REST IN PIECES: BUTTERFLIES AND BUBBLES NEW website review: Olga Tolkacheva photos: Brett Styles
Rest in Pieces 'Butterflies and Bubbles' workshop review:
I initially came to this entomology and specimen preparation lesson to help overcome my irrational fear of insects.
I was also very curious: in our fast paced age, taxidermy seems to be so old-fashioned and outdated and politically incorrect.
My concerns were completely unfounded: - It is completely cruelty free: all specimens are obtained from specialized farms, and died from accidental or natural death. For example, the butterflies for our workshop came from the American butterfly preservation plantation. - Perfectly environmentally friendly – all chemicals used are the non-harmful household variety. - It was a lot of fun!
I didn't expect to enjoy it so much! It was a unique experience, wonderfully artistic, and very educational, in an entertaining and relaxed way.
The workshop is set up at the picturesque Fairfield Park Boathouse & Tea Gardens, which is a truly worthwhile place to visit by itself. We had an optional tea or coffee and were introduced to our instructor and his assistant.
Jason Penfold conducted the workshop, and is an art teacher and artist by trade. His interest and knowledge in entomology led to the opening of this particular workshop two years ago. He is a helpful instructor, spicing up logical step-by-step instructions and scientific facts (anatomy and life cycle of butterflies) with whimsical terminology and funny stories.
We were provided with delicious light lunch, tea & coffee, and as the name suggests, bubbly.
Rest in Pieces is the brainchild of Natalie Delaney-John, a young lady who is passionate and wonderfully articulate about her choices. She traveled the world following her interest of ‘lost arts’. A few years ago she started in Australia with a single taxidermy workshop, which has now expanded into the Skeletal Articulation and Butterfly entomology classes. Please see her full interview here ( link ?)
There are more workshops in the making, going wider and deeper. Natalie wants all her students to understand that there is nothing scary or gory about taxidermy, and that it can be presented positively and in a safe and clean environment. Her carefully composed lessons combine science and art, as well as theory and hands on practice and craft.
The next step is to open a permanent school where all this and much more can be taught to kids and adults. I can see that it can be really successful as Natalie already has 30 enthusiastic volunteers helping her. Some of her students return for a second time – which is always a positive sign.
By the end of the day I have learned several preparation techniques, a few interesting facts about butterflies and moths, and took home beautiful specimens that I prepared myself. The star of my collection was a magnificent huge black and turquoise Ulysses butterfly. However participants could choose a wonderfully decadent Death Moth instead. I also got to take home a shadow box to mount and display it in.
I am still uncomfortable with insects, but after attending this workshop I think I can appreciate the diversity of nature much more and I absolutely love my display box.
My verdict is: if you want to get away from plastic-fantastic and high tech, to be able to see and feel the fragility and beauty of nature, you will love Rest in Pieces workshop. It is truly an enjoyable and captivating event.
MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL: DUSTYEVSKY NEW website review by Yulia Assatryan
I always adored people with passion. I respect them extremely. But the show which I enjoyed this Saturday night was beyond my any expectations. A group from absolutely outback of Australia introduced the whole world to Russian traditional choir singing. They call themselves Dustiesky- a mocking variation of the great russian writer. Mullumbimby town in NSW( they call it Mullumbimbygrad--like Leningrad, Stalingrad. Grad in russian stands for city) all of a sudden became famous all over the world. They see everywhere- on u-tube, on news. Apart from light humor, sarcasm and humor, they sing very professionally and passionately. The songs which were compulsory part of my soviet school education about revolution and it's leader Lenin, which were hated by every child years back, and some world famous folk songs like Kalinin as well as a couple of russian orthodox hymns sounded that evening extremely entertaining . This group became very popular all over the world and in Russia as well. I saw them on russian news.They call themselves genuine fake Russians!!! I salute this countryside guys for finding their wonderful leisure activity which made them famous all over the world! The singing, talking , performing was stunning! We laughed our lungs out! The audience was 90 percent non-russian and they loved it. Melba Circus in Collingwood was the best match for that type of a show! The whole performance was funny , hilarious and just very passionate, people were singing and dancing with them! And bar was working at a full swing! 10 out of 10! Bravo! Bravo !
MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL: VIRGIN BLOODY MARY NEW website review by Max Davine
“Virgin Bloody Mary” At Errol’s & Co Max Davine
Some things you don’t know you haven’t seen enough of until you see them, and realize how precious little there is of them in the world. When it comes to physical comedy, for example, there are a few staple names that come to mind; people who throw their bodies, sanity and self-esteem on the line to get a laugh out of their audience: Rowan Atkinson’s “Mr. Bean”; The Three Stooges; Laurel and Hardy; Jim Carrey; Michael Richards (barring one unfortunate incident) and, of course, Groucho Marx and Buster Keaton. Notice anything? They’re all fricken’ men! If you’re keen enough a fan, you might credit Julia-Louis Dreyfus…but then, excellent a physical comedian as she is, even she struggled to find a chance to shine during the nine-year run of “Seinfeld”. Thank Fringe for Nadia Collins. Come to think of it, there is truly something to be said for a person who can stand before an audience for an hour and, without uttering an (intelligible) word, tell a story and have everyone in fits of laughter. It is not a challenge that comes with much appeal. The true test of the physical comedian is that, for safety reasons, every performance has to be highly polished and carefully choreographed but, unlike a dance, it can’t look like it was highly polished and carefully choreographed. It has to look chaotic and improvised. That work and discipline involved are incredible. The courage it takes to put oneself through the ordeal, in front of an audience less than arm’s length away, is astonishing. Collins pulls it off like someone who’s been doing it forever. With finesse worthy of her predecessors, she puts on the kind of show that evokes the Fringe of old, when we really pushed the boundaries of what was okay. But it’s never malicious. Collins is as fun as any host. A magnificent, accessible performer. Her show itself is a madcap hour of audience interaction, insane physical stunts, given the tiny space, and parody of all including herself. The audience were in stitches. Errol’s & Co is one of those fine Melbourne venues that you can spend a whole day at, so come in early, grab yourself a meal, and head upstairs to be spitballed, joked with, played along with and, above all else, entertained as much as any verbal comedy show. An excellent piece of Fringe theatre.
NICA PRESENT PRECIPICE NEW website review by Veronika Chekmareva
PRECIPICE by NICA is a second-year student performance, however the professionalism of the performance does not speak on a studying level. Intensely trained in the circus arts, the performers showed their best ability and heavy training and composed a flawless, detailed and highly entertaining performance. Left speechless, the audience was watching in awe the crazy handstands, acrobatics and trapeze arts - all leaving everyone watching breathless. It is a great achievement for NICA and everyone involved in the show - and we cannot wait to see what more comes of the young talent we witnessed on stage.
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Babi Yar NEW website review and photo: Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Babi Yar – 75th Anniversary Event Given at: Arts Centre Melbourne – Hamer Hall, on 17/9/2017.
Conductor & Artistic Director: Mark Shiell, Chorusmaster: Nicholas Cowall, Flute: Sally Walker, Bass-Baritone: Adrian Tamburini, Guest Concertmaster: Wilma Smith, Babi Yar Chorus (incorporating Melbourne Capella, Southern Voices Youth Chorale & Xavier College Senior Singers) Programme: Harry Sdraulig – ‘Crossway for Orchestra’ (World Premiere and commissioned by the Zelman Orchestra), Elena Kats-Chernin – ‘Flute Concerto Night and Now’.
To begin the evening, the appreciative audience responded well to Harry’s well conceived composition that expressed well the struggles and emotions reflecting from the tragedies at Babi Yar. The 15 minute piece in four movements showed tangible understanding from the composer and the orchestra of elements of fear, frenzy and drama with some sensitive passages from Wilma Smith culminating in a sense of hope. Harry was warmly acknowledged on stage – well done! The second offering was the beautiful flute concerto in 3 movements by Elena, with a duration of about 20 minutes and utilising a smaller orchestra. With a solemn but mellow and gentle purity, Sally took immediate control to express the intended Russian flavour of fairy tales along with close collaboration of the Orchestra. With playful passages and interplay with the strings, xylophone and bells, the short second movement ably embodied disappointment and joy as intended. Along with a quality cadenza passage, Sally revelled like a bird despite the complex passages flying along the flute with her nimble long fingers. The exciting Tarantella developed with abundance, flair and driving pace to conclude in a thrilling finish backed most ably by the orchestra. Noting Sally’s past association with Elena (refer to Sally’s ‘Kaleidoscope’ album, 2013 – my favourite) the enthusiastic and ecstatic audience coaxed Sally and Elena (piano) to present a charming little encore – again brilliant and very well received! Following the interval, the stage was set to fire up the audience with the Babi Yar Commemoration Ceremony, headed by Adrian Tamburini (Master of Ceremonies) and a keynote address by Alex Ryvchin. The reading of the Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s poem ‘Babi Yar’ by Brendan Zlatkis (in English) was simply outstanding and packed with emotion, flavoured with perfect diction and gutsy expression, combined in an air of engaging presence and connection. To complete this segment, Ravel’s ‘Kaddish’ was performed by Alex Pokryshevsky (Bass) and Renata Iskhakbaev (Piano) – a very moving Jewish Prayer for Mourning by Ravel. We also had the pleasure of acknowledging and seeing Yelena Gorodetsky – the only survivor of Babi Yar in Australia. With a solemn and serious start to the first section of the Symphony ‘Babi Yar’, the Chorus led the way followed by an impressive start by Adrian and well guided by Mark. The changes of keys and tempos were ably handled, depicting the various stories of Yevgeny’s poem (sung in Russian but translated in the programme). Additionally, this 20 minute movement provided some full bodied drama although the 60 piece choir could have been larger to provide a bit more grunt. ‘Humour’ was the next movement that aimed at depicting freedom of expression through humour – despite suppression by rulers. The Orchestra was well rounded with some sweet violin solos from Wilma along with the powerful and expressive voice of Adrian, ending with a big finish. By now, the audience was noticeably connecting with the strong emotional elements driven convincingly by Adrian. ‘In the Store’ was a short sombre movement depicting the resilience of women queuing and the harshness of life, but well handled by the choir and the soloist. Without a pause, ‘Fears’ encapsulated the distressing terror of the Soviet Communist regime with some soft and expressive sections from the horns and cellos along with some beautiful solos from the flute. As the tenseness of fears and droning climaxed, a postlude assured the continuity of the feelings without a break and into the last movement – ‘Career’. With a focus on Galileo’s condemnation by his contemporaries, the highlights were some nice pizzicato from the strings, smooth bassoon passages, including bells and an overall powerful blend with a divine end signifying hope. After about an hour, the ecstatic audience gave the performers a standing ovation and rightfully so! The day was a momentous occasion that should perhaps be repeated every 5 years possibly with a bigger chorus. Congratulations to the Zelman Orchestra and everyone who took part, including all who supported the event. SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect) 22 September 2017.
SOUTH ASIAN AUSTRALASIA BEAUTY PAGEANT NEW website review: Dina Gavrilova photos: Erkin Kalayci Jenny's MUAH :Yuliana Halim at Yuliana Makeup Artistry
Directors of MIQ Mr. Saket Srivastava Anamika
Sponsors: Hume Haveli - Raj Mann Cake Smash - Prathiti Creative corner Celebrations - Ms. Rajwinder and Mr. Param. Main make-up and hair style sponsor Sanjhi Awaz Radio- Ms. Shama Bhangu, Sanjhi Awaz Salahuddin Ahmad DPTV- Faraz Bindaz Bol - Arpita Bhatt Australian Indo Fijian Association of Victoria - Mr and Mrs Rohit and Shalini Kumar, the president and secretary of AIFAV Desi Finance Colour me Pink- Preetika and Akshay Ms Aviti Sharma Art of lashes – Arti Dhindsa, Amita Ros Oh my Gloss - Inoshi Soneez beauty – Soni Sharma Lipsense – Rebecca Sethi Shiki fashions Mr. Anthony Kurera (Gypsy Road band) Bejwelled Ghehna Fork and fingers – Rohini Saini Amit Singh Fifth Avenue collection - Sanela Makki
Thanks to : Scientology church Mr. Deepak Vinayak Mr. Rex Flannery, Councillor City of Casey
Contestants: Rohini, Punjab India Jennifer, Assam India Ruchi, Rajasthan India Richa Dudhani Indian Australian community Ranitha Indian Australian community Ramya, Kerala India Sumedha, Sri Lanka Neha, Gujrat India Shilpa, Australian Indo Fijian Association of Victoria Krishnil, Australian Indo Fijian Association of Victoria Ananya, Bangladesh Atika, Pakistan Arvinder, Punjab India Wida, Afghanistan
Other names: (they supposed to give away prizes but im not sure that 100% presented) Bharat Shah from Satya times Harveen from Bejewel Gehena Garima Chaturvedi from Chikan Couture Sandeep Dhaliwal Noella from Fleurence Priyanka Dewan Ms. Swanjit Kaur
Beauty pageant… I’ve never participated this sort of events. Even more surprising was to realize that the atmosphere behind the scenes was so familiar. The spirit of a fair competition was scattered in the air. Nervous but very together contestants were busy whilst those supporting them seemed even more concerned. Leaving them for the latest preparations we moved to check the hall. Fog, lights and catwalk were all set up and ready for the show. A few moments and it began. All the anxiety and agitation were left behind giving way to charming smiles and elegant walks. Fourteen participants from different regions performed their best with introductions, singing and dancing. The audience greeted them very warmly. But the true support people showed during Kids Fashion Show which included 5 to 11 years old children. All this was complimented by sponsors’ walk on the stage. And here we go, the moment of the truth, the culmination of the day - rewarding winners. And the crown goes to… Richa Dudhani. Happiness and disappointment knew no bounds. However, confidently overcoming all the emotions contestants united for a final photoshoot celebrating the power of beauty!
MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL: NIGELLA - LOVE BITES NEW website review by Yulia Assatryan
Nigella, love bites is a pure treat , a real gen success of Fringe festival. It is a complete right combination of jazz, humor and wonderful personal charm of Raelene Isbester whose personal resemblance of Nigella Lawson is amazing! The show is witty, funny and extremely entertaining! The soft ambiance of Alex theatre also matches very well the whole essence of the show.Raelene is beautiful and bright, musical accompaniment is high class! It is a swell production! Ten out of ten! Bravo!
INTERVIEW WITH NIGELLA
YA: What inspired you to follow her shows? N: Like so many other people I love watching her TV programs because of how engaging she comes across on the screen. You really feel like she loves what she is doing which makes her so interesting to watch. I was fascinated by what an incredibly strong woman she is which is one of the main reasons for the show being created.
YA: If you were Nigella what will be your favourite kind of sugar? N: Well I cant really answer as Nigella as I am not her but for me I find it very difficult to go past Chocolate when its on offer!
YA: Does she like cookie dough better raw or baked? N: Personally I love eating cookie dough especially during a movie night with friends and family.
YA: Have you ever eaten a bag of doritos instead of dinner? N: Definitely!! After a performance it can be quite late so I am generally ravenous and usually devour anything I can get my hands on!
SOPHIA RAYAT CHARITY EVENT NEW website press release: Stuart Buchana
Sophia Rayat , finalist of #AustralianInternationalPageant for Mrs., Ms, Miss & Miss Teen Australia International run by Ferial Youakim / Ferial Youakim http://www.internationalpageants.com.au/blog-1/2017/7/19/a-strong-person-shed-tears-for-a-moment-then-gets-up-fight-again ran a Charity Fundraiser Event on Sep 9 at 0630pm at the Mulgrave Country Club LINKS: https://www.facebook.com/sophia.rayat/posts/10212106956843041 https://www.facebook.com/sophia.rayat/posts/10212106956403030 donation page: https://www.mycause.com.au/page/159424/the-global-womens-project-fundraising-dinner photography: Stuart Buchanan at Third Life Photography full press release soon: http://bohemianrhapsodyclub.weebly.com/fashion-and-beauty.html Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Online Magazine is thanking Sophia for the opportunity to cover her event and wishes her all the best in the upcoming contest. BRC&M expresses its thanks to Stuart B for the photos.
Marvelous event took place at the cozy MC Showroom at Prahran. Gathering together participants from different cultures and backgrounds United We Dance Vol.2 truly united them in a harmonious series.
Performers of Classical and Contemporary Indian dance, Samba and Raggaeton, Bellydance and Bollywood style, Flamenco, Hip Hop and Afro-Columbian dance ritual celebrated freedom of communication and self-expression. Either imaginative Indian dance or picturesque Latin dance affirmed our rights to live in healthiness and happiness by simply being ourselves. In their own language, dancers were talking about the most deep and intimate secrets which we hide in our souls. As a special compliment for audience performers gave a small workshop involving everyone and implementing principles of joy and multicultural community spirit which they stand for.
Hopefully, Volume 3 won’t take long and much more people get a chance to enjoy the event dedicated to Dance as a symbol of the universe where we all are equal.
UNDERWORLD NEW website review by Elissa Poussardin
This show was incredible, There are no good or bad interpretations. The artist inspires you, you expereince so many different emotions during the show...That makes you think a lot about the society and the people of our days.
I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it.
Review written by Elissa Poussardin
ABOUT THE SHOW
Underworld is an energetic and crunchy dance performance devised by contemporary dance choreographers Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen and presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy. Streams of plastics across the performance space at the Northcote Town Hall as cocooned performers worm their way out of their loose plastic coils and leap into a fluid yet disjointed dance performance. Fast-paced action and boundless energy transports us into a world of the unknown. Underworld is loosely based on the Australian film The Long Weekend (Colin Eggleston, 1978), it is a haunting psychological thriller that uses the native landscape to illustrate the finer points about fear and the unknown.
photos: Gregory Lorenzutti
THE LANEWAY THEATRE: MAGIC SHOW NEW website review by Jeanette Russell
Thank you for the opportunity to review a preview of Tim's amazing magic show at the cosy Laneway Theatre. It began shrouded in quite a bit of mystery. Entering into his chilling entrance of the theatre was quite the feat Inside there was plenty of memorabilia and displays, to take in. We were made very comfortable, and at home. Tim was a most gracious and hospital host. The tricks started almost straight away. His stage presence was impressive with some comedy and great humour too, that I personally really enjoyed. A true professional it was mind boggling and very puzzling as to how he did his tricks and magic. My companion was also astonished by Tim's performance as was I. With a relaxed and warm atmosphere, in the theatre where the presentation took place Tim was a true showman. I feel he delivered so much within his onstage work. He had air about him, and is a wonderful entertainer. The act was amazing, The illusions, were intriguing leaving us stunned as to how he maneuvered them. Personally I was left wanting more, and was in awe and astonished at the wondrous tricks. I found it to be highly professional with the utmost of amusement. Never having seen anything like this I highly recommend the show, which caters for a very diverse audience in many ways including age. Thoroughly enjoyed the amazing magic, interaction and performance. Really appreciate the opportunity to view this tremendous extravaganza.
review by Nadia Pleshkova
We don't seem to have problems with believing in tooth fairies or Santa Clause or Magic rings' powers when we are kids. That is how we actually learn and that is how we create in life as we grow. Although many of us with age require tangible results to keep our beliefs, some of us never loose the magical thinking and more than that teach others of it. A Magician Tim Ellis shows and proves you that Magic is real. He, himself, created something extraordinary and perhaps unique if not to the world but certainly to our land Australia. He created a close up magic theatre based in his own home! Just entering the venue itself, along with 5 other guests, surrounded by semidarkness and some spooky items, took us at least 5 minutes to figure out HOW to get inside and this HOW question stayed throughout the whole length of our visit to Laneway Theatre and it's show. HOW does the Magic happen? HOW does he do? Tim Ellis is the holder of numerous Magician's awards, founder and director of Melbourne Magic festival and interestingly, with a team of other Melbourne magicians, holds a Guinness World record of World's longest Magic show, 85 hours, in 2016. The experience not to be missed.
ANDREAS FLOREZ FUNDRAISING CONCERT website press release: Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF FUNDRAISING CONCERT FOR THE LATE ANDREAS FLOREZ. Given at: The Auditorium, St Bernard’s College, Essendon on Saturday 2 September 2017.
With the backing of the RMIT, the event was organised by the Florez family to celebrate Andreas’ music and legacy – raising funds for Travel Scholarships for Artistic Excellence. The enthusiastic audience was treated by a superb supper including a raffle and a silent auction of various items. The MC Catalina Florez gave a welcome preamble and the show began at 7.30pm.
Act 1 featured Alexandra Lidgerwood (soprano), accompanied on piano by Pam Christie singing with gentle sweetness two items – being from the Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) and The Phantom of the Opera (Spare a Thought). This was followed by two guitarists, Dan Vogl (singer/songwriter) and friend Jacob Kavanagh presenting various numbers with firstly an original up-tempo song combining strong interplay. Songs included a lovely love song called ‘For Her’ and ‘Blue River’, much to the delight of the packed audience – lapping up their uniqueness. The atmosphere started hotting up with next act. Oscar Jiminez was joined by Alejandro Florez, Christian Saavedra (percussion) and Catherine (Oscar’s wife). The Colombian Blues and Spanish flavours were oozing and exciting, performed with energy and flair. Catherine’s performance of ‘Today’ was also exceptional and beautiful. Interval followed with more food and drinks plus the raffle.
The second half kicked in with colour, rhythm, exhilaration and zest featuring the group ‘Solquemia’. Alejandro started with a superb flamenco instrumental while our Spanish dance duo was clapping to the exciting and rich tempo. Our next surprise was a beautiful song by Bonny Smith, sung in Spanish. After another song by Fernando Mira, Laura Uhe sprang into some passionate and exciting dancing to the sound of Alejandro’s guitar as cameras were poised to take in the action. The energetic and exhilarating dance by the duo was a fitting finale for the set, much to the delight of the roaring audience. With the following act came Darren Hart (known as Harts) – a very talented singer musician who helped to produce Adreas’s EP “Delusions of Grandeur”. The soulful performance featured songs like ‘Next World’ and ‘Power to the Song’, presented with great flair and dexterity, incorporating multi-tracking and brilliantly nimble guitar solos – well received by the crowd. Befittingly, ‘The People’ took to the stage to perform “Delusions of Grandeur” in its entirety. Comprising of Vic, Adam and Marc, they were joined by Alexi Florez (guitar), Thomas (keys) and Aaron (sax), the band gave a powerful rendition of ‘Some Kind of Miracle’, ‘All in the Head’ and ‘Still Feel the Same’. With a roaring audience and a standing ovation, it was a fitting end to a successful event. With big thanks from Catalina Florez and mother Maria, the elated crowd were advised that the event may be replicated next year. rafae Congratulations to all the Florez family – Maria & Antonio Florez, Javier Florez, Alejandro Florez, for an inspiring event that will be the catalyst in helping budding young musicians now and in the future. We were all deeply honoured for the opportunity to attend and to contribute to the success of the project. SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect) 5 September 2017.
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER CHOIR 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.