SAKHI DIVAS IN MELBOURNE NEW website review by Sam Bell // Max Lyons
The year of 2018 is likely to go down in history as one of the best for modern feminists and gender equality advocates. From the continued and seemingly unstoppable wave of the #Me Too movement, to the crushing and humiliating guilt following #Times up; women have finally started getting the respect and admiration they deserve. A fact emphasised and brought to stunning display in 2018’s latest event, Sakhi Divas. Sakhi Divas is the product of Gracy Kaur’s love of fashion, event management, Indian culture, and of course female empowerment; coming together to form a night of elegance and opulence. Coming off of two years of successful and highly regarded events up in Sydney, July 14th marked the extravaganza’s Melbourne debut. What a debut it was, with around 500 of Melbourne most beautiful, arriving dressed to the nines, filling the gorgeous Heritage Reception’s halls. To anyone who is a fan of Indian fashion, or cultural outfits in general, I highly recommend they check out the event Facebook page to look through the hundreds of pictures. Ranging from the entryway shots, taken with the talented (and feathered) dancers, to the close-up group shots (with a selection of backdrops), to the astounding crowd photos and dance pictures; all taken in stunning quality by the incredibly talented Safia Sahib and her crew. Not that there was any doubt that the dancing photos would be quality, if for no other reason than due to quantity having a quality of its own. From the varied stage performances and dances ranging from traditional Bollywood moves, to acrobatic synchronicity, all the way a burlesque segment. When it’s not enough to merely watch the dancing though, there were numerous chances to take the dancefloor yourself, with music supplied by the talented DJ ASH and enough partners to help you thoroughly lose yourself to the rhythm. Of course, not everyone wants to work up a sweat on the dancefloor, some of us just want an excuse to dress up and look amazing, for this reason Sakhi Divas supplied Prizes and surprises, from best dressed categories to raffles and door prizes, even a couple of catwalks from one of Melbourne up and coming fashion and dress designers. If none of this is your cup of tea, then perhaps you will be interested to know that on top of everything else, Sakhi Divas also provided a four-course dinner, including a rage of Indian cuisines and ended with an open buffet, just in case you weren’t satisfied by that point. In the end, Sakhi Divas, was a female only fashion and musical spectacular, focusing on Indian culture and gender equality. As a Cis-white male Australian who has never seen a Bollywood film and has a weak (generously speaking) grasp of the Hindi language, I can confidently say that Sakhi Divas was not made with people like me in mind. Yet I can only praise the event for its content, execution and style. At the end of the day, if a dude like me can walk away with a smile enjoying a night well spent, anyone can.
photos: Safia Sahib
photos: Max Lyons
THE MELBOURNE MUSICIANS : ESPAñA NEW WITH SOLOIST OPERA SINGER RADA TOCHALNA website review: Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE MELBOURNE MUSICIANS (44thConcert Season) Given at: St Johns Southgate, Melbourne on 15 July, 2018, titled ‘Espana’. Artistic Director: Frank U. Pam. Soloists: Rada Tochalna (Soprano), Claire Nicholson (Flute), Tom Campbell (French horn). Special audience guest – George Dreyfus. The well mixed and arranged programme featured a variety of Spanish themes and melodies attended by a solid and appreciative audience. The first offering was from Albeniz – ‘Asturias’ (Leyenda) and ‘Sevilla’(usually played on guitar). With lively interplay and plucking, the lively mood was set by the sweet strings, ending the second piece in a crisp manner. Four selections from Bizet’s Suite from the opera ‘Carmen’ followed. The short pieces displayed a rich full sound with brisk pizzicato passages, sparkling waltz tempos and ending with the exciting toreador’s march – well guided by Frank Pam. With the entrance of the stunning and beautiful Rada Tochalna, we were treated to the works of Manuel de Falla – ‘Seven Spanish Folksongs’ – all traditional, short and quite diverse in flavour! Rada’s performance was energetic, exciting, tuneful, expressive and at times dramatic, complemented ably by the orchestra. The responsive and enthusiastic audience revelled in her powerful delivery and presentation. Amidst the applause, congratulations and flowers, interval followed – with tasty light refreshments. Based on Chabrier’s Espana Rhapsody the orchestra continued with the Spanish flavours, namely Waldteufel’s popular ‘Espana Waltz’ - a lively performance, showing smooth flow and melodious form (although only lasting about six minutes). The scene changed to the beautiful and tuneful ‘Larino’ Safe Haven for Flute and Strings by George Dreyfus. The short, pensive and sweet piece was delivered with perfection by Claire Nicholson with great support from the orchestra and to the great delight of all. Another Dreyfus composition followed called ‘Tender Mercies for Horn and Strings’. The mysterious and moody four minute piece was ably handled by Tom Campbell, displaying virtuosity and richness of tone. Shostakovich’s ‘Spanish Dance’ was the second last piece which was exciting and quite lively, building up to George’s theme from the television series ‘Rush’ (1974). The lively piece featured some spicy pizzicato passages along with tuneful flute playing from Claire Nicholson. As the audience appreciation was massive, Frank included the piece as an encore, much to everyone’s delight! (Footnote: The core theme from ‘Rush’ was based on a 19th century sea shanty by Joseph B. Geoghegan) Congratulations to Frank Pam, the Orchestra and the soloists for a delightful, invigorating and musically colourful concert, with special credits to George Dreyfus. We look forward to future events in September, August and November. SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Musician - Bohemian Rhapsody Club). 17 July 2018.
BASTILLE DAY AT FRENCH FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2018 NEW website review by Olga Kirk
Basille Day French Festival Melbourne took place on the weekend 14-15 July 2018 France and Australia a geographically located far away from each other, but are very close in spirit to each other. Cheese, wine and culture attract French and Australians in the same way The beautiful chanson music gave the event that special spice ad flavor as well as the special mood. The entertainment was organised for adults as well as for children It was a very pleasant time spending in the family circle with that special French charm we all love so much.
“Lip Service” Lawler Theatre. Southbank www.mtc.com.au A play by John Misto 2hrs 10 minutes including interval Strange Duck Productions *Not suitable for children course language adult themes and nudity. **Hurry only Until 28th July Linden Wilkinson as Elizabeth Arden Septimus Caton as Helena Rubinstein’s minder/assistant Patrick O’Higgins coined “Irish” by Helena Rubinstein
Review by Susan Reynolds 10/10
Lip service illuminated in hilariously imaginative fashion the lives of the two revolutionaries of the modern makeup world; giants Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden with reference to other business competitors particularly Charles Revson (Revlon). Joining the two women on stage was also Rubenstein’s amicable Assistant “Irish”
The play by Australian playwright John Misto is masterfully written with dialogue awakening a fascinating historical past and creating magic with these larger than life personalities. Brilliantly performed the stars have truly aligned with this one.
It’s as much about an education in how to escape and hide your social origins as it is about having a dogged determination to succeed. Helena Rubinstein hid her underprivileged Polish Jewish past and Elizabeth Arden her impoverished Canadian country roots. Interestingly Helena Rubenstein’s had a connection with Australia after she was sent here to her live with her Uncle at the age of 19. She subsequently started selling her first commercial product Creme Valaze in 1902.
With the outbreak of WWI and foreseeing problems with her Jewish ancestry Helena Rubinstein moved from London to New York. Helena and Elizabeth both tried to outdo each other on New York scene. Helena beat Elizabeth to the introduction of waterproof mascara much to the chagrin of Elizabeth. They’d planted spies in each other’s camps to steal secrets. In the 1900s businesses were dominated by men, these two women needed grit to stand up to the men even more so than they did each other. In real life the two never actually met however in the play the two women fancifully found a likenesses of themselves in each other; despite proclaiming their hatred.
Lives were like looking into a crazy circus mirror where lives only briefly appeared normal. Amanda Muggleton presented Helena as manic, powerful, unscrupulous and domineering with a tough mantle; inside was like hot lava ready to erupt if provoked. Only scenes with her big-hearted assistant “Irish” do we get an idea of her seldom seen softer side. As portrayed Helena Rubinstein often sacrificed her close relationships since she was all too busy feeding her life obsession with success.
The night offered glances of historical perspective but most entertainingly a hysterical one. No history class has ever been this much fun with so many jokes in rapid succession. Amanda Muggleton played Helena Rubinstein brilliantly encapsulating the essence of a woman who commands attention. Amanda’s comedic talents were showcased and much appreciated by the audience. Linden Wilkinson As Elizabeth Arden was witty, dry humoured, measured and leisured in her straight talking. The dreamscapes created by John Misto were a playground where both women confronted each other. Helena Rubenstein’s Assistant “Irish” added a cool breeze of humanity in the throes of a whirlwind of driven forces. Softly filling the air in the conclusion of the play with a sweet Irish ballad beautiful as soft falling snow.
MISS WORLD AUSTRALIA 2018 NSW STATE FINALS NEW website review: Ivan Lubkov
Miss World Australia NSW finals Miss World Australia finals for New south Wales was held on the 5th of July to determine 5 contestants that would compete in the Australia national beauty pageant. The venue of the event, Doltone House in Hyde Park was a perfect choice as it provided ample space and glamorous ambiance with windows overlooking the Sydney central park. As being the finals for the beauty pageant in New South Wales the show gave an opportunity to more than 30 contestants to present their beauty and achievements in charity. All the participating delegates had to go through multiple qualifying events held throughout the state for the past months. Anyone that has being to any similar show in the past would have recognized straight away the level of the presenters was in the highest standard. The event was divided into 3 judged stages: evening ware, introductory speech and opinion on common social questions. During the first stage each of the contestants showed elegant dresses. As part of the introductory speech the participants had a chance to tell about their personality, aspirations in life, honorable events and contributions to charity work. The opinion on social questions stage offered an opportunity to discuss the points of view of the contestants and their opinions of the modern world. Overall the Miss World Australia Pageant reiterated their commitments to the initiative of Beauty with a Purpose and the policy of Inclusion and Diversity. The two pillars of the ideology of appreciating and sharing beauty, kindness and acceptance were clearly observable. All of the contestants no mater their nationality and background were equally able to compete in the show. Overall the pageant was a great platform for the contestants to communicate, build up self confidence and practice presenting in front of audience. The winners of the were awarded chance to precede to the National finals in Palazzo Versace Brisbane.
SYDNEY MWA STATE FINAL
Winners through to the National Crowning Ceremony: Lavinia White (automatically through from the 2017 Top 5 at Nationals) Alexandra Wallace Claudia Curac Elice Craig Emily Said Lilly Kirkby
Judges: Deborah Miller Gabrielle Bartlett (MAFS) Dr Aodhan Docherty
Sponsors: - Novo Shoes - Ozwear Ugg - Mediterranean Tan - Pola SDI - Skin O2 - Kandima Maldives - Air Asia - Doltone House
Contestants: Caitlyn Hosking Claudia McClelland Desiree Autor Emi Clancy Emily Egan Emma Moore Lara Crouch Moksha Rana Susana Downes Alana Kennedy Brooke Allison Ejay Stokes Isabella Ali Jacqueline Manirakiza Jeannette Kambere Jenelle S Karolina Jazwinski Louise Linderot Olympia Hitner Priyanka Kapil Tyler-Jane Lumsden
MC: Nadia Stamp
THE 3 MUSKETEERS NEW website interview by Roslynn Garwood-Webb
RG-W: This play has been cast gender-blind. Is this the first play whereby you have had to audition in this way, and what do you think is the advantage of casting in this way?
SJ: No this isn’t the first play that I have done where the cast was gender-diverse and cast gender-blind. This is, however, the first play I have done where the director did not have any preconceived casting ideas as regards gender.
For example, in the first rehearsal for ‘The 3 Musketeers’ we all ticked boxes as to which characters we thought we would like to portray – any characters at all! And then we went through the play and our director would continuously change it up, trying new actors in any role. It was actually a lot of fun!
There are several advantages to this. One is that so many new ideas or thoughts come about when anyone and everyone is reading the same lines. It can cast a different feeling, emotion and ultimately a completely different character when anyone is reading it. I found myself thinking in a multitude of ways that I don’t think I normally would have.
RG-W : This adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ ‘The 3 Musketeers’ is certainly a departure for you, given your obvious love of Shakespeare. Which of your many characters, or plays, has been your favourite to play to date and why?
SJ: I have two characters to date that I could portray for a very long time and never get sick of. One is Mercutio in ‘Romeo and Juliet’. His energy, playfulness, heart and strength are some of the most amazing things to play with. I had the opportunity to be cast as him in the Australian Shakespeare Company’s production a few years back. Also, he does have a pretty wicked sword fight as well, that makes me love him even more.
One other character that I have had the joy of portraying is The Emcee in the musical ‘Cabaret’. He is just a delight, and so powerful and energetic. This production, which I did way back in 2008, was a dream come true. It was a test for me, as I hadn’t delved too far into the musical theatre world at that stage. But this role was just so juicy and dense that I was totally immersed in the world and him.
I also am a massive fan of ‘Macbeth’. So dark, so in depth, and so wonderful for the actors to play with.
RG-W : Why should everyone go along and see Natasha’s adaptation of ‘The 3 Musketeers’?
SJ: This show is proving to be a bundle of fun, with actors bouncing off one another in sheer delight, dancing about with swords in hand. And it has the element of heart to bring it all home. The cast has really honed their craft and created a lovely show for all to come and see.
RG-W : Is this the first time that you have auditioned for a part which has been cast gender-blind? If so how did you find the experience and did you have to prepare for the audition in a different way?
AM: No, I have played traditional male parts in several productions in the past, mainly in Western Australia, including Ross in ‘Macbeth’, the Officer in ‘Twelfth Night’ (Shakespeare in the Park), Abanazar in ‘Aladdin’, Gobbo in ‘The Merchant of Venice’, the Prince in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Saturninus in an all-female production of ‘Titus Andronicus’. Apart from Ross, which I played as a woman, I played all the other roles as men.
RG-W : What is the thing that you enjoy most about playing Aramis/The Duke in this play?
AM: I love the exuberance of the Duke, his flowery speech and his desperate love for the Queen. I can play ‘full-on Shakespearean male lover’ with this role, which is wonderfully freeing (even though this is not Shakespeare!).
Aramis is such a delightful challenge – musketeer, would-be priest and lover. He is torn between two worlds. It is so good to play traditional male roles, as the characters are always richer and more complex than traditional female ones.
RG-W : Why should everyone go along and see Natasha’s adaptation of ‘The 3 Musketeers’?
AM: Because it is an energetic romp with lots of laughs, sword fighting, drama and even singing and dancing! The gender-blind casting is such a wonderful idea and gives a very different slant to the traditional story by Alexandre Dumas.
THIS F*ING LADY NEW website review by Olga Tolkacheva
CORAL BROWNE – THIS F***ING LADY! At fortyfivedowndtairs
It is always a pleasure to come to fortyfivedowndtairs - small independent theatre and art space, that showcases experimental work, often inspirational and challenging. This time the play is CORAL BROWNE – TFL and it is a pure indulgence! It’s based on the life of Coral Brown, a beautiful gutsy actress from Melbourne, who left Australia in 1934 and made big in London and later, in Hollywood.
This is a one-actor show and the elegant Genevieve Mooy plays it with panache! Sparkling anecdotes about the tribulations of fabulous celebrity life, theatre and movie scenes, high profile lovers and husbands keep coming at a lightning speed. One minute Genevieve is a little girl who wants to win an allocution pageant, next minute she is an elderly demanding mother who is obsessively critical of her daughter. All roles are convincing, portrayed with very clever observations and very, very funny.
Flamboyant, shocking and very funny, Coral tells it all! Her life reads like a fictional screenplay, with lady Luck playing a major part. Coral got famous for playing sassy femme fatale; “Scarlet woman in a scarlet dress” was her role on stage, on screen and in real life. Her potty-mouthed humour was the best entertainment at the posh London dinners. She readily laughed at herself, the motto was: ‘if you come first and make yourself a butt of the joke – nobody can hurt you!’
Maureen Sherlock wrote the play based on Brown’s own letters, scrapbooks and memorabilia, and she composed a tale with beauty and wit. This is the great entertainment for everybody: younger people will learn about the glamour of bygone era, older ones will cherish the new angle on Classic Hollywood and old British movies. And at the end, everybody will remember Coral Browne as a vivacious Grande Dame and a leading Lady in life and on stage.
Highly recommended, will be on till 22nd of July, you can book the tickets: https://www.fortyfivedownstairs.com/wp2016/event/coral-browne-this-fing-lady/
Another great experience under the Big Top. It began with a story line of a young boy dreaming about being a circus performer. The ring transformed into exceptional entertainment. The acrobats soared and clowns made mischief. There was even an animal act with the dogs. They danced, jumped and rolled. I would say this was one of the favourite acts among the kids. All the performers demonstrated that circus artistry requires grace as well as agility. The costumes added that extra element of dream-like feeling. Some preparation for the acts to follow was a little lengthy, which created a minor interruption in fluidity of the story telling. There was no alternative entertainment offered to the audience during the preparation for the next act. Updated acts from the magician and the clown would have been refreshing to see. It would also been good to see the ushers and act assistants to be dressed in costumes, adding that extra element of dream-like transformation. Overall it was colourful and bright. The music was modern and enjoyable by the audience. The children were on their feet dancing along. The storyline followed through with a grand ending. Acrobats were fit, performing each act with great degree of confidence. The audience seemed to be engaged and enjoying the show. I highly recommend going to watch one of the shows because you will not regret it.
FROM THE HUNGARIAN PLAINS TO THE TRANSYLVANIAN ALPS AT MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE Group Vardos has been performing internationally for over 20 years and now they come to Melbourne recital centre. Alana Hunt and Sofia Chapman started playing together almost quarter of a century ago. This is how Vardos was born, focusing on gipsy and folk music of Hungary and Romania. They used to travel to remote villages to collect weird and wonderful folk songs. Over the years the band expanded, Kirri Buchler became the third musician and Tim Meyen the latest addition to the band. This music is a song and dance celebration, variations of Polka and Chardash, it starts slow, goes faster, faster, until it is really fast! My legs were jumping with the beat; it was hard to sit still and proper. Not that musicians would mind, they love audience participation and normally play small venues that allow full audience engagement: clapping, stomping and dancing. The musicians play multiple instruments: violin, viola, accordion, guitar, double bass and more. Alana’s violin is superb, with other instruments supporting her in elaborate rhythmic arrangements. Flat bridge viola, two string double bass (the villagers were too poor to get more strings), the Jaw harp, all of them produce quite an amazing array of sounds, making the music truly authentic. There are some really unusual instruments like hurdy-gurdy, which looks like a big music box with a handle and makes the sound of a cat pulled by a tail. I was really impressed by Trumpet-Violin: a wacky combination of violin with the trumpet bell attached to project sound. The simple milk jug and metal spoons can be used as percussion instruments, and they look deceptively easy to use. Between the musical pieces, Alana entertains us with stories about the customs, peculiarity of musical instruments or the history of the songs. The concert takes us on a musical journey through the remote parts of Transylvania. We can easily imagine ourselves in the midst of village celebration somewhere in the valley with snowy peaks of the Carpathian Mountains as a backdrop. The party goes for a few days starting in the morning with fresh air and clear blue sky and finishing late at night with singing and dancing around the fire. Here is a sound of a bygone era soon to be forgotten with big city technology. And maybe this is why this music attracts us – to remind us of the simple life and simple pleasures, and the joy to be united by singing and dancing.
Olga Tolkacheva asked some question during her interview with Vardos:
OT: Does the word "Vardos" mean anything? Vardos is a word from Gypsy language and means 'caravans'
OT: You added the fourth member of the band. Can we expect more musicians joining your band in the future? Tim just joins occasionally for special concerts, recordings and launches.
OT: What are your plans for the future? Vardos plan for the future is a European tour in 2020!
I love Melbourne and the fun things we can do in town including festivals, attractions, music, markets, walks, picnics, and community events.
However, the Northcote Town Hall is my favourite location as the so many interesting , exciting and major things are happenings there, such as the International Comedy Festival and the Fringe Festival.
On my visit this year I saw amazing and very funny show called “THE TALK” performed by a highly regarded Australian artist - Mish Grigor.
It was one brilliant, and fun experience. I loved the most how Mish presented her personal experience with her family.
It's quite interesting as children and parents might talk about sex but topics like a number of sexual partners and sex toys are generally saved for conversations with your friends.
The way Mish presented her story was kind of awkward and embarrassing, but it also made you think why we should be embarrassed about it. It is natural then not embarrassing.
It’s important to have an open mind about sex and to have a healthy attitude towards it.
I would definitely try to watch more performances done by Mish, well done!
And of course I look forward to new productions at Northcote Arts Centre
IMPERIAL ICE STARS: SWAN LAKE ON ICE NEW website review by Olga Kirk
Swan Lake on Ice The breathtaking music by P.I. Tchaikovsky always sounds modern, very smooth and simply luxurious. We know the Swan Lake music from childhood, by heart as well as the other music pieces by the famous composer. More to that: we all can hum and sing them along. In the theater was sitting next to a woman who was doing that - it was so cute and so sweet to observe her being taken by the genius of harmony. There is nothing that can destruct you from listening to this divine tunes.... but the choice of the music expects you to perform as a genius too. The Imperial Stars made it with the perfection of the masters of the scene and masers of he dance. The modern technology with digital decorations supported the perfection of staging. The swan flew high and he fire was right on the cold ice. The virtuosi on the stage weer beyond any human words: the triple supports, synchronicity and the famous Russian school technique was on the world highest level always as a tradition as well as new added tricks included triple pirouette- the ones that still do not have names to describe them correctly. The costumes were absolutely stunning. They created and added to the atmosphere of joy and fairy tale. There are 23 skating champions on the ice in this performance, those which got 250 awards and medals for their sport achievements in assorted world famous competitions. The four previous performances made this special tour a long waited by the public and the critics, they won the reputation of the troupe of the highest world class. It is a pleasure to see that so many performers and the main characters in the first place have Russian and Ukrainian background and graduated from the famous schools abroad . They are the stars of their profession. They simply burned the floors of Melbourne most prestigious art hall!
review by Nadia Pleshkova
The Imperial Ice Stars – Swan Lake The Imperial Ice Stars is a troupe of world class performers who bring the magnitude of ice skating to the intimacy of the theatre stage. They masterly integrate beautiful ice skating skills in the interpretation of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's classic ballet "Swan Lake" all on ice with passion. The troupe consists of World, European and National Championship level skaters, predominantly Russian and Ukrainian, who between them have won over 250 national and international medals. The Imperial Ice Stars take ice choreography to a new level by innovatively interpreting Tchaikovsky's classical ballet. The performers, using the expended virtuosity of moves that haven’t been attempted before, leave the audience breathless. The extra special effects include "flying", "snow", "fire on ice", LED projections as well as the most luxurious costumes, set the scene for a magnificent and thrilling show. It is also fascinating to learn how much research is undertaken prior to the production that would take about 2 years to put together. Tony Mercer, producer and artistic director, considered the world's foremost creator of contemporary theatre on ice, together with musical arranger Tim A Duncan took on the most challenging task. By bringing the original three hour piece into a musical score that tells the story of Swan Lake over two acts and in a time frame that is audience-friendly, they have successfully achieved perfection. Their version of "Swan Lake" takes the original idea of the great composer to have Odette and Odile as two separate roles. It is only under instructions of the head of the Russian Imperial theatre that Tchaikovsky merged them to be performed by one dancer with the purpose of creating confusion, so the Prince is himself confused by the identities of Odette and Odile and therefore is seen to make an innocent mistake. Curiously the first staging of "Swan Lake" in 1877 was not successful at all and no new production was ever mounted in the composer’s lifetime. Another contributor to the success of the art on ice is the ice itself. It takes a strict timetable and at least 18 technicians to build an ice rink on a stage. The base is built, then filled with 15km pipes. The pipes are filled with glycol (antifreeze) and water with the chillers' temperature set up to -15C making it ready for four tones of crushed ice to be spread over the pipes. The ice is being sprayed for the next 20 hours to achieve the perfect surface. A show on ice takes an incredible effort and talent to create. Each tour would require 44 people including performers, technicians a doctor, with a further 17 people involved in each venue. The Imperial Ice Stars have now performed across all 5 continents and have been entertaining the audiences since 2004 with the following productions: The Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Cinderella on Ice, The Nutcracker on Ice. It is Swan Lake on Ice though that became the first ice show to win a theatrical award – the Manchester Evening News “Best Special Entertainment” award. The Imperial Ice Stars constantly pushes the boundaries of ice dance genre with their skills and athleticism, evolving the art form and broadening its appeal to a more adult audience.
review by Ven Perov (Adelaide)
Swan Lake on Ice, or where you should've gone to this week (if you're from Adelaide).
Not every day you get a chance to spoil yourself with some world class ice skating. Last time the Imperial Ice Stars visited Australia with their Swan Lake production in 2010, and here they are again - with even more perfected acrobatics, aerial gymnastics and stunts. The play strikes you on multiple levels, and it is something all audiences can appreciate. From very distinguishable characters and their superb technicality on ice and expressive choreography, costume design to the pace of the play, the overall feeling... Did I miss anything? Oh yeah, the special effects. A lot of them. You're thinking bringing a bunch of ice inside the building isn't enough? Well there you have a full-on fire show, stunts and even a special harness to fly people across the room.
Coming in I knew nothing about it, and to be honest, I was a bit sceptical - simple metal chairs, a modern minimalistic stage with no decorations except for a movie projector with some animation, minimal amount of bells and whistles you expect to see when you come to watch Swan Lake - at least, for someone who saw it at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. But despite the minimalism of the room and apparent sense of the production being "rushed", the performance leaves a great impression, being both good entertainment and a work of art. It is something, I feel, people living in Adelaide aren't spoilt with but yet it is something they can definitely appreciate. There were mistakes, a few of them. Those who watched closely know what I'm talking about. Did it make me less appreciative of the experience? Not at all. This is why I won't list them. Leaving the theatre, I saw a few young girls trying to copy the ice skaters' moves - they were jumping up and down, probably asking their moms to take them to the ice skating school the next morning; I saw people leaving with smiles on their faces, I saw strangers talking about what they just saw, discussing the play; I saw people leaving inspired and enlightened - and that's a big thing. That's the main thing.
CHOIRS EVENING NEW shalom associaton review by Rachel Sandey
24 июня произошло знаменательное событие. Первый раз в истории Русскоговорящей общины были собраны вместе восемь хоров и ансамблей, включая две детских группы, которым была предоставлена возможность продемонстрировать своё искусство и любовь k песне и музыке. В своём вступительном слове Борис Фельдман, президент Ассоциации Шалом подчеркнул важное значение песни в жизни людей, буквально, как говорится в одной очень популярной песне: " Нам песня строить и жить помогает, она, как друг и завёт и ведёт , и тот, кто с песней по жизни шагает, тот никогда и нигде не пропадёт" Он привёл стастику, которая подтверждает положительное влияние пения и в бльшей степени хорового на физическое, эмоциальное и умственное здоровье людей, особенно пожилого возраста. Программу вела очаровательная и всеми любимая Надежда Черкасова.
Первым номером интересной и ёмкой программы Вокальный Ансамбль Карусель, руководитель которого Екатерина Пекарина исполнил песню " Шалом". 12 исполнительниц были одеты в нарядные, яркие национальные костюмы и кокошники и создали праздничную и тёплую атмосферу. Они спели ещё две песни и закончили под дружные аплодисменты зала. Затем выступил детский хор "Лира" , хормейстер Татьяна Бакшеева. Они исполнили 5 песен, начиная с песни " Улыбка" и завершили казачьей народной песней "Ой да не вечер". Когда поют дети, сердца зрителей тают и улыбки не покидают их лица. Без сомнения они были приняты очень тепло, а их родители, бабушки и дедушки сияли от гордости и удовольствия. Детей сменила "Вокальная группа Лотус", под руководством Михаила Горлина, которая состоит из 6-ти исполнитеьниц с хорошо поставленными голосами. Концерт продолжили ещё три вокальных группы "Гармония"( дети разных возрастов от 5 и старше), Сае и Ностальгия под руководством хормейстера Елены Варшавской. Были исполнены песни композиторов Абеляна,Гайдна, Славкина, Шайдулова, Уорена, Дженкинса, Гладкова, Никитина и Марченко. Очень интересная и разнообразная программа, включающая много разных жанров. Ещё два замечательных хора приняли участие в концерте, "Поющие Сердца" под руководством хормейстера Давида Мильштейна и "Радуга" под руководством Любови Сокирянской. Все выступления были приняты тепло и сопровождались громкими, продолжительными аплодисментами. Надо отдать должное организаторам этого вечера. Стоило немалого труда собрать вместе столько поющих коллективов, скоординировать программу и собрать зрителей. Спасибо Ассоциации Шалом, её президенту Борису Фельдману, вице президенту Леониду Фрэнклах и всему комитету за прекрасный вечер песни, прошедший с колоссальным успехом.
photos: Rachel Sandey
CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE NEW website review by Rachel Sandey
My curiosity led me to attend the only Concert in Melbourne by Iconic Avant Garde composer and performer Charlemagne Palestine, who was born to Russian - Jewish parents in Brooklyn, New York in 1945. Being myself of Russian -Jewish origin and not knowing anything about this artist, I thought I must not miss the opportunity to see him, learn and discover for myself a new stream in organ music. Well, I must admit this was a totally unique experience. The church was lit by the red lights of the heaters and dimmed purple lamps. The artist was sitting at the back of the hall, dressed in the colourful jacket, strangely shaped hat and surrounded by a huge amount of soft toys, (apparently his collection of soft toys includes 1800 pieces and some of them accompany him to all of his shows). According to his own words, the toys create the special atmosphere, which he needs for inspiration, as his performance is always improvisation. This Anglican Church in Williamstown is one of a kind, as it has not one, but two Organs, - big and small. It also has a piano, so the artist had the opportunity to experiment on all of these instruments. The show lasted over an hour. When he played on the small organ, I could hear sounds of the drums, talking to each other, then after that it was his voice without words in different diapasons, imitating shaman's singing. Then there was very powerful performance on the piano, when the sounds of big Church's bells filled up the hall. And the last part of the concert was the improvisation on the big Organ. It was so powerful and overwhelming, that I had a feeling that the whole world coming to an end. It was like thousands of explosions and avalanches around us - then there was silence! The artist thanked the audience, who responded with a loud and long ovation. In conclusion, I can say it was a show unlike anything I’ve seen before and a completely new experience.
WONDERLAND THEATER : CINDERELLA NEW website review by Olga Kirk
Wonderland Theatre prepares the beautiful surprises for the kids every school holiday. Theyy picked up the well known Cinderella fairy tale and created a modern version of it this time . The decorations of the performance were very good working so well together with the lights and the music and a sensational bonus: for the kids: the possibility to be part of t he show and of course miracles
This time on stage Cinderella turned from a common girl into a glamorous princess who was ready to go to the ball. To our total surprise the roles of he two Cinderella's sisters were given to men! Their very strange and bright costumes,their jokes, their performances were so much in place not only for the kids but for the adults alike.
Dany of 7 remembered and repeated one of the lines of Princess' sisters: "Who likes Snickers? Well, be bought two pairs of nickers!"
It was such a gorgeous experience to see the kids becoming small actors themselves who sang and danced the famous songs and dances together with the Princess and her helpers. It is a double pleasure to receive sweets for such participation.
As a tradition at the end of the performance he guests had a great opportunity to take photos together with the main characters. The photos are so much fun to go through again and again after you come back home. You can also show them to your relatives and friends.
I can only say now as the performance I saw is in the past already: "Good Bye dear Cinderella . We will be waiting for the next holidays to see Alice .
I recommend you all to go to this performance with the whole family to enjoy your time together. There s something to everyone to take from this superb time.
I will give you an example: "God Mother can not find a job and she goes to Centrelink and she answer the question what she can do like this" I can not do much ,not much not much but I have a magical wound"
I am saying now that there is a magical wound we all have here and it is her:Natasha Marchev. Thank you from all of s who had a chance to get a piece of this magic.
TOP HAT TUESDAYS MAGIC SHOWS NEW website review by Olga Tolkacheva
The cozy atmosphere of Cabaret Bar 86 feeds the imagination with the anticipation of magic: red drapes, eclectic collection of knick-knacks at the bar wall, dimmed lighting – everything enthralls us into the realm of unreal. Small back room theatre with only few dozen of seats makes the experience really intimate. It is The Top Hat Tuesday, the show that happens at the Bar 86 regularly on the first Tuesday of every month. In addition to that, this magic show was during July - a month of the Melbourne Magic Festival, and we got to experience a little bit of many highly anticipated performances.
We were in for a treat: a line-up of Australia's leading magical entertainers and international guest stars. Our host was Award-winning Melbourne magician Dom Chambers, who opened up with the modern take on card tricks and his signature trick; pouring the ordered drink out of his smartphone! (How did he do it?! Don’t we all secretly wish to have this unique ability?) Bodane Hatten combined amazing sleight of hand with quick wit comedy. Davide Kaufmann, a charming Italian magician, creatively used his seeming lack of English to frame his performance with bursts of laughter from the audience. Brendan Dooley, who has the title of New Zealand’s Best Comedy magician (“so if you are not laughing – you are wrong”), not only created unforgettable experience with card tricks (how did this card get inside a balloon?!) and Rubik’s Cubes, he spoke of his passion for his craft, which he perfected for years. Lawrence Leung, a creator of the current show ‘Unthinkable’, dazzled us with psychological game-play and impossible mind reading. I was heartbroken that he didn’t pick me from the audience to help him.
Every magician had something unique to offer. All of them honed their craft for many years; some started when they were teenagers. A passionate hobby turned into a full-time occupation with one goal: create impossible, unbelievable new illusions. Or maybe the goal was to change the monopoly money into real money; I am a bit hazy on that.
At the end of the show, we were all speechless. The magic show has this uncanny ability to bring out the kid in every adult, this forgotten state of wonder and amazement. And this is where true magic lives!
"Do you know Natasha, sometimes it happens like this: you get so tired at work and then you think why should I sit behind the steering wheel and drive somewhere?" But you still drive and then suddenly you feel - BINGO!!!! You suddenly realise why you had to go there. There are no accidents,no accidental invites, no accidental meetings and people that you meet in your life., it is all planned for your soul, your higher self to go through certain experiences By saying NO to something coming up to your hands you deprive such "accidents" to take place and question "god's grand plan for you.... The plan leads you often to something absolutely unexpectedly beautiful. That was my case, Natasha. I got such a deep emotional stroke , a massive emotional move and I got so many thoughts projected on me from what I just heard and what I went through...
That is what happened to me on the day of this incredible concert. I was supposed to be there at the musical theater together with another media member, Erkin but he could not make it because of the traffic and the rain.
I realised suddenly that there were reasons for that unfortunate miss too. That evening everything was supposed to go according to the grand plan. My experience was priceless and the value of it was amazing. You never know what you miss if you say NO, what people you will not meet and what emotions you will not go through: beautiful or on the contrary sad but they are YOURS...." Here my review comes:
These musicians are unique, they do not allow "accidents"in life, they are grand and they are the biggest treasure of this country.
The concert А Hitchhiker's Guide to the Romantic was organised by the mega talented and famous Kathryn Selby .the pianist, the founder and the director of Selby and Friends.
Miss Selby is a well known and highly regarded Australian pianist and music professor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with the vast experience and knowledge in performing music of various centuries and assorted styles. That includes romantic music, Gershwin, Rakhmaninoff and many others. Selby started with the set of concerts by Selby and Friends since 2006. Every year the trio travels around the country and delivers the beauty of music to the people
This particular concert consisted of three sonatas by romantic composers: Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schubert.. The music pieces selected were picked up with the finest and most delicate taste and appreciation to the music as an art. They were not there for you from the yelling out radio stations or chewing-gum-like classical musical pieces from the TV. They were the musical pieces that are not that popular among the common listeners. That was the music not for everyone. This music would be interesting for the people who like and enjoy to think. That was the music for those who appreciate the highest realms of the energy and the music as its finest expression. These sonatas sound like most gorgeous gems for the powerful and aristocratic lady with her inner finest beauty: emotions, passions , joys and frustrations.
Now I would like to talk in details about the two musicians who joined Katheryn in the dialogue about the beauty. Andrew Haveron is a violin player. His technical skills if I can say so touched me deep;y. The manner of the performance and the softness of the instrument ( made by Guadanini в 1757 году ) sound helped me to see my soul. The reflection was beyond any words that I could describe this impression.
Umberto Cierici is a cello player. He talked about the tours and the music, the people and their traditions from Russia and many other European countries and cities of the world. Hi passion and smile, his intelligence and his charisma are projecte sensationally on his music
Together with Kathtyn the three are the finest collective presenting the romantic music to the devoted listeners in the exact style of the epoche
The trio is coming back to Melbourne in October with the concert Four Sessions. I can not wait the goosebumps on my skin again and again. The performance was virtuoso-hands-created and glorious to say the least.
SLEEPING BEAUTY NEW website review: Roslynn Reynolds
Following her hugely successful 2017 Panto Season , Bonnie Lythgoe productions has returned in 2018 to bring yet another Amazing Production to Melbourne, perfectly timed for Family School Holiday Fun - Sleeping Beauty - A Knight Avengers Tale. Set in a royal castle somewhere in Melbourne between St Kilda, Toorak and the Dandenong's, this panto is loosely based on the well known Disney fairytale. Princess Aurora is preparing for her 21st birthday celebration. Whilst the royal staffers are busy preparing for the event, Princess Aurora is reunited with her childhood friend the charming Prince Valiant, whom she hasn't seen since she was a little girl. It is love at first sight for them both, much to the anguish of Aurora’s right hand man Silly Billy, who is madly in love with the Princess but his admiration and love is unrequited as Princess Aurora has only eyes for the Regal Prince Valiant. All however is not fair in love so it seems. A curse placed on the princess at birth by the scorned wicked bad fairy Carabosse, puts her to sleep for 100 years. Through the portrayal of several love stories, you are left wondering who will be the one to wake the Princess with true loves first kiss. Sleeping beauty — a Knight Avengers Tale is an outrageously funny, side splitting Comedic theatre production which will entertain both adults and children alike. With it's stunning sets, amazing nostalgic musical numbers and even a sneakily placed teaser for next years panto, for 2 and a half hours (inclusive of intermission), you will be enchanted by performances from a spectacular cast including Rhonda Birchmore (Wicked Fairy Carabosse), Melissa Kautz ( Good Fairy), Kev Orkian As the outrageously funny Silly Billy), the ever so talented english actor, Fraser Hines ( King Louis), Katrina Retallick (Nanny Tickle), Embla Bishop (Sleeping Beauty) and Daniel Milne ( Prince Valiant). Hand on my heart this was the most I have laughed in a longtime and to hear the unstoppable laughter from my 9 year old daughter beside me was the sweetest sound to my ears and something I will never forget. We laughed so much that our cheeks hurt, We just didn't want it to end. Sleeping Beauty a Knight Avengers Tale is a must see for everyone these School Holidays. 10/10
Venue: NICA National Circus Centre, 39-59 Green St, Prahran, VIC 3181.
Duration: 2-hrs (incl/20-min intermission).
Tickets: $30 - Adult, $22 - Conc/U16, $90 - Family A (2-Ad, 2-Ch), $110 - Family B (2-Ad, 3-Ch), + Group (min. 10 ppl) $24pp.
Booking: www.nica.com.au. Performance Review:
By Maxwell M. Lyons
Le Sacré, the latest production from the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), in collaboration with the Australian Ballet School (ABS), is a 2-hour spectacle of technical elegance and acrobatics showcasing the growing talents of students from both respective institutes. Flaunting an impressive total of 44 performers — 18 second-year NICA students and 26 level-seven ABS students — the show tells a dark tale of superstition and sacrifice in a macabre narrative inspired by Nijinsky and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (1913). An entertaining watch on the surface, yet sadly flawed in terms of narrative coherence and technical focus.
Let me first make something perfectly clear, I am not (or seldom) criticising the respective disciplinary talents of the performers. For the most part, the cast put on commendable, if not exemplary, performances considering their experience and expertise, especially given the collaborative nature of the show. Whilst small performative errors did occur, they were quickly recovered from with exceptional finesse, often played off as intentional acts contributing to the chaotic actions and imagery of the onstage performance. I applaud the students for their proficiency and professionalism.
In terms of sound and costume design, both were more than respectable, befitting of the thematic focus of the sombre narrative. Occasionally, the transition between scores was disjointed, but this was of little detriment to the show as a whole. With that said, the show ultimately left much to be desired from a directorial standpoint. In terms of choreography, whilst the cast worked well together in combining and showcasing their distinct disciplinary talents, there was a noticeable imbalance in the diversity and emphasis of talent on display. Circus acts more often than not over-shadowed their ballet counterparts, with the choreography for the latter being rather basal and prosaic by comparison. Furthermore, even when given the spotlight, there was an unnecessary (intentional or otherwise) gender divide, with male dancers given preferential prowess in choreography compared to female dancers. I’m not boisterously declaring “sexism”, I’m just saying there was a clear discrepancy evident, which ultimately hindered the unity of the collaborative display.
Following the theme of imbalance, one of the biggest grievances I had with the show was how cluttered the performance was. Forty-four performers is a sizeable cast, and I understand this must have added a lot of complexity in all aspects of the show’s planning — especially one with the intention of showcasing as much talent as possible — but in almost every performance-focussed scene (i.e., scenes more focussed on displaying the talents of the cast than progressing the narrative) there was always some deterrent taking focus away from the primary performance demonstration. Sometimes there were unnecessary cast members, sometimes the focus between performance and narrative clashed, and sometimes there were multiple points of primary focus, both equally spectacular and distracting of the other. There is a lot to be said about how the lack of focus amounted to the show’s detriment, but long story short, it was disappointing to see such inept directorial vision detract from and hinder the showcase of talent from the young performers.
All-in-all, though the show may be hindered by the myopic directorial scope, Le Sacré was an entertaining watch, with a delightfully obscure (albeit slightly complex) narrative, felicitous costume and sound design, and remarkable performative talent. If you are interested in seeing what the future of performing arts has to offer, Le Sacré is where it’s at.
will be showing Wednesday through Saturday from June 13 -23 at NICA National Circus Centre.
The theater production explores relationships between a single father and his daughter. Even though aspects of Indigenous culture are referenced to throughout the play, in the whole, the piece appeals to us all, regardless of our cultural affiliations. It eloquently speaks across these cultural lines of us as parents and children, our roles in each other's lives and our influences on each other; how all of us are simply human beings shaped by these relationships. The road trip the pair takes represents our path in life. We go about our daily lives, our actions, and interactions with family often subconsciously motivated by whatever darkness and sufferings linger in our hearts. We hurt each other, we feel guilt, confusion, regret, we make mistake after mistake, we try to amend for those mistakes, and we do it all while learning to love and be OK with ourselves and people around us. The ending of the play is very powerful in this respect because there is forgiveness and acceptance of the life lived and the love created, however imperfect.
ELLA'S MUSIC CLUB: DANY MAIA NEW website review by Nadia Pleshkova
Imagine yourself sitting on the picturesque Copacabana or Ipanema beaches of Rio de Janeiro, listening to the quiet sound of the sand and the ocean, breathing a tropical air and glaring at the bluest sky in the whole world. You are part of a group of the young and talented artists and musicians in the late 1950s and this is your natural environment to be inspired to create a new sound that would become famous as Bossa Nova music. Bossa Nova is a complex combination of melody, harmony and rhythm, melting together a traditional Brazilian, soft Samba with the American jazz. And who would be the perfect presenter of such an exquisite sound to the Australian audience if not the authentic musician Dany Maia, direct from Brazil. A professional dancer of jazz, contemporary and afro in the past, turned to be a talented singing performer of the same music, would make you fixed on her smooth voice and the vivacious, irrepressible personality on the stage. She would entertain you with such an ease, you wouldn’t even notice you are on your feet dancing and singing with the rest of the audience. Here is a surprise to you: it is actually best to hear the songs in the original language, the lyrics were written for! The romantic and expressive Portuguese language is just as striking to listen to as to watch Danny’s sensual samba moves with her open and charming smile. You might be even amazed at how many songs you know. Dany Maia is a real jewel and luckily for us, she made Australia her home now. You must see and hear Dany Maia, who performs around Melbourne in various venues. You can check the dates on her personal website: www.danymaia.com Big Thank you to Ella Levy from Ella Music Club for organising her usual boutique live concert to expose Dany Maia to the wider community: www.ellasmusiclcub.com
BEYOND THE BARRICADE NEW website review by Susie Cashmere
As the name would suggest, “Beyond the Barricade” is a musical tribute to the world”s greatest West End and Broadway musicals, performed by previous cast members of the sensational “Les Miserables” A quartet of unbelievably talented vocalists belting out tunes enough to give the audience goose bumps at times! Songs performed from musicals such as the latest sensation “Hamilton”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Chicago”. “Miss Saigon”, “Mamma Mia”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and of course “Les Miserables”. Just to name a few. Andy Deiss and David Fawcett met whilst performing together in the production of “Les Miserables” many years ago in the city of Manchester in the UK. They came up with the idea to create a tribute show, honouring the magnificent songs of our favourite musicals. “Beyond the Barricade” was born.
The Australian line up included Andy Deiss, who also played keyboard, David fawcett, Poppy Tierney, all West End performers and were joined by our own Elise McCann, currently performing in The Production Company’s “Oklahoma”. The harmonies were on pointe and the ensemble backing the vocals were faultless. Very polished and easy to see years of practice in each performer. This is the first time the show has come to Australia, even though the show has been delighting audiences in the UK and all over Europe for the past 16 years.
If you’re not too familiar with musical theatre and you want glitz, glamour and full on performing, this is not the show for you. A few jokes told by Fawcett broke up the songs, but all in all, it was a show to be enjoyed purely for the magnificent music and exceptional vocals, all complimenting each other. Each vocalist had their own special qualities and strengths and all had solos as well as the group songs.
There were many highlights, but two that stood out were “Bring Him Home” from “les Miserables” performed by David Fawcett and “The Winner Takes it All” from “Mamma Mia” performed by our own Elise McCann.
As I am an avid musical theatre fan, “tragic” if you like, I would be happy to watch this performance again and again. It’s not for everyone, but if you love musical theatre and find the songs moving, then I would highly recommend you go and see this wonderful performance.
NGV: FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NGV website review by Susan Reynolds
NGV’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art from 15 June to 5 October 2018 at NGV International. In partnership with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Admission Fees Apply See NGVMELBOURNE for entertainment list.
A feast for the senses...Friday night at the NGV! Art from the vast collection of the Museum of Modern art in New York and Jazz Music.
Friday 15th June opening Melbournians were thronging to the entrance of the iconic Melbourne Gallery.
Usually I find the NGV staff members aren’t short on providing suggestions; tonight was no exception. On entering informative Donna pointed-out two casual dining purchase choices. At either end of the ground floor she explained was also MoMA. To the left of entering was the individual jazz singer (who was already offering welcoming musical entertainment.) The later headline act due to start at 8.30pm was Cookin’ On 3 Burners with soul singer extraordinaire Stella Angelico ...
Casual tables and seating near centre stage created a club like ambience. My friend and I decided after perusing the scene to opt for a view of MoMA; which certainly didn’t disappoint.
There was something for everyone architectural drawings, design, painting sculpture, photography and more. Highlights for me: Surrealist Salvador Dali “The Persistence of Memory” Oil 1931
Umberto Boccioni’s Unique forms of space 1913 cast in 1931.
A technologically focused piece showed the mapping of movement of aircraft around the world. We now take for granted seeing this information as we fly and enjoy in our lives now as a matter of course. “Aaron Koblins 2005 project Flight Patterns” plots data to model the crisscrossing paths of commercial aircraft.
A fun area for all was the model of New York City where you can take a photo amongst the mock up buildings and have sent to your email. Another exhibit tests your skills if you’re up to it with space invaders consoles.
Relaxing places were plentiful to socialise between enjoying the amazing current exhibition from the museum of modern art in New York. MoMA and the Jazz music. Cheese platters and various light snacks were available for purchase and a range of beverage choices.
The featured Jazz music was sensational, toe tapping very entertaining in a warm cheery atmosphere ...A fun way to spend a winter evening. People jiggled in their seats and there were also some standing boogie-wooging happening. Some enthusiastic revellers sought out the dance floor.
Great music.. recognisable tunes were “Emotion” originally by the Bee Gees, “the Beat Goes On” and the popular “ This Girl” a big crowd favourite and an Original Song by Cookin’ on 3 Burners and Kings.
I’d recommend including the Fridays at the NGV on your social events calendar. The full program list on the NGV website.
In Melbourne we appreciate uniquely orchestrated events such as this. The art crowd couldn’t get enough and the applause for the Jazz was loud and clear. NGV keep it coming!
photos: Susan Reynolds
SATELLITE LOUNGE: THE RITUAL OF ROCK website review by Bryanna Reynolds photos by: Tony Collins
The Ritual of Rock Review by Bryanna Reynolds
“Nikki & Lisa take you on a journey back in time!”
The musically talented duo of Nikki Nicholls and special guest star Lisa Bade paid tribute to the women we all know and loved in the hit era of the 80’s. Nikki and Lisa performed together live on stage at the Satellite Lounge in Melbourne, Australia.
The venue was perfectly fitting for such a legendary and inspiring night where hit songs were performed throughout the night. It was magical because they let you slip into an alternate universe of dreaming about actually being at a live band back in the era it was written.
Nikki and Lisa’s stage presence is spellbinding and it takes you to another time and place. It truly must be seen to be believed. If you ever get a chance to see the duo live, I would highly recommend seeing them live.
Throughout the night songs from many of your favourite 80’s stars including Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, Pat Benatar, Tina Turner and my very own personal favourite being Stevie Nicks. To me it was a dream come true to see these 80’s hits come to life!
I cannot wait to see what Nikki and Lisa get up to next, it would be lovely to follow their music journey as they go forward and inspire people further.
RAAM MI RAAN: AFROKINI SWIMWEAR LAUNCH 2018 SHOWCASE website review : Robert Wilson photos: Robert Wilson
Our media crew was lucky enough to attended an amazing event that took place on June 2 to present the Raam Mi Raan new collection of Afrokini Swinwear 2018 made by talented model and fashion designer Triskii . Our media photographed the launch of Raam Mi Raan Afrokini swimwear.
What an evening it turned out to be. This was a high energy, spectacular release of a stunning and colourful range of unique swimwear.
Congratulation to the organiser, their support team and the stunning models.
Bring It On Musical is parking bright, modern and it is thought through in details. Both boys and girls, the actors are dancing and sing professionally. I did not expect this but when the main character took the highest music note I had goosebumps running all over my body which I consider one of the best signs my body reacted to the sensational performance. A small group of the boys were performing acrobatic tricks , jumps and supports in all their complexity with really amazing approach: effortlessly. The story line of the musical is contemporary. It is witty and very interesting follow . The actors performing are invited from all over the world and they present so many nations. The group dancing was especially impressive. The costumes were also sensational and very colorful. The synchronicity of the actor's movements was done in perfection of the Olympic team: it was simply spectacular. I strongly recommend the show for the people aged 10 and up. It should be enjoyed by many! This show will easily be placed on the level on world most famous performances!
If I had three words only to describe the staged performance I would say: charismatic, bright and funny!
KIM MYHR CONCERT website review: Roslyn Reynolds (Roslyn Garwood-Webb)
Kim Myhr – Three Solos performance / Substation Newport 8th June 2018
Set in the amazing Substation Venue in Newport, Melbourne, amidst a background of delicate tinkling metal, crackling static and tweeting birds, appears Kim Myhr. He is Masked behind a veil of metal chimes, which become part of the psychedelic, trance like sound that unexpectedly collaborates with the continuous strumming pattern of the 12 String Guitar.
This was my first introduction to the hypnotic sound of Kim Myhr. For 60 minutes I was transported to another realm where synchronicity did not necessarily meet with harmony and the bass guitar felt out of place in the visual tranquil forest like setting. Although unusual, the ever shifting kaleidoscope of music, sounds and imagery left me feeling like I had been taken on a musical journey quite unlike any other.
Kim Myhr is very much out on his own with what he delivers, but this seems to work for the Norwegian artist as he is making quite a name for himself within the experimental music collective.
BULIMBA FASHION FESTIVAL 2018 website review and interview with Nadia Stamp : Svetlana Wilson photos: Svetlana Karr
SHORT REFERENCE ABOUT NADA STAMP Nadia currently works in Corporate Management and Events. Currently based out of Melbourne. Nadia studied a BA Cert Mktg majoring in Social Sciences. She obtained a prestigious scholarship for Classical Voice and the Adelaide Conservatorium in 1998. Nadia has a strong background in Fashion, Events and Fitness. Over the last 20 years she has taken on various roles across many genres. Nadia started modelling in 1999 and soon became a well respected deportment and photographic modelling coach for a number of Model Agencies in Adelaide. Nadia soon started producing fashion parade events and continues to produce the YP Field Day Fashion Parades biannually for Southern Cross Television in Yorke Peninsula SA. Nadia was originally based in Adelaide working across all forms of broadcast media. Nadia worked for 5 years with a local manufacturing company creating a subsidiary business supplying menu covers for restaurants and hotels around Australia. At this time she was the secretary for The Adelaide Chinese Chamber of Commerce. On the side she modelled in Adelaide and around Australia, also competing in Miss Universe Australia and was sashed Miss Congeniality. With an interest in Media, Nadia started working on the street team for ARN, Mix 102.3 and headed their promotions and street team for location crosses and events. Nadia started to present the online content for the station and commentated for various sporting events. She was scouted for the face of Rundle Mall, filming weekly online videos for the retails for indaily.com.au. Nadia has presented for various shows, and brands in tourism, motor vehicle and realestate sectors. She is a confident and engaging speaker. Nadia has experience Announcing, Co-hosting and Interviewing. Nadia has relevant skills in producing for Radio, TV and Fashion Parades. Nadia has been an MC and Ambassador for various brands and Charities. For further enquiries, please email: email@example.com or call 0402882482
And she was in reality show Married at the First Sign last year
SW: This year the 9th Annual Bulimba Fashion Festival and is set to be bigger and better than ever. What is your thoughts about the community events? NS: I think it’s so wonderful to see this event grow bigger and better every year. Founder, Shannon Harvey has a real talent for bringing the community together, showcasing the best fashion and raising funds for local QLD charities. Bulimba is a premium suburb and versatile offering in fashion and lifestyle making this fashion festival a fantastic community incentive.
SW Do you feel exciting to get back to stomping ground in Bulimba fashion festival? NS: I have modeled for boutiques in Bulimba over the years and have participated in property and local marketing videos showcasing the area. I have formed a real connection with the area and the community so it feels fantastic to be back hosting the Bulimba Fashion Festival.
SW: You have strong background in Fashion, Events and Fitness. You have been modelling across Australia. You have done a lot. What is the best and your favourite job you have done so far? NS: When I was at uni studying, I worked as a part-time model and eventually became a school girl grooming coach, I still look back on these times (we’re talking early to mid 2000’s) with fond memories. It felt good mentoring young girls and encouraging them to be the best version of themselves, I travelled to remote country towns with mission Australia and ran similar courses for under privileged kids. I was lucky to head to the National Finals for Miss Universe Australia 2005. That was a great year. I was lucky to professionally model into my early 30’s, this lead into working in Media. where I spent many years in Radio and Presenting. It has certainly been a colourful journey and lots of fun. The skills I have picked up over the years through this diversity has set me up with a very unique skill set, which I am thankful for. I have been lucky to work with and learn from some of the best creatives in the industry over the years.
SW. Did you you achieve your Big Dream? NS I am always creating a new dream. I never think, “it’s time to stop now”. Media, Fashion, Marketing and Events are continually evolving. In my current position in Melbourne, I am working on the other side of the camera and creatively producing media content. I could refer to this as my new dream. I still have my hand in fashion and commercial modelling and will be working on my next project in July based in QLD.
SW What is your next project? I am currently working on a series of creative videos featuring Australian Celebrities and Influencers for Australia’s Leading Cosmetic Dentist, Dr Dee from Vogue Dental Studios in Melbbourne. I will also be back in Brisbane July this year, modelling and creatively working with some lifestyle brands. Life is always colourful and busy- just how I like it.
review: Svetlana Kara
The Bulimba Fashion Festival took place at 21 of May in Bulimba area in Brisbane has run for nine years and has raised more than $20,000 for charities.
Organised by Place Agent Shannon Harvey, the Bulimba Fashion Festival features a three course lunch, fashion parade and prizes, with all funds raised to be donated to charity. Ms Harvey said the event was as much about showing off Bulimba as it was about celebrating the creative people who live there. “I’ve worked at Place for 15 years and have lived in Bulimba my whole life,” Ms Harvey said. “I have met so many people through my work and I thought connecting them was a great way to give back to the community and showcase the area. We’re thrilled to have Nadia hosting the event – her bubbly personality and a clear sense of style comes as an absolute bonus. Each year we choose a charity to be the recipient of the event’s fundraising – this year, we’re going green and supporting the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland. We’ll also go local, with funds being given to Bulimba State School.” Married at First Sight’s Nadia Stamp will be in Bulimba this Friday to host the ninth year of the Bulimba Fashion Festival.
More than 300 people has attended the event, which will feature fashion from Little Red Dress, Baiia, Glow Styling, Get Robed, Alexandra Ranken, Black Jacket Suiting and The White Owl Boutique. Young Queensland model, RSPCA supporter and ambassador Isabella Gray will also be in attendance.
What guests said about the event : Bulima Fashion Festival was an amazing event full of great community spirit! I joined in with all the beautiful people and enjoyed a great bulimba spot for an amazing cause. The fashion, the models, the food, the prizes, the drinks, the atmosphere was 10/10 !
It’s one of my favourite days of the year! Definitely a must for every Bulimba local. There’s always delicious food, plenty of drinks, lots of prizes and great fashion and the money goes to a great cause
TOP MODEL website review; Max Lyons photos:: Stuart Buchanan
Event: Top Model Worldwide Australia National Finals 2018.
Date: March 4th, 2018.
Venue: The Trust, Melbourne. Event Review: Top Model Worldwide Australia National Finals 2018 By Maxwell M. Lyons
On March 4th the Top Model Worldwide Australia National Finals 2018 were held at The Trust, Melbourne. A spacious venue with a quaint yet elegant rustic chic, The Trust seemed like the perfect location to hold what I can only imagine will be the first of many Top Model Worldwide Australia fashion events. This should come as no surprise though to those familiar with the work of fashion and modelling savant Deborah Miller, the mind behind it all. As if being National Director for Miss World Australia and Miss Tourism Australia wasn’t enough, Miller’s latest venture looks to launch the Australian-division of the prestigious Top Model Worldwide brand.
The event as a whole was sophisticated, well-executed, and highly enjoyable (if only terse). Latest little more than an hour, the show hit the ground running as it powered near seamlessly through numerous walks and costume changes from the stunning 27 model-hopefuls looking to win the national final and go on to represent Australia in the international finals at Top Model 2018, held early April at the Hilton London Metropole (UK) – an incredible opportunity for those looking to break into the industry and make a name for themselves.
Noteworthy appearances and roles were those of wellness expert Andi Lew as the vivacious and incredibly well-spoken MC helping to carry the show, and judges Esma Voloder (Miss World Australia 2017) and Harrison Craig (winner of The Voice Australia season 2) who had the extraordinarily challenging task of crowning the sole beauty to represent our great nation.
And the winner… *drumroll*… Hope Ellen. A massive congratulations from all of us here at Bohemian Rhapsody. We wish you nothing but success in London and your developing career beyond. And kudos to fellow runners-up: Maria (2nd), Harrison (3rd), Hannah, Ethan, and Connor.
Top Model Worldwide Australia will be returning bigger and better than ever in 2019, with nationwide shows planned for each state, the winners of which will compete in the national final (location TBA) once more for the chance to represent Australia at Top Model 2019.
Interviews with director Deborah Miller and winner Hope Ellen can be found on our website.
photo: Max Lyons
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PUFFS website review by Ben Newall photos: Glen Wilson
‘Puffs’ - Review Lions, Ravens, Snakes and Badgers what do all these animals have in common, they are the animals that represent the houses of the most famous school in literature history Hogwarts. For the point of this review we are going to focus on one in particular. The Badger the house of Hufflepuff of as the play states in the title, Puffs. Puffs, Written by Matt Cox and Directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker is a show currently performing for the first time in Australia, and has started in Melbourne. The show has been running for 3 years in New York of Broadway, just across the street from the likes of Jersey Boys and Legally Blond. Having picked up massive popularity over the years and “The Cursed Child” only months away from realise in Australia now was the perfect time to bring this funny, fun and at times sad story to Australian Shores. Puffs runs through the story that most people know of the 7 years at Hogwarts when Harry Potter was there, however we do not follow the story of Harry Potter, the Gryffindor Great. We follow the story of Wayne, The Hufflepuff wannabe hero. Wayne is an 11yr old kid who finds out he is a wizard and needs to attend Hogwarts. There he goes through the 7 years of adventure with familiar characters and faces. Such as Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley, Dumbledore, Cedric Diggory (Played by Rob Mills) and Voldemort. And new characters we meet along the way from the Hufflepuff house. With such a small cast and so many characters, many of the actors took on many roles throughout the performances, but pulled it off so well. Though at times you can find it a little hard to keep up with which actor is playing which character, however if you are simply willing to take it in fun, it is very good to watch. From the start of the play, Harry Potter fans will be laughing and crying and at times crying from laughing so much, from the jokes, the references and the pacing. There are jokes made that only true Harry Potter fans will get, there are characters you fall in love with and comedic timing you can’t help but admire. The entire time though, you see the audiences laughing and gasping together, and in those shocking moments where a twist may happen or a tear may be shed, the audience was united. Watching the play you could tell that the cast have bonded closely through the rehearsal period as the closeness was not just felt between the characters but a connection and respect between the actors that came across with every moments. And increased each actor’s performance on stage. If you are not a Harry Potter fan, you will probably miss a lot of the humour that has gone into this play and may require some explaining from whoever it is you have gone with who obviously does like Harry Potter. So though I think it is a very well written play, due to the fact of needing to know Harry Potter at least to a medium level I feel this will work to a disadvantage with some audience members. The acting for the most part was well done and very funny, though at points and with difference actors, there is a fine line between exaggerated acting and just being too much. You could tell obviously that they were required to over act at times to increase the humour which worked a lot of the time, at points however the over acting would just go too far and instead of funny it simply felt forced. The stand out for me though was the Narrator played by Gareth Isaac, who lead the audience on the journey of the 7years at Hogwarts, the characters, the ups and downs and also helped to try fill in the blanks and throughout chocolate after the Dementor attack. Over all it was a well written show, with many laughs and a few tears. The acting for the most part was strong and timing was very well done. The over acting I am going to chalk up to simply being excited for the opening night and the fact of being able to be a part of the Harry Potter universe now. Through all that it is unfortunate the downside of how much you will miss out on if you do not know Harry Potter well enough. But no matter what house you belong to, what colours you wear or what traits you possess, if you are Brave like a lion, Cunning like a Snake, Smart like a Raven or simply everything else like a Badger. You will find a place in the House of Hufflepuff, and when you see the show you will walk out being proud to call yourself a Puff.
review by Casey Long
‘Puffs’ the Play – Review by Casey Long ‘Puffs’ (written by Matt Cox and directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker) is the story of the forgotten student of Hogwarts. It follows the same linear pattern as the seven Harry Potter books but from the point of view of an outsider, Wayne, who has recently discovered he is a wizard, and is whisked off to magic school much like another famous wizard, who is in his year. As we follow his journey through to his seventh year at school, we discover what it is to be a Puff and why they are important. Wayne isn’t a hero, or a chosen one, but he makes the choice to try and be different, to stand out, which amongst his friends is what they liked most about him. The show is delivered as a comedy, pulling jokes from the knowledge the audience had of Harry Potter books and movies, as well as jokes that can be more universally enjoyable. But don’t be fooled, sad moments arise when you least expect them. I found myself laughing at many jokes that would turn serious and then I would stop and be immersed in that moment before the next joke hit me. From the get go, the audience is with the characters the whole time. They don’t question why something was done a certain way, they take the information performed to them and they follow it. A lot of time, the audience responsed to a moment, which made it all the more powerful. When it was funny, and everyone was laughing, the laughter would last longer. When it was serious, there was no sound out of the audience, all eyes on the stage. This was easy to do because the actors were so committed to their roles that as an audience you enjoy watching them make fun on stage and engaging with them. So many characters were played by just over a dozen actors, each characterising them with exaggerated traits and a genuine emotion. Eva Seymour, played Megan, an angry misfit kid fighting her identity. She was portrayed with a witty, childish attitude and a scared undertone of a lost little girl. Daniel Cosgrove (played J. Finch) was both comical and humble, often having jokes at Finch’s expense or having the audience feel bad for the character. He was able to get back at some of those jokes in his second role as an intensely bad sports coach. Tammy Weller (who played Leanne) was bursting with energy and laughter. With a great big smile and a puffy skirt, she charmed her way into being a very lovable character, with the audience rooting for her the whole time. Gareth Isaac (the narrator) guided the story along in a witty and cheeky manner. Often grabbing the audience’s attention in high stakes moments to pause for a joke. He made the story flow well, giving the audience the capacity to care for him throughout the play and develop a character/audience bond. As an audience we trusted his to keep us involved, which he did with an engaging and zestful persona. All of the actors had a great on-stage chemistry which made it more enjoyable to view. As an audience, watching the actors ‘play’ and make fun was very inviting and gives us a sense of their fantastic rapport both on and off the stage. The play was well written and crafted. It was paced wonderfully, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. It’s funny and relatable while still being a light-hearted watch. Both Matt Cox, Kristin McCarthy Parker and the rest of the creative team should be proud of what they have turned this play into. The Sets (done by Madeleine Bundy) were creative and confusing in the best way possible having so many entrances and exit points for actors to fly through. The props were lively, bring fear to the audience when we first see a dementor or many of the other mystical monsters of the show. And the costumes were great! From the use of fragmentary costumes such as Bippy, the house elf and Harry’s glasses, to the individual costumes of the students giving each of them a bigger personality, bringing this magic world to life. The most enthralling element for me was the score. Even before the show starts, the boppy Puff theme song prepares you for a night of laughs. Whether you are a Puff, a Smart, a Snake or a Brave (or you don’t know what I mean by that), you will enjoy this show. Die-hard fans enjoy the banter of the Harry Potter story they know while the Harry Potter oblivious ears catch all the other jokes. I recommend this play to those who want to enjoy a genuine laugh in the company of total strangers. That’s the power the theatre can have. This play has that power. And don’t worry, even if you aren’t a Puff you will feel a little like one by the end of the show. There’s a little Puff in all of us!
MISS WORLD WA STATE FINALS 2018 website review and photos: Manish Bolla
small brief for WA Finals 2018 Miss World Australia Date : 13th May 2018 Venue : Pan Pacific Hotel 2018 Miss World Australia WA Finals Media : MKcreativeimagery for BRC Magazine. A day as 13th May 2018 Mother's day cannot be more perfect to empower women for this prestigious event. Set on the beautiful ball room of Pan Pacific Hotel. The event started with array of handpicked canapé and High tea. Guests meet and greet with participants and judges. A total of 24 participants participated and showcased their talent on the runway with some spectacular dresses from some very talented local designers followed by spontaneous question and answers as part of selection process. As a media point of view all I can say is beauty with purpose. Judges were initially to select top 3 from WA region however after detailed discussion and review they finalised on overall 4 finalists to represent this beautiful state at national level. I was amazed to see such talent young women ready to change the world one step at a time. Miss World Australia raised the bar and certainly this platform transform changes lives for many. MC: Venine Bindczus Judging panel Deborah Miller – National Director Miss World Australia Tracey Jewel – Married at First Sight 2018 Andrew Jones – Married at First Sight 2017 Blake Colman – Bachelor in Paradise 2018, Bachelorette 2017 Dr Spiro Agapitos – Dental Excellence in association with Pola SD
WA National Finalists Georgia Dewstow-Smith Helena Sauzier Emma Trezise Jenayah Elliott
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