MARK VINCENT TOURING NEW website review by Robyn Daniel
REVIEW OF MARK VINCENT CONCERT
On November 12, I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Mark Vincent Live concert at Hamer Hall in Melbourne. Mark performed songs which showcased his latest album ‘A Tribute to Mario Lanza’ and thrilled us all with his amazing tribute: A breathtaking “Virtual Duet” with the late Hollywood legend, singing the classic, ‘Because you’re mine’. Mark’s beautiful, rich tenor voice was supported by a magnificent orchestra, and together, they took the audience on an emotional journey from start to finish. We smiled. We cried. We had goosebumps. And we felt so proud of this fabulous, talented young man. Young and old, he touched our hearts in such a way. Mark has a wonderful stage presence, and at times interacted with the audience on a personal level, sharing stories from his own life. From his humble start, singing in his grandfather’s restaurant, he quickly achieved national fame when he won Australia’s Got Talent, back in 2009. Mark is now recognised among the greatest Tenor’s on the World Stage.
This was our first experience of this kind and we were left spellbound. It was such a privilege to see Mark perform live in our home city. Thank you for this incredible opportunity and we wish Mark all the very best as he heads to the UK where he will perform live with the beautiful and talented Katherine Jenkins.
THE KRANSKY SISTERS NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds photos: Tony Collins
REVIEW: A Very Kransky Christmas By Bryanna Reynolds
Bohemian Rhapsody Club were lucky enough to attend a performance of ‘A Very Kransky Christmas’ at the iconic performance venue Alex Theatre in St Kilda, Melbourne.
As they say in show business “The show must go on” and that’s exactly what happened at the beginning of the show. Despite some audio issues with a microphone i have never been so impressed with an on stage act taking it into their stride and continuing to perform. It was absolutely amazing and showed just how brilliant the ladies behind the Kransky Sisters truly are.
The theme of the performance was christmas and the stage was set upon with decorations, jokes and christmassy songs to capture the spirit. There were even parsnips hanging from the roof, adding to the hilarity of the night.
The melancholy of the christmas tunes performed by the Kransky Sisters were mesmerizing and really added another viewpoint of listening to your favourite tunes. When I say mesmerizing I am talking about the essence of one of the sisters playing a sword to the eerie vibes of the music.
Imagine a Tim Burton esque vibe mixed with the hilarious comedy of the Australian trio and you have yourself a christmas extravaganza that can't be missed in 2017.
The story throughout the show is the lead up to Christmas in the Kransky Sisters home town of Esk in QLD, Australia. They sister’s tell tales of their childhood that are both cringeworthy and comedic then intertwined with top 40 hits and christmas tunes.
The Kransky Sisters also get the audience involved with men dressing up as the trio on stage and everyone getting out their car keys and jingling along to jingle bells.
And as they advertised it is one of the kookiest shows you will ever attend in celebration of christmas. If you get the chance to see the Kransky Sisters live in concert, it is an experience you simply don't want to miss.
TETSUYA UMEDA NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
Performance Art always contains a bit of a magic and witchcraft so to speak. It turns adult audience into group of curious children expecting for a miracle to happen. The theme of performance might vary but the only rule is unshakable: process matters.
The Substation and Liquid Architecture in association with Performance Space and Room40 brought to Melbourne Japanese artist Tetsuya Umeda. He is world known by site-specific installations and the environment inspired performances. Items for his installations/performances are usually our daily commodities such as bottles, buckets, bulbs etc - generally speaking, nothing special from the first glance. One approaches and unwittingly wonders how all this going to work out? There is no clear connections or common purpose or whatsoever which would unite everything happened to exist in this space. The viewer comes to a standstill and that’s the exact point where magic begins.
Once Umeda starts the performance, the level of perception shifts from logical and intellectual to the sensual one. Exploring cause-and-effect relationships between unrelated items he discovers how everything is linked to everything in this world. Using artist’s position as demiurge he becomes the only connection and force which hustles objects to emerge their nature. Everything starts to make sense! Sounds, noises and lights only strengthen the effect making the whole experience totally kinesthetic. Developing according to the laws of drama and reaching the culmination, performance ends resolving the conflict with the wave of a magic wand and leaves the audience with the same useless bottles and buckets as at the beginning. But with the only difference: they met with the magic along the way!
A VERY VERY KRANSKY CHRISTMAS NEW website review and photo by Sam Bell
Forget Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar, there’s a new combination in town; gallows humour and the Christmas season. Gone are the overly sweet songs of snow and smiling hosts of multicolour, in their place stand three morose giants of comedy, dressed in spotted shirts and long navy skirts. Look out Melbourne, the kransky sisters are coming to town.
Luckily for me, the Esk born trio were willing to spare a moment to talk to me about their new show, and what a show it will be. With nearly two decades of experience in Australian comedy, the Kransky sisters have long since mastered the art of the deadpan delivery. Combined with their dark and nuanced take on traditions and expectations, makes for an unpredictable, nigh unstable wave of absurd humour that you almost feel bad enjoying. As if their incredible banter and stage presence wasn’t entertaining enough, I was also treated to a brief sample of their new songs. Never before have I seen a songs theme be changed so drastically by such subtle tweaks. From a deeply disturbing rendition of Santa Claus is coming, to a vaguely threatening version of take on me and even a uniquely educational Deck the halls, their musical talents provide something for nearly everyone. So, if you’re tired of the monotony of most Christmas events and you think you’ve got the stomach for grave desecration, family squabbles, audience participation and a Christmas roast made out of spam, the kransky sisters will begin their Melbourne performances in two weeks. Until then, I for one, wish you a very, very Kransky Christmas.
DATES: Monday 20th to Sunday 26th November (No performance Tues 21st Nov) PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: MON, WED, THUR, FRI @ 8:00PM SAT 5:00 & 8:30PM, SUN 5:00PM WHERE: ALEX THEATRE, 135 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda | alextheatrestk.com TICKETS: $49.50 (Adult) $44.50 (Concession) BOOKINGS: www.ticketek.com.au
SANTA'S MAGICAL KINGDOM NEW website review by Jeanette Russel
What a wonderful day attending a special preview event of Santa's Magical Kingdom, with Mrs Claus T
The weather was perfect at Churchill Island Heritage farm, and the entertainment was magical and delightful. My young companions enjoyed themselves immensely and had a terrific time. We were all treated to the interesting and informative shows about the working farm. We saw a cattle dog in action. Had a whip demonstration and participated also in cracking the whip. After this we were off to the shearing shed to find out about shearing its history and we witnessed another amazing act. The Children were given showbags and feed to feed the various animals at the farm. A delicious lunch of meats vegetable burgers and numerous lovely salads were served to us after the shows were completed. The children all seemed to be very fascinated by Mrs Claus. Thank you so much for the marvellous opportunity to review this amazing event put on by Santa's Magical Kingdom . At Santa's Magical Kingdom this year ,at Caulfield race course, you will be treated to
Mrs Claus letter writing area and Christmas Movies The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santa's Magical Kingdom 2017, with an interactive walk-through adventure land that includes everything you love about the festive season, plus an International Spectacular Christmas Show that will amaze young and old. Lasting memories of fun, laughter and special 'family time' will be remembered by guests long after the event has come to a close. This event is on Nov 17th to the 26th as well as Dec the 2nd, at Caulfield Racecourse.
EMANUELE ARCIULI NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
Program one by Emanuele Arciuli
Melbourne Festival offered variety of entertainments among which classical piano music. Emanuele Arciuli, Italian pianist in whose asset the collaboration with internationally renowned orchestras, performances at major concert halls and festivals, prestigious awards including a Grammy nomination, was represented in this category.
When it comes to modern and contemporary composers and pianists, what do we know about them? As an educated cultural audience, we are familiar with such names as Banksy or Jeff Koons, we’ve heard of dramas, ballets and operas recently performed at our city. We can call the name of the favorite actor/actress, dancer or singer, probably even classical composer. But how many of us are able (without conducting a research on the internet) to recall the names of post WWII musicians who don’t belong to the mainstream? And Melbourne Festival gave the perfect opportunity to fill this gap in.
For two performances, Emanuele Arciuli’s repertoire included mainly American composers: John Adams, Judd Greenstein, George Crumb, Talib Rasul Hakim, Philip Glass, Frederic Rzewski, Louis W. Ballard and John Cage. Different styles of music from lyrical and balanced to playing on the strings of the opened piano, tapping on the wooden parts and creating all possible resonances represented the complexity of past 70 years. Performer’s craving for minimalism and avant-garde was offset by Italian passion with dramatic and elegant dropping of score sheets to the floor.
So, aesthetic pleasure along with an intellectual one (which was provided by the follow-up research) enriched not only the palette of feelings but also improved the knowledge regarding subject matter. But that’s the whole purpose of cultural festival, right?
PAX AUSTRALIA 2017 NEW website review and photos: Jeanette Russel
PAX Australia is one of the video game industries premier gaming events. It ran from the 27th – 29th of October. It is centered around gaming culture and more specifically the e-sports side of the industry. It is a chance for all the latest games to be displayed, tournaments to be held and a chance for spectators to see their favorite professional gamers in action with much more on offer. In all these fields, this year’s PAX did not disappoint, held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre the venue was large with much to do at the event. All the big video game companies and peripheral companies had spectacular displays at this year’s PAX, this included the big three being Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. All three companies had their own highlights such as Sony’s amazing VR experience or getting to trial some of the latest releases/upcoming games for Xbox or Nintendo. There were stations for gamers of all kinds at this year’s PAX. A large portion of the venue was dedicated to tabletop games, there were heaps of stalls where some of the latest tabletop games were on display, as well as the classics. There was also lots of space to play friendly games with fellow enthusiasts. The indie game section was also another great highlight of this year’s PAX, it is a great experience to be able to test games independent developers put a lot of passion into while also being able to give feedback or just talk to some of the people involved. Among the scheduled events there was also a bunch of entertaining and interesting panels that more so than ever delved into some of the professional aspects of the industry such as how to get your own foot in the door for a potential career. Of course, when one thinks PAX cosplay comes to mind, and this year’s cosplay was as insane and astounding as ever, the sheer detail into some of the costumes cosplayers attain is amazing! Overall this year’s PAX was a fantastic experience that really showcases all of which gaming has to offer. Including a broad range of genres such as retro, competitive, releases and tabletop just to name a few. One can’t help but feel the atmosphere of passion and excitement as you experience PAX. I would highly recommend attending this event to anyone who has an interest in gaming, or would like to learn more about the industry as it is quite literally the place to be for gamers.
SOPHIA RYAT FUNDRAISER AND CHARITY HIGH TEA NEW website review by Jeanette Russel
Fundraiser. for the global women's project. Supporting the Children's hospital at Westmead. Westmead hospital was originally opened in 1880 for sick children by concerned citizens, and was headed by Lady Allen wife of Sir George Allen. They were worried about children's health. Starting in a small building the hospital was then moved to Camperdown. In 1995 it was relocated to its current location at Westmead and amalgamated with with another paediatric hospital nearby. Sophia did a wonderful job of speaking about the hospital which she seems so passionate about. Very close to her heart also is the Global Women Project a charity which she endorses and believes empowers women to change the world. The Australian International pageant she feels gives her the opportunity not only to share her dreams but to fulfil them. Sophia maintains it has been a privilege and honour to take part in the pageant. She is committed to sharing her voice and representing Australia around the globe. Sophia did not have an easy life growing up and even as an adult. She now wants to support herself and others as she opens up opportunities for herself and wants to show that she can achieve anything despite the odds. The Knox club luncheon was delicious and the guest speakers were inspiring. I would like to thank Sophia for the opportunity to review this lovely event and wish her the very best of luck on her journey. It seemed a great time was had by all who attended this fundraiser.
TREE OF CODES NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
Tree of Codes by Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson and Jamie xx
I wonder if Bruno Schulz, that drawing teacher from provincial Drohobych, could’ve imagine what fate awaits for his book ‘Street of Crocodiles’? Being one of the masterpieces of the era, it inspires creatives during all 80 years since it’s been published. In 2010, American writer Jonathan Safran Foer wrote his piece ’Tree of Codes’ by slicing out chunks of text from this novel which he called ‘his favourite one’. Using the original one as a hypertext, Foer deconstructed it to the grounds and put it together using repetitions and meanings of the words to create a new sense which is related and unrelated to the old one at the same time. Then three other creatives: musician and composer Jamie xx, visual artist Olafur Eliasson and choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborated to produce a contemporary ballet with the same name. Premiered at 2015 Manchester International Festival, the production travelled through Europe since and landed on Melbourne Festival 2017.
Ballet ’Tree of Codes’ operated on a deep metaphysical level impossible to describe by words. It must be experienced! How would you dance a story embodied in a book existing under the laws of sculpture? How would you transmit the tangibility of artist’s book through bodies? Wayne McGregor’s phenomenal choreography and the dancers’ marvelous performance made it happen. Absolutely disorientating environment created by Olafur Eliasson questioned the sense of reality even more. At times, it wasn’t clear enough if there were mirrors on the stage or two couples of dancers. And of course, music… Patterns and rhythms that set the tone for everything happened on the stage and carried audience away to the land of pure imagination where the gravity laws do not exist.
To sum up, I have the only thing to add: this was a magnetic and bewitching performance beyond all potential expectations. The genius of those involved caused such a visceral reaction that it’s impossible to forget!
EUREKA: CLIMB AND DINE NEW website review by Hakeem Farid
On October 18 I arrived to the most impressive Melbourne's building called Eureka Tower. It was 1130am when I reached the destination just on time not to miss the start of the race to climb the building. I was also very much surprised that the athletes were more enthusiastic than me to climb up the building. The view from the above was very impressive when we reached the top and looked at the city lying in front of my feet. It felt like a bird in the air, it was one incredible feeling. I still had time to take some very beautiful pictures to capture the climbers' enthusiasm. My soul was filled with joy and happiness. I took the pictures of many faces that were part of this race whose faces were also very happy. I also saw that flight of the free bird in the sky in the climbers' eyes. They were on the top and I was on the top of my happiness . I am so glad that I can share these pictures of the city of Melbourne with all the readers now.
COOK AND CO: IN THE MANNER OF AUSTIN NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
Connection 3. In the Manner of Austen By Cook & Co.
Great Britain. Regency era. As whatsoever relatively remote in time, nowadays it seems the Golden Age. Era of elegancy and wittiness, education and morality, when playing pianoforte was indisputable virtue, speeches were exquisite and no Facebook as a distraction. Music sheets whether printed or hand copied were must-have (some entertainment was required for long winter evenings after all). And of course, every respectful family had a collection of them. The Austen family left behind nearly 600 pieces of music in eight volumes owned now by The Chawton House Trust.
It is a common knowledge that Jane Austen was an accomplished musician. Beethoven and Haydn were her contemporaries. However, her musical preferences inclined towards the songs and dances popular at that time. Some pieces of her choice became classical, some been left in obscurity. To remind us of them ‘Connection 3. In the Manner of Austen’ was called upon.
Cook & Co. united magnificent performers to create a genuine aura of Jane Austen’s era: Alannah Guthrie-Jones, Julie Nihill, Daniel Carison, Joseph Janusaitis and, of course, Janis Cook herself. Divine harp and velvet baritone exquisitely complemented extracts from letters and excerpts from ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility’, whereas graceful dances brought visual enjoyment. The precision and confidence of every single move and note simply enchanted.
In essence, it was an absolutely captivating performance and the perfect way to fall in love with Jane Austen’s world even if you’ve never been her admirer.
MORE UP A TREE NEW website review by Stuart Bpuchanan photo compilation: Stuart Buchanan soundtracj: Natasha Marchev
Moreup a Tree Jim White, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Eve Sussman The Substation, Newport
For those who have not been to the substation before, it is a wonderful space with both gallery and performance spaces. It is housed in what used to be a large electricity substation - thus the name Substation. Parking is plentiful, and it is easily accessible by public transport.
Before attending the show we had been told that we would be able to walk around all sides of the performance area, but that did not turn out to be the case. We could only sit on one side of the performance. On entering the area, there was a mirrored area front of us. Not a big surprise, but interesting to look at the audience around you - something that is usually avoided. It was clear that whatever happened would occur behind that mirror.
As the start of the show, the mirror effect began to fade and there sat Jim White behind the drums. Big hair - big man. His drumming was slow and rhythmical. Soon Claudia begins to dance. The dancing changes throughout the performance but is almost always performed with a lot of energy. The dancing becomes mesmerising and at times is frenetic. She does not appear to interact with the audience, but to be dancing for herself and the drummer. It is hard to know whether she can see theaudience or not - whether she has a mirror image of herself dancing or not. The role of the audience is uneasy and uncertain. Do the performers know the audience is there? Do they care that the audience is there? Are they just self absorbed and performing just for the joy of working together? The lighting changes from time to time, and once again there is a partial or full mirror looking back at the audience. Looking at the audience in those moments showed people rapt in the performance. In their own spaces just enjoying the performance in front of them. Almost annoyed that they could not see the performance.
Since childhood, I have been in awe of mirrors where the images just keep reflecting back on themselves and appear to extend into the distance. This was just an additional perspective for me on a great event. I was sorry when it finished and just wanted encore after encore.
It was a wonderful performance that I would recommend to anyone. The energy of both performers was amazing.
VARDOS CONCERT. NEW ALBUM LAUNCH: PALAZZO PARTY NEW website review by Dina Davrilova
Vardos Album launch
On Friday 13th very fortunate and devoid of superstitions Vardos launched their new album ‘Palazzo Party’. Three charming ladies performed as passionately as only possible to imagine: they played, sang, danced and joked. In short, they’ve done everything to sweep the audience off its feet. It was almost irresistible to sit and just watch. And many literally couldn’t. Couples of various skills, age and nationality did an ardent czardas.
Another amusement brought guests who were wearing traditional folk costumes. They came and the light breeze from the Old Europe swept across the hall. They started to dance and here you are, finding yourself in a local tavern somewhere in the middle of Transylvania.
But what’s the secret ingredient of the evening one might ask? How Vardos made all this happen? Here is the answer: the scope of a talent is determined by the capacity to create a universe, atmosphere which would draw a spectator out of reality and captivate in a new one. That’s exactly what’s happened there. Absolutely everything was in sync: the venue Spotted Mallard with its whimsical and eclectic interior, lively and invigorating music by Vardos and kind-hearted audience. All bits and pieces of the puzzle came together to create a perfect gypsy universe!
COMEDY HYPNOSIS ANDY VENING SHOW NEW website review by Carolyn Newall
Comedy Hypnosis Show The Melba Spiegeltent (The Melba Spiegeltent - 35 Johnston St ) Andy Vening’s comedy is the type I like best: witty, ironic, understated and exquisitely timed. I found myself thinking about this during his show on Friday night. It was not flashy, there were no visible or audible theatrics yet I was riveted. This was all the more surprising in that he was playing to a depleted audience.
There were fewer than 20 people in the audience and for a show that is heavily dependent on audience participation this was clearly going to make things difficult. That Vening was able to adapt and maintain pace despite this was remarkable. He certainly deserved a larger audience.
Vening was promoted as a hypno-comedian and it is clear early on that he has a sound background in clinical hypnosis. There were none of the over-the-top hypnosis tricks that we often see depicted in film, rather the much more realistic unconscious behaviour modifications associated with hypnosis as a treatment. Likewise, the comedy was neither forced nor crude, Vening is just a funny man and I laughed a lot.
There were 8 chairs on the stage when we entered and it was a struggle in such a small audience to get even the 5 volunteers that Vening had to work with, clearly a larger audience would have given him more scope. He had to work very hard, though you would not have known that if you hadn’t noticed the extra chairs. The 5 volunteers were very different and there is no doubt that Vening’s understanding of psychology allowed him to make the most of the variety of personalities. I did try to work out why I was laughing at some points but eventually just gave up and delighted in the surprises.
The venue was perfect for a show of this type. My only experience of a spiegeltent prior to this was the one erected down at the St Kilda foreshore. I thought that one was pretty awesome and loved the mixed seating options and the intimacy. This one however is much more famous. The Melba Spiegeltent was built in Belgium in 1910 and travelled through Europe providing a performance space for legends like Edith Piaf. When it arrived in Australia in 2006 it acquired its current name in honour of Dame Nellie Melba.
The Melba Spiegeltent made its Circus Oz debut in January 2011 and has had many iconic performers pass through its doors. That it is considered a ‘tent’ in any way boggles my mind as it appears as sound a structure as many houses I have seen. One of the team on the evening assured me that it was now permanently in place.
It may be late in the day as far as the Fringe Festival goes, but as the warmer summer evenings make a welcome return I encourage you to seek out these two things: an Andy Vening show and any show at the Spiegeltent. Carolyn Newall
AFFITCHES AT ALLIANCE FRANCAISE MELBOURNE: TALK WITH BRETT ROSS NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
As a part of ‘Affiches’ exhibition (which Bohemian Rhapsody Club was happy to cover) at The Alliance Francaise de Melbourne the special event took place - talk with Brett Ross, the owner of The Letitia Morris Gallery.
When it comes to posters there are always certain questions and prejudices pop up. Is this an art if posters have practical purpose? Why posters called ‘original’ if they are a number of impressions? And how all this correlates to the fact that posters are not actual handmade pieces but technical production is involved?
To answer all these questions and even more this talk was called upon. As a highly competent art dealer Mr.Ross gave a great insight into the world of French posters, their design and production. Specially for this event the exhibition was complimented by a few Art Nouveau, Art Deco and contemporary posters giving an overview of this genre’s development throughout the 20th century.
If all the above sounds too academic for you then it should be mentioned that French charm expands on everything! And even these professional topics were wrapped by magnificent allurement of gallerist’s personal stories and impressions. Take just the story regarding legendary auction house Drouot which is to die for!
Having said that, it is just as fair to add that the talk was interesting and enlightening with a glimpse of humor and elusive nostalgia for ingenious beauty of the past.
BEATLEMANIA ON TOUR NEW website review by Irina Ivanova
Beatlemania on Tour
Last weekend the magical Athenaeum Theatre was full of people rocking to the sounds of Beatlemania on Tour – the live tribute show to the famous foursome from Liverpool.
The story of the British boy band was revived in the chronological manner and supported by photo and video fragments recreating the atmosphere of the era. There were plenty of the favourites played that evening. I guess with the two-hour performance the Beatles nostalgia had a chance to be completely satisfied. People happily popped off their seats to do some hippy shake.
The performers (Zac Coombs as John Lennon, Cameron Charters as Paul McCartney, Ben Harper as Ringo Starr and Brent McMullen as George Harrison) are from different parts of Australia and have been together as a group for about three years. They bring on a talented impersonation of the world-famous musicians with great vocals and musical accompaniment. Cameron Charters has even learned to imitate McCartney’s trademark left-handed guitar-playing.
Beatlemania plays in authentic costumes, going through several changes, with replica instruments including guitars, Yamaha keys, harmonica, and a drum set with the legendary Beatles logo, which totally set the scene.
The performance started showing Beatles as an in-house band at the Star Club in Hamburg where they were playing some covers like Please Mr Postman, Hippy Hippy Shake and Rock n Roll Music. Gradually it traced the evolution of the group from its early years to their gigs in the UK and big concerts in the USA, and to the experimentation of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and their White Album.
After Beatles’ first success in England they went on tour around UK with Roy Orbinson and other celebrity artists of that time. That’s when they played I Wanna Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, and With Love from Me to You, the latest taking number one in the charts in America.
In 1964 the Beatles performed Love Me Do, Eight Days a Week, She’s Got a Ticket to Ride, and Baby You Can Drive My Car. Then in 1965 they rocked the New York's Shea Stadium with Help, Money Can’t Buy Me Love, and It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night.
Listening to the Beatlemania playing all-favourite Yellow Submarine, Oh Bladi Oh Blada, Come Together and Back in the USSR I’ve got all carried away and forgot the fact that there were not the real Beatles in front of me.
For all the ladies in the audience the group performed Lady Madonna, and finished off the show with triumphant All You Need Is Love. However, the audience wanted more, even after the two-hour show! So, the artists played Get Back as an encore, and Hey Jude – singing and clapping a Capella.
The next stop for the Beatlemania on Tour is New Castle, then Sydney and Gold Coast and then off to South Africa. With the music that surely stood the test of time, this is a must-see show for all Beatles fans!
THE SONGS OF JESSE ADAMS NEW website review by Carolyn Newall
The Songs of Jesse Adams What if Jesus was a rock-star in 1970s Melbourne?
Written and Directed by :Marcy Paynter
The real Aussie country boy from the 70s who was following his musical dream was the great Peter Allen, and the musicals about Jesus which we loved were Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell. Perhaps it was unfair of me but that was the standard, the level of complexity that I was looking for when I attended Gateway Promotions Theatre Company’s The Songs of Jesse Adams, as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Adapted by Marcy Paynter from a novel by Peter McKinnon who had adapted it from a musical he wrote in the late 70’s, the musical has the potential to be interesting. I was hoping for a lot, which is always problematic. Certainly there were interesting moments as the familiar Melbourne sounds and cultural icons wound their way into the well-known Jesus story. Paynter has done a commendable job, but I would just rather the promotional material didn’t talk about the concept of adapting the Jesus story to the 70s as if it was a new thing.
THE GREAT PRETENDER NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
What a wonderland Australia! It is possible to find here a unique mix of things which do not match each other but will work out quite well at the end of the day. The same could be said in regards a performance ‘The Great Pretender’ as a part of Fringe festival.
The program presented by Max Riebl included seemingly incompatible parts: classical guitar music and Johann Sebastian Bach, greatest hits by Morrissey, Queen, Elvis and falsetto voice. Can you imagine more inconceivable blend than Bach’s composition in the middle of Judy Garland’s ‘Over the rainbow’ followed by Gregorian chant? Nevertheless, the whole combination did work out! The only unsuitable thing was falsetto voice which did not correlate in any possible way neither with presenter’s appearance nor with music itself.
Overall, it was an interesting, eccentric and surprising experience proved that impossible is possible sometimes.
GOSPOLATION NEW website review by Jeanette Russell
Thank you so much for the opportunity to review this terrific act that was called Gospolation. What an experience. It was wonderful. The beautiful, lively , and very talented choir was amazing. We were treated to an hour of glorious harmonies from the choir. Solo singers displayed their talents with their unique style and excellent voices. Along with my companion we were captivated from the beginning to the end of the performance. The versatile cast members, sing and dance and showcase their exclusive brand of music where western harmony is integrated with some african rhythms. Hymns and hip hop styles come together in their extravaganzas , remixing some of their favourite tracks. Gospo was created to incorporate various passions including music,education, people and understanding of people, through the gospel choir experience. Charmaine Jones-Devasagayam is Director, conductor , arranger and composer. She leads this phenomenal choir travelling to various locations throughout Australia to showcase this youth of today and celebrate with a wide and diverse audience. Charmaine is a multitalented lady who has a background in Jazz and has devised the gospel experience after her own music experiences and journey . Its a terrific opportunity to view something spectacular, and so lovely to hear. Great to see the youth teens, and in one or two numbers , being joined by some children. It was a true joy to witness this show. I would highly recommend seeing this choir preform. Their details are: The Gospo Collective gospo.com.au
THE EXOTIC LIVES OF LOLA MONTEZ NEW website review by Nadia Pleshkova
September brings Melbourne and its visitors one of the largest independent arts festivals, Melbourne Fringe. With over 440 events, it is considered to be the festival of risks. Simon Abraham, the Creative Director and CEO of the Melbourne Fringe states: “For our artists, Fringe is a safe space perfect for experiment and discovery…” And some of the “experiments” will stay in your memory for a long time, no doubts.
Caroline Lee is one of the huge talents out there you can come across. She is a performer, theatre-maker, writer, audio-books narrator, the Artist in its full and authentic sense. She has also developed a strong reputation for her works in one-woman shows.
One such show would have a special aspect to Caroline’s heart. “The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez” is the show about the complex, vile and mysterious performer back in 19th Century, who travelled and acted all over Europe, Australia and USA. Lola Montez was not an ordinary person and dared to be brave and live a full life. What makes it so special for Caroline to play her character is the fact to be Lola’s descendant herself. This burlesque cabaret style drama immerses the audience into history of Australia and mysterious events of the adventurous Lola with a powerful effect of Caroline’s ability to keep your attention fixed.
The winner of numerous acting, writing awards, Caroline Lee is the name to keep your eyes and ears open for.
TIVOLI THEATER: SLEEPING BEAUTY NEW website review by Jeanette Russell photos: Glen Wilson
Thank you for the opportunity to review the Sleeping Beauty Pantomime. My young companion really enjoyed herself. I could see and hear that the rest of the children were thoroughly entertained also. The cast were professional, and versatile in their various roles. It was a lively and fun atmosphere as the children were made to feel part of the performance. I recommend this colourful and exciting pantomine.
Carole Ann and Terry Gill started the The Tivoli theatre Pantomimes. They began their journey in children's theatre in 1974 and have covered some 250 productions. Over the time they have employed many actors singers and dancers. Who have included big names Patti Newton Ken James Shane Bourne Rosie Sturgess Collette Mann and Darryl Sommers just to name a few. Clinton Barker became Artistic Director in 2015 and he brings over 15 years of experience to the musical theatre at Tivoli theatre.
For sleeping Beauty the details are as followsSleeping Beauty Tivoli Theatre. Children's Theatre/Children's Pantomime/Live Theatre/all ages Between Monday 25 September 2017 and Saturday 7 October 2017LOCATIONST JOHNS CHURCH HALL 5 FINCH STREET, MALVERN EAST, VICTORIA 3145 CONTACT DETAILS / BOOKING OPTIONS Susie Palmer Tel: 0428 397 767 Email: email@example.com
AHEAD OF VARDOS NEW ALBUM LAUNCH CONCERT NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds
REVIEW: Vardos CD By Bryanna Reynolds
Bohemian Rhapsody Club were lucky enough to have a sneak peek listen to the brand new CD of the band VARDOS ahead of their upcoming album launch. BRC will also be covering the launch so stay tuned for more information.
From the very moment the music begins, you are taken to a land far away. The music is very gypsy like and this is probably the reason why you are transported into another world.
The very first time I listened to their music was on the CD player of my car whilst driving at sunset. It was breathtaking. Being able to listen to the gorgeous voice of VARDOS and the majestical vibes they were emitting as a collective really transported you.
Whilst VARDOS are situated in Melbourne, Australia there is also a chance of catching them whilst touring internationally. They have previously toured across Europe, Scotland and New Zealand.
If you ever get a chance to see the band in real life, I would definitely recommend them. The best part about them is that they do travel and you can even book them to play at your next wedding, party, celebration or event.
MARGINS OF PERSUASION NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
The Margins of ‘Persuasion’
One of the latest Jane Austen’s novels ‘Persuasion’ endured a great deal of adaptations both on TV and in theatre. Marking 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death the director Sharmini Kumar presented her version implemented on the premises of No Vacancy Gallery.
Separated after an imprudent engagement a few years ago Anne Elliot (Jacinta Scadden), the daughter of a baronet and naval officer Frederick Wentworth (Jonny Kinnear) meet again. Their feelings still exist but burdened by injured vanity and class rigidity. Sympathetic friends and relatives enrich the situation.
It is extremely hard to add something new to such a classical piece but the director gave it her best shot. The audience were invited to sit on chairs forming a square with spare stools in the middle of each side. That was the only set up for a play. Actors used the space within and outside the square immersing everyone in the atmosphere of 19th century’s family affairs. Sitting down on spare stools every now and again and addressing a speech to a spectator they caused a bit of confusion at the beginning but brought some amusement all the way.
In sum, it was a very nice production of the solid classical novel which still gets an appeal. Every detail and movement during the play was thought-out and mature.
THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
House of Mirrors by Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney
One looks in a mirror hundred times a day: in a bathroom, in an elevator, passing by shop windows etc. But have you noticed that split second which takes you to prepare before a glance? We always expect to see a certain reflection, the perception of ourselves. And what happens when we run into an unexpected reflection? We do not recognize ourselves because that’s not what’s been expected. However, that’s exactly what other people see… Our real faces with true emotions which are usually been hidden from ourselves so diligently… House of Mirrors allows one to go on this journey of self-discovery due to an absolute abruptness.
Apart from that, Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney created the great amusement for everyone. Classical idea of mirror labyrinth implemented magnificently. Thoroughly calculated space includes myriads of reflections without any tricks, just pure geometry. Every turn (you will find one after a few failed attempts) challenges your sense of reality. And of course, be prepared to meet a ghost somewhere along the way! However, don’t be too scared, you’ll escape after a couple hours… just bear in mind – no panic!
All in all, whatever reason to choose, this installation is a must-see on Melbourne Festival. Butterflies in the stomach are provided!
AFFICHES A FRENCH GRAPHIC DESIGN EXHIBITION 2017 NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
Affiches: a French graphic design exhibition
Advertisement... Can you imagine your life without it? It is so familiar and habitually to see vivid pictures everywhere. Try to stop sometime in the middle of a busy street and to count signs. How many? 10? 20? But are they actually different nowadays? Are there any which could’ve taken your breath away by their beauty, elegance and total comprehension at the same time?
The more valuable an exhibition ‘Affiches: a French graphic design exhibition' at The Alliance Française de Melbourne curated by The Letitia Morris Gallery. It presents original prints created by the well-known French artists of post WWII period. 1950s-1960s was the time of high-end arts in the service of mass market. Straightforward ideas summed up in an exquisite shape.
The name of Bernard Villemot is tightly associated with term ‘classic French advertisement’. Pithy images, bright colours and the Matisse-like elegance that’s what determines the style of his artworks the most famous of which were produced in the collaboration with Perrier and Bally brands.
The second significant artist represented on the exhibition is Raymond Savignac. His art pieces are different in style but not the quality. Fulfilled by witty humor and inexhaustible optimism they are the graphic embodiment of Chaplin’s movies.
Another artist is Rene Gruau. Inheriting Art Nouveau style and aesthetic he applied it to fashion illustrations. His career included collaboration with such ‘high-style’ magazines as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar etc. One more landmark which should be mentioned in regards Gruau - he took part in creating Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’.
So, if you share values of that era and appreciate the quality of original lithographic posters this exhibition is a must-see! And good news – you can buy any of these gorgeous prints.
COMPLETELY IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
Completely Improvised Shakespeare by Soothplayers
‘Completely Improvised Shakespeare’… What would be your expectations? Long and serious monologues on a tough choice to make? Classical box set on the stage, sophisticated costumes etc.? A 3-hour play? I hasten to please you, none of this exists at the performance by Soothplayers. Monologues – agile and witty, props – just necessary and sufficient. As a result, an hour of joyful laugh.
However, first things first… To start a show, actors ask audience ‘How would you call a play which Shakespeare could have written but didn’t?’ And going from there the performance begins with all the classical traits: cunning and love, ruthless murders and intrigues, naivete and villainy. Seasoned with acute jokes which turn sometimes into self-irony, the show captivates an attendee in a semi-shakespeare atmosphere with less pathos.
Of course, one might say that sometimes actors lose the thread of narrative or sense of engaging with audience. But given that every improvisation is a challenge, I would say actors accept it with dignity and grace.
So, if you prefer ingenious Shakespeare humor full of fanciful misunderstandings and equivoques, keep an eye on Soothplayers’ performances!
ISHQ KE NISHAAN MUSIC VIDEO LAUNCH PARTY NEW website review: Nadia Pleshkova photos: Erkin Kalayci
on Friday, September 22 at 8 PM - 1 AM at Morocco & Mofo Lounge 157 Greville Street, Prahran, Victoria, Australia 3181 Here in Melbourne, Australia, Friday the 22nd of September brought a launch of the music video that might appear as a true sensation or create furore by Bollywood standards. The most sensual and alluring music video, reflecting a simple nature of a human with his or her desires, has been created. The video truly captivates your whole mind and touches all your senses. Party Squad Entertainment & Di Ai Productions presented 'ISHQ KE NISHAAN' music video. The Launch was done in a true Bollywood style with black and red colours of the night and dressed to impress gorgeous women on the red carpet. Amna Irshad is the Creator, the power behind the idea of the video. She is the woman that is worth speaking loudly about. Pakistan born who now lives and works in Australia has an attractive and passionate appearance about her. With the outside beauty comes the intellect as well. She herself supervised the whole design project, from concept visualisation, picking up her own cast, editor, cameraman and MUAH to create this music video, the idea of which she has been carrying for the last 15 years. The Launch night was a divine event in a magical, semi-lighted Moroccon style lounge with champaign and the middle eastern finger food to get you into spirit. Everyone waited in anticipation of being shown the video. The beautiful participants- models and actors from the video, were invited to the stage and granted gifts and thanks. Speeches and photographs to follow as a must part of the Launch party. And a party it was! The expectation from watching the video was fully satisfied and made all feel like celebrating the success. Belly dancer, hula hooping girl have left almost nobody to itch to get to the dance floor. I absolutely loved the fact that so many men were lacking barriers in joining in the moves of the Bollywood music. We wish Amna good luck and success in this project to take it to the next level.
CALENDAR GIRLS NEW website review by Nadia Pleshkova
The unity of the writer Tim Firth and the director Peter Snee brings us the funniest and saddest “Calendar Girls” play performed by the outstanding cast. It is based on a true story of Angela and John Baker. When back in England during late 1990th Angela looses her husband to the Leukaemia, nobody is able to foresee or predict the phenomenon about to arise. John Baker was loved and respected and as a hobby he used to grow sunflowers to give the seeds away to his friends. His loss assured the women of Yorkshire WI (Women's Institution) to proceed with their idea of creating an alternative charity calendar of nude local ladies. Tim Firth himself spent 40 years holidaying in Yorkshire and coming from the family where all women were a part of WI, was naturally drawn to write about these creative and brave women. Initially the girls were planning to raise funds to buy the coach to the local hospital and for the then-named leukaemia research and have a calendar dedicated to John’s memory. The effect of the calendar was expected to last 3 weeks. However the outcome, to these days, results in over £3 million being raised for their charity! The storytelling of real "Calendar Girls” is superbly presented. The friendship, support and strive of a few women lead to a beautiful and inspiring creation. You can follow the journey of emotions of all "Calendar" participants throughout the show at Anthenaeum theatre until October, the 7th.
FULL METAL JACKET NEW website review by Jeanette Russel
Thank you for the opportunity to review this act. Willem Richards I found was really engaging. A very entertaining and inventive comedy act. I recommend going to see it.
There are many short stories of different and interesting characters that are combined in one set that included some clever costume changes and colourful personas that were displayed to us by the performer.
Multifaceted characters left me laughing and surprised. The audience was drawn in and asked to participate. The show was very humorous and amusing.
Willem has starred at the Melbourne Comedy Festival earlier this year and is a son to a famous tennis dad which two of his previous shows were loosely based on called "Bringing Out The Cheeseboard" in 2016.and last year's Fringe Festival act "Polish Tennis Dad". We still see references to tennis in his current show.
At this years Melbourne Fringe Festival he is the one man star of the show in "Full Metal Jacket And Other Impractical Fashions".
GOD OF CARNAGE NEW website review by Jeanette Russel
Really appreciate the opportunity to review this fantastic play. Put on by redfox 3 it was based on the play written by Yasmina Reza, which has won Tony and Oliver Awards. The production was hilarious and thoroughly entertaining. Actors were superb, in the show. An amusing and delightful time was had. The artistic director Justin Stephens, has directed many production with great results. He is a founding member of Redfox3 an independent theatre company. It runs in the Yarra Valley Victoria. Justin has won many awards for his works and enjoys showcasing local talents, involving new technology as well as using the more traditional techniques in his plays. The play is the story of two lots of parents who decide to get together to sort out an argument that their two sons were engaged in. The comedy begins with these two couples meeting. From a reserved beginning in their conversations, and polite niceties this get together becomes hysterical as they start to drink alcohol and look to lay blame on their children's interactions. Highly amusing and very funny were the antics of these parents. Professional and excellent acting kept me captivated from the start to the finish of the play. Excellent work by all involved. Thank you.
HISTORY HISTORY HISTORY NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds
REVIEW: History, History, History by Deborah Pearson By Bryanna Reynolds
Bohemian Rhapsody Club were lucky enough to attend History, History, History a performance show as a part of the Fringe Festival at the venue The Substation in Williamstown, Melbourne, Australia.
The performance from the beginning made you feel like you were inside someone's living room, hearing tales from family members. It was so beautiful to be a part of and experience in real life.
Deborah Pearson invites you to a classroom sort of setup with a desk she sits at and talks to you with a projector screen alongside her.
The space is very simple with the audience sitting in bleacher like formation and Deborah sitting at the front presenting to you. Imagine like a university lecture, but more creative and funky. The bricks of the venue made you feel like you were actually in the film she was talking about.
The talented Deborah talks to the audience and explains the movie we are all watching together actually features her grandfather. Throughout the performance she explains the life her parents and grand parents led and how she became a Canadian.
The whole performance was both entertaining and informative. Deborah makes history fun and more people need to experience her magnificent storytelling.
If you are a fan of performance theatre and looking at theatre in a different perspective than History, History, History is a show you want to see. Make sure to see Deborah’s show the next time she is in town. This is one you don't want to miss.
BK OPERA: LA VOIX HUMAINE NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
‘La Voix Humaine’ by BK Opera
If you decided to spend a night listening to opera but a classical one is too oppressive for your sense of taste then you are very welcome to visit BK Opera. Project designed to focus on the ‘bare bones’ of opera avoiding the usual pomp and to give an opportunity to enjoy the pure core of opera - beautiful musical performance. It brings opera straight to your heart! Stage is just one step away from audience’s reach turning a spectator into an observer, a weightless ghost sharing a lifetime on the stage with singers.
Francis Poulenc’s ‘La Voix Humaine’ chosen for the production is based on an original one-character play by Jean Cocteau. Love affair ended after five years… she still loves him and blames only herself… the very last phone conversation with Him… The whole range of woman’s despair who nearly lost the hope.
Conceived as a monologue it is implemented in a smart way perfectly serving the purpose. There are four different singers performing quarter parts one after another in separate rooms. Thus, audience was given an opportunity to watch variety of interpretations instead of just one. Everyone can choose the favorite one but astonishing performances by April Foster and Adelaide Greenaway won’t leave anyone indifferent. The decorations are a bit unusual: nothing left of the gloomy bluish room with white furniture, supposed by Cocteau. Everything is decorated in different shades of pink with enormous number of stuffed toys which doesn’t quite match the nature of this opera. However, the performance is so mesmerizing that all the gaffes remain out of sight.
All in all, it is a very enjoyable performance definitely worth experiencing which will broaden your horizons and leave you with the feeling that one more life was lived tonight.
AUSDANCE : 2017 AUSTRALIAN DANCE AWARDS NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
The 20th Annual Australian Dance Awards ceremony was held on 24 September at the Arts Centre Melbourne.
It was hosted by Yana Alana and Benjamin Hancock who made the night fulfilled by exuberant jokes and fun. The awards were complimented with a variety of dance groups featuring performances by The Australian Ballet, Stephanie Lake Company, Yellow Wheel, Murmuration, Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company, Raw and Rugged Dance Crew and Djirri Djirri Dance Group.
The Hall of Fame was replenished with the name of Noel C Tovey AM. The Lifetime Achievement award went to Helen Herbertson.
Personal award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer got Benjamin Hancock for his work in The Dark Chorus by Lucy Guerin Inc and for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer the award went to The Australian Ballet’s Principal Artist Ako Kondo for her starring role in Coppélia.
For the second year running Bangarra Dance Theatre picked up the award for Outstanding Performance by a Company for OUR Land People Stories as well as Lucy Guerin who accepted the award for her work The Dark Chorus for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography.
Other winners were: Jack Chambers for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Dance, Musicals or Physical Theatre Liesel Zink for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance, Catapult Dance – The Flipside Project for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance The Samaya Wives for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media Liz Lea & collaborators for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance Jennifer Irwin for Services to Dance Kim Walker for Services to Dance Education
MELBOURNE FRINGE: TEA WITH CHEKHOV NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
‘Tea with Chekhov’ by Key Conspirators
Melbourne Fringe Festival is a treasury of discoveries. Who would’ve thought to find Chekhov’s plays performed at church premises at Footscray? The more interesting it was to watch the debut production of Key Conspirators ‘Tea with Chekhov’. Anton Chekhov was a famous Russian playwright and short stories writer. His humor, satire and irony were revealed through imperceptible movements of a human soul, changes in mood, feelings and attitude.
The performance consists of three short comedies complimented with an elegant and delicious cup of afternoon tea beforehand inviting everyone to such a Chekhov’s atmosphere. Whereas classical box set on the stage promises good quality. These plays are perfect example of 19th century situation comedy full of misunderstandings, subtle humor and subtext. It came as a surprise that even in English, performed by Australian actors all this blend in well.
First part is ‘A Jubilee’. All the staff in a bank prepares for an anniversary except one tired and disgruntled clerk (Hayden Burke) who’s writing a report which is supposed to be read the same day. The scene is made of sequence of interruptions by the bank manager (Stefan Dennis) complaining about his problems, his wife (Anisha Senaratne) overwhelmed with impressions after a trip and random lady (Sarah Hallam) willing to get money on behalf of her husband. Absurdity of the situation exaggerated up to a chaotic extend resolves by the entrance of the high committee… ‘The Boor’ follows up. Grief and sorrow of inconsolable widow (Emma Hayden) who refuses to leave the house or accept visitors ever again had been disturbed by a neighbour (James Harvy) who came to ask for money which her husband apparently owed him. They start a dispute in which no-one is intended to concede. The intensity of emotions leads to a duel. But somewhere on the way both realize that they are in love with each other… James Harvy’s magnificent performance makes this 20 minutes just hilarious! The last part is ‘The Proposal’. Ivan Vassilievich (Pat Moonie) decided to get married on his neighbour’s daughter (Siobhan Connors) and came for a formal proposal. However, drawn into an argument he forgot about the original purpose. Poor health condition stopped this mess for a moment allowing the father (Kevin Hopkins) to bless the couple and the argument resumed with renewed vigor.
All in all, ‘Tea with Chekhov’ is a perfect way to spend an afternoon and enrich your experience in an intellectual comedy performed on a high level.
MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL: VIVE LA ROUGE NEW website review by Dina Gavrilova
‘Vive La Rouge’ by Faff & Sass Productions
Vive La Rouge is a show presented by Faff & Sass Productions. Beautiful songs, glamorous cabaret and sparkling burlesque alternated by a witty entertainer with the touch of French chic. Fun, vivacity and flippancy are provided. Glass (or two) of wine and an hour of meaningless laugh is exactly what one needs at the end of the week. Splendid lighthearted show which ended with cancan dance as genre required!
REST IN PIECES: BUTTERFLIES AND BUBBLES 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 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 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 website review by Veronika Chekmareva photography: Stuart Buchanan
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.