performance for many in the audience, and an appreciable one for those who witnessed Vains’ refined playing. A showcase of Australian talent in the arts, and proof that the richness of Melbourne culture and talent should be celebrated and indeed witnessed. Cook and Co will be performing next with ‘Connection 3’ on October 17th with Connection Three ‘In a manner of Austen.
MELBOURNE MAGIC FESTIVAL CLOSING UP GALA SHOW NEW website review: Bryanna Reynolds
REVIEW: The MMF Close Up Gala Show By Bryanna Reynolds
We were lucky enough to attend The MMF Close Up Gala Show held at the Northcote Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia. In celebration of the Magic Festival the night focused on showcasing the talents of performers and magicians who have shows throughout the festival.
The show was mesmerizing and a place where you could slip into a magical and exciting alternate universe where each and every performer took you on a journey.
Throughout the night various performers and magicians showcased their varied talents including, card tricks, hypnosis, illusions, puppetry, burlesque and so much more.
There were cameras there to capture the tricks on the table and were projected onto a large screen so that you could see the magic up close, definitely a bonus.
There were countless times where the performers left you speechless wondering how they were pulling off the tricks before your very eyes. Even now I am baffled as to how some of them worked.
Each performer brought their own unique style and the best part was that no two were the same even if they were close in genre.
If you are a fan of illusion, magic and tricks that you have to see to believe than this festival is for you. It was a wonderful opportunity to see a little bit of each performs show before their own individual shows. It was a little taste of their shows you could say which left a large impact and left you wanting more.
There were opportunities after the show to talk to the performers and even get some pictures in your favorite magic dress ups. All in all it was an inclusive environment where people wanted to actively engage with the audience and stage and it was suitable for kids of all ages.
I can't wait to see what the festival has in store for the future, make sure you get involved with the world of magic in Melbourne and keep the magic alive.
HOKUSAI ART EXHIBITION AT NGV NEW website review by Nadia Pleshkova
Katsushika Hokusai is considered to be the greatest and the most famous Japanese artist around the world. His first ever exhibition in Australia displays over 170 works at our own NGV in Melbourne. Naturally you'd be drawn and excited to see the finest and most known image of all oriental art "The Great Wave off Kanagawa". But, in fact, there's so much more in stall for the audience. In his 70 years of working life, Hokusai created incredible 30,000 art works, including woodblock prints, silk paintings, picture books, manga (small sketches), travel illustrations and paintings. It is great to see that NGV owns some of his pieces, like hand- printed books for example. The exhibition is set up in such a way that you can see the artist's early evolvement of his stylistic experiments and developments at the start, followed by the sections of his mature works with the following series: •Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji (1830-34) •Birds and Nature. •A Tour to the Waterfalls in Various Provinces (c.1832) •Remarkable Views of Bridges in Various Provinces (c.1834) •Eight Views of the Ryukyu Islands (c.1832) •One Hundred Ghost Stories (c.1831) And lastly the fascinating series of •One Hundred Poems explained by the Nurse - a visual interpretation of Japan's famous anthology of poems, the series expressing Hokusai's passion for literature. Hokusai was, no doubt, an extraordinary, daring and ever expanding free spirit, kind of a hippy in a traditional Confucian values and feudal power society. He secretly studied the prohibited then Western culture, and was significantly influenced by the Dutch and French landscape art. The traditional Japanese art of 1,500 years would never include the countryside or ordinarily humans in its surroundings but shoguns, samurai, geishas and sumo wrestlers with their street life. It was Hokusai who introduced the elements of Nature and realism of it with all its technical innovations into the Japanese art. So the famous "The Great Wave" woodblock print is actually a western painting seen through a Japanese style of flattening. In return, when the Japanese prints reached Europe by 1880s, the style called japonaiserie became very popular and had a great influence on such young artist like Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir and others. The artist was never serious about obtaining the social respect. Throughout his life, he changed his name about thirty times and lived in over ninety homes. He was obsessed with surpassing the age of 100 hence this number is presented in various forms throughout his artistic life. Incredible exhibition portraying the comprehensive insight into the life, times and the art of such major figure. Chat Conversation End
Editor's addition: in bed alone I hear a male mosquito buzzing sadly — Chigetsu
MAGIC FESTIVAL Simon Coronel: Things By Simon website review by Maggie Beresford
Things by Simon
Be prepared to be intellectually stimulated by creative genius Simon Coronel...at the magic show Things by Simon was surprising and shocking at times as well as educational.
I highly commend Simon Coronel for his humour and all of his hidden talents .
Simon will leave you with more questions than answers .
You will leave in bewilderment and a new sense of inspiration for the mysterious and the clever.
MAGIC FESTIVAL three reviews press release by Erkin Kalayci
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.