WONDERLAND THEATER: ALADDIN NEW website review: Olga Kirk
Our favorite Wonderland Theatre presents the well-known story of Aladdin.
We were happy to join the adventurous cute boy on his quest (played by 16 years old artist) to find fortune and outsmarted the wizard. Featuring a magic cave of spectacular surprises and a lamp-full of laughter, this genie-ous production is the perfect whole family fun. Aladdin needed all the help he could get from the children to rescue the beautiful Princess Yasmin and had an adventure.
Stunning costumes, great humor, talented singing and acting, famous stories with nowadays hints are making this Theatre distinguished for both younger and older audience.
Thank you for this every school holidays events to the Wonderland Theatre producers and actors!
Kids are waiting and so excited to meet Show White next time!
GREATEST MAGIC SHOW NEW website review: Olga Kirk
FAMILY FUN AT THE GREATEST MAGIC SHOW
Melbourne-based comics and magicians Justin and Sam used their combined experience of 15 years in kids’ entertainment to make all the children laugh and believe in their miracle.
Every single child was given a magic wand when they entered to make them feel like magicians and be part of the show. The children were especially thrilled with the “flying table” illusion and the breathtaking finale of the performance. Some of the kids were lucky to perform and feet like a star on stage.
All the kids were able to get their photos with the performers after the show and had the option to buy a bag of magic and practice tricks at home.
Thanks to the masters of entertainment for the magical experience.
DUST NEW website review by Amit Singh edited by Natasha Marchev
I was lucky enough to attend Dust production at Alexander Theatre Monash .
It is a beautiful art work with modern dance that teases our senses with rather clumsy visual and at the same time surrenders under the common cliches.
When we are born into this reality we live the projection and under the guidance of those who bring us to this life and all those who antecede us as their seeds. Historically humans were always interested in the interaction netween space and physical body - in reality the materialisation of one into the other. The contemporary dance gives the artists this niche to reflect again and again on this refreshing collaboration giving us the open window to test different ideas and conceptual solutions in expressing this union.
Dust is created by Dancenorth’s artistic director Kyle Page and associate artistic director Amber Haines. The production features live violin by Canada’s Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt Zion) and an architecturally-designed set by the award-winning Liminal Studio.
This performance has a superb formation in understanding the architecture. Such unusual combination allows the actors to perform in a rather inspired state.
Dancenorth is a relatively small company located and established in far-north Queensland. I should admit that they have a grand vision and concept of timing too where they can be compared with quite bigger dance companies. I believe Dancenorth has managed to create quite a buzz across assorted viewers and audiences as well as dance experts and choreographers.
I was also impressed by the light extraordinary solutions on stage as well as the exceptional physical appearance and charisma of the dancers. The mix of hip hop-style was breathtaking combined with the launches and landings in very smooth elegant fashion.
I can only imagine all preparations and hard work the performers undertook to be in such a fit form.
The coordination of the technicians and the performers was also very impressive.
Above all I had an extraordinary experience to say the least and just wondering where the group will be leading next.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW website photography: Erkin Kalayci and Tugba Caglayan review: Jeanette Russell
Thank you for the opportunity to review this amazing show. It was an eyecatching, beautiful array of many facets of garden and flower inspirations.
The Landscape design show gardens were without a doubt spectacular this year. One very popular one was " The loggia " garden which incorporated planting from Australia as well as the Mediterranean. "Journey"was a touching garden being an exploration of mental health which Beyond Blue had a hand in. "The other side" was another garden to visit, and all the above amazing display Show gardens won awards. Stunning and creative were the boutique gardens this year. Ingenious designs were really something to see. The inclusions of water, plantlife, scrubs, trees, and so many diverse materials made for a haven of arrangements for garden lovers to view.
Fascinating was the area called Green Connections, which included a bamboo forest, a water generating bikes and a cave like bamboo space. Children seemed to particularly gravitate to this area.
There was the great hall of flowers an indoor collection of exhibits which showed us vibrant colour in gorgeous plant life. The visual displays were really worth seeing. Inside the exhibition building was also a very diverse and interesting display of art pertaining to garden and flower settings. In various mediums the pieces were beautiful and engaging. Attention to detail and much talent was hung on the various art society panels.
The parody for a 7 book world favorite classic. The 75 minute parody show performed by two actors arrives to Sydney straight from UK. Throughout the last 22 years Harry Potter saga has been in the center of attention and a huge source of income for numerous people. The author J. K. Rowling has received countless international awards.
Several generations have grown up with the fascination of the star protagonists and hatred towards the antagonists appearing in the books. As such logically it made sense create and revisit the whole story within a quick recap comedy show in preparation to the next arch in the magical universe. The appearance of the 75-minute show came at a perfect time when the memory of the first books is still lingering in memory and the excitement over the next adventure in the same universe is building up.
With such a short timeframe the writers Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner had to squeeze a legend told in 1,084,170 words into a short story enjoyable by hardcore potter fans, young kids and contemporary audiences. The task seemed hard especially for the actors having to act unorthodox and act so much different to how the fictional characters acted in the books and films. Sometimes the audience laughed out loud, sometimes everyone was excited playing quidditch with a plastic ball in the hall sometimes the young kids were angry at the pseudo heroes on stage.
The show was a certain success, everyone walking out had a smile on his or her face. Overall it would be a recommended show to watch by a family where each member would leave with countless jokes learned from the play.
As it seems that all avenues and options were already tried and used in various forms of arts, a unique talent, however, is still capable to establish the new form of the art – the moving sculptures!
That artist was Alexander Calder, as they called hem, “a radical inventor”, and his works impressed me with their lightness and fluidity. They are serious and playful at the same time, allowing your imagination to soar.
Another side of Alexander Calder’s amazing talent is a huge variety of genres. From interior decorations, to book illustrations, to paintings, to other 3D paintings, to exquisite figurines, like Don Quixote. Then very multi-meaningful stuff followed like the scissors, tied up for no use, a huge heart-shaped spoon, a comb, obviously designed for a lady with the hair as long as mythical Lorelei’s hair was. A variety of materials, plastic, paper, lots of metal and various cords!
The exhibition is rather large, taking you from one hall or room to another but everywhere you see a lot of elegant constructions, hanging in the air and producing totally different impressions depending on the angle from which you are looking at them. They would be so great if a breeze comes and make then quiver…
Alexander Calder (1989 – 1976) lived and worked in America. . His lifetime had covered that significant periods when the art forms were subjected to radical changes, moving from classicism, then impressionism and right through to Art Nouveau, abstractionism, cubism and a few more various ‘isms’. Of course all of it put its influence towards his creativity.
It actually was a fantastic time for modern artist, liberated from many dogmas and felt free to experience new forms of self-expression. Alexander was lucky to live and create his works for a while in Paris, ‘a ‘Mecca’ of creativity, freedom and challenges. In 1920s he found himself to learn, socialise and being accepted in artistic avant-garde circles. An attentive and educated visitor would be able to see the influence of his “French” period, especially upon his paintings.
Visitors of the Exhibition will enjoy this collection as a rare treat to their love of Art. That is the one event that not to be missed by the connoisseurs of beauty and creativity.
ALEXANDER CALDER: RADICAL INVENTOR exhibition will be open in Melbourne, at the NGV International, from 5 April to 4 August 2019.
video: Natasha Lukin and Olga Kirk
photography: Erkin Kalayci
A-LIST COMEDY SAMPLER website review by Marina Sklyar
What a great way to start the week by going to the comedy night.
A perfect venue, with comfortable seats, just the right lighting and sound. This historical venue has seen it all, but this…
The show was like the best dessert ever, no guilt for calories, the show had ticked all the right spots.
There were 12 unbelievably funny comedy artists, some of them are well known to all and some who are starting out, they all had laughed off about their personal lives and the situations they have been at . Each one of us in the audience could relate to this jokes in our real life, because we all have been there and done that.
The audience had a crash course on how to read sex signs, how to bring up children in Australia, they touched on USA politics, religion, drugs, indigenous people, even Health community announcement for men.
The audience had blown the time of the show with its laughter,
People were crying with laughter, the best, of the best were on the stage. Australian humour have stepped to a new error with a twist. If there is anybody who has not yet bought the tickets, they are missing out!!!
I can’t even single out one or two favourite comedy artist, they were all equally funny .
DANCE MASSIVE: Memoir for Rivers and The Dictator website review by Stuart Buchanan
Review: Memoir for Rivers and the Dictator
As a complete philistine when it comes to dance (and writing reviews), this review will attempt to encourage you to find a performance of this piece so that you can attend yourself.
Lilian Steiner and Reuben Lewis were both unknown to me. Lilian is Melbourne based, but has performed in many places around the world. She says that "her practice utilises the inherent intelligence of the active body as the primary tool for creating wholly encompassing visual, sonic and kinaesthetic experiences". Her awards include Melbourne's peer-presented Green Room 2018 Dance award - Female Performer for her year's work. Reuben on trumpet is originally from Berlin. He is well known as a performer, composer and band leader and is involved in new jazz, free improv and avant multidisciplinary communities in Australia.
This World Premiere piece was performed at the Substation in Newport. The audience were placed on seating that was angled up from the floor, whist the performance took place at floor level. The stage itself was covered in a shiny white surface and the backdrop also had a reflective quality that was continually transformed wonderfully with great lighting. The dancing itself was masterful in its control. The performance was a wonderful sensory experience. As a beginner reviewer, I attempted to take notes about the performance, but was so transfixed by it, that any notes I had were unusable. The intensity of colour, light, reflection and pure dance performance was exciting and is highly recommended. The body and limb control that Lilian Steiner was able to display throughout the performance was masterful.
As I said at the start of this review, find a performance and get there. You will not be disappointed.
MISS WORLD PRELIMINARY RUNS AND STATE FINAL website photography: Neil Chand (top set), Ivan Lubkov (bottom set) review: Ivan Lubkov
Miss World Australia Preliminary finals NSW 2019 The year 2019 has come back with more events with even better contestants. The event was hosted for two days across a range of venues in Sydney Circular Quay and Chatswood Chase. As the number of fascinating participants has increased the right to be a winner in the pageant has increased to 12. The last part of the 2-day pageant was held in in Sir Stamford Circular Quay which is just 3-minute walk from Sydney Opera house. The diversity of the contestants was very wide with participants from all around the world. Similarly, to previous years there were 3 phases of each event where the charmingly looking young women had a chance to compete in the amount of charity and socially meaningful achievements. As the main moto of Miss World is “beauty with a purpose” each beautiful young woman is given a chance to show that beauty is not only something visible on the outside but something that is visible by actions. The year 2019 adhered to the principle of bringing out and showing by example the values and the purpose of being beautiful. The event would be appreciated by everyone interested in shows with a lot of discussions of charity for elderly, people in need, animals and contributions to sport and art education.
THE ULTIMATE VEGAS SHOW website review and photos: Alexander O Montgomery
"The Ultimate Vegas show" - Truly one of the world's best and a must see show before you die! Many of us do not have the luxury of time or money to travel up to Las Vegas, Nevada in the USA, to experience all of the glitz and glamour that Las Vegas brings.
So lucky for us, we now have "The Ultimate Vegas show" which will transport you into some of Las Vegas's top venues featuring top performances, right here in the heart of Australia!
"The Ultimate Vegas show" is a cumulation of incredible acts all brought together, syncronised beautifully and packaged into one huge brilliant production.
I arrived at "The Palms at Crown" on the third level of the Crown casino and was astounded to find myself present amongst the full and multi-layered house of approximately eight hundred audiences all there, all dressed up and ready to have a rolling good time.
Commencing at 7.30pm, the show opened with the showgirls and showboys from Las Vegas gyrating to upbeat music tracks in their most dazzling of dazzling costumes! Full of high energy and with sheer gusto, the flamingo girls and boys brought the entire house down whenever they appeared, with their colourful, rich and copious outfits gyrating and covering Salsa, Showgirl, Ballroom, Ballet, Rock and Roll and to Rio!
Dean Martin and his sidekick Jerry Lewis, were also brought back to life as the impersonators played hosts for the night. Their comedic banter was on point as I found myself cracking up and breaking into laughter whenever they both took the stage. Dean also did what he does best, which was to serenade us with his old Hollywood charm, effortless charisma and smooth vocals as he belted out hits after hits from the 60's and 70's.
And as if the night could not get any more fantastic, my favourite Illusionist Michael Boyd appeared and performed his magic on stage! Now, we all know that there are Magicians and Illusionists out there, but then, there is the incredible and international Illusionist sensation extraordinaire, Michael Boyd!!
So handsome, skillfully charasmatic and with his spectacular showmanship, Michael's performance truly takes magic to a whole new level!!
I have watched Michael with amazement and adulation on the television blockbuster series "Australia's got talent" but it was totally different tonight as Michael showcased his craft live! Stunning the entire auditorium present was his disappearing and reappearing act right before our very eyes, this Master
Illusionist also read into the future, "sliced" his sexy and leggy assistant without wounding her while the special props and effects on stage blew my mind away!
Elvis Presley also made an appearance much to the delight of his fans. Crooning his evergreen hits such as "The wonder of you" and "Jailhouse rock", a member of the audience actually raced towards the front of the stage and begged for a kiss from this King of rock and roll much to the amusement and laughter from most of us present.
After ninety minutes of heartstopping, breathtaking and sheer incredible entertainment, the curtains drew to a close - much to my dismay for I wish it never ended!
I was however delighted to learn after, that this show will be showcasing at the Crown theatre in Perth this May 11 at 8pm!! Now, this gives me the perfect reason to fly into Perth to catch this show all over again!!
The "The Ultimate Vegas show" is truly one of the world's best and is a must see show before you die. As such, I rate this show a solid full 10 out of 10 stars!!
Review by Alexander O. Montgomery Media Journalist for The Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine
DANCE MASSIVE: RECITAL website review by Marina Skliar
The new and modern dance production took place at the Newport Recital Centre. The performance which consisted of a double acts was very unusual and very strange o my taste. The stage of THE SUBSTATION and the set up itself were perfect for the talented duo to express their thoughts though the movements.
The audience was greeted by the dancers in a meditating way, when they started replicating the clock hands moves using the mathematical metaphor that was followed by step- walks in various fashion. I found it very engaging, distinctive and unique.
The audience was then given a preview to orgiastic scene between a man and a woman when we experienced an imitation of a battle between the sexes, between birds and between humans. The creatures seemed trapped and falling, they fought an invisible something and between each other and they made up finally. The scenes were magical indeed.
The play was designed for a specific audience: it seemed rather simple and straight forward but at the same time it had a lot of double meanings behind the simple appearance. I found interpretation of some common situations were quite different from what use to see on stage.
I must honestly admit that the conversation after the play with the art director and the actors helped me to understand what the creative group wanted to achieve and what message they were sending to the audience.
I left the Recital, confused, disturbed and puzzled and full of new visions like touching a different Universe with its own incredible and interesting life. Biggest thank you to Gideon Obarzanek, Richard Cilli & Claire Edwardes for their talent.
SILVER'S CIRCUS ALTONA website review and photos: Nupur Bothra Sethia
Circus is not just fun and entertaining to watch and experience for kids and adults, it’s a great source of knowledge and inspiration and motivation for our kids and us to witness some of the most fabulous acts performed by the most talented circus artists risking their lives
Silver's Circus is phenomenal when it comes to diversity of acts and staging they came up with.
The highlight of the show are 1. Dinosaur pre-show exhibition - they felt so real - it was blood stopping! 2. 4 Motor bikes in a big round ball- this was breathtaking - takes so much courage to perform! 3. Gymnasts and balancing- are absolute precision and calculation you will not believe it is real! 4. Various forms of juggling and of course ...the work that went behind the scenes to ensure everything is timely and the artists are well supported
Thank you Silvers Circus for bringing such an incredible experience for the community
If you haven’t been there yet I trust this is the last week in Altona and then they move to 4 more weeks in Geelong.
Do not miss it!
A big thanks to Natasha and Silvers Circus team for giving us a family pass . Special thanks for Darsh Sethia , Nupur Sethia and Reeyanaa Sethia .
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SIBELIUS AND ELGAR website review by Lucas De Jong photography: Rada Tochalna
Sibelius and Elgar - Zelman concert 16 March 2019
REVIEW I have been to several Zelman concerts as well as being a singer on stage in the chorus for the impressive ‘Babi Yar’ Shostokovitch concert in Hamer Hall in September 2017. This concert, featuring beautiful works by Felix Mendelssohn, Jean Sibelius and Edward Elgar and featuring virtuoso violin soloist Ji Won Kim, was the second time I had witnessed Rick Prakhoff conducting Zelman, the first being the concert featuring Strauss’ ‘Four Last Songs’ with soloist Miriam Gordon-Stewart. Prakhoff has been with Zelman for 12 months and seems very comfortable and confident now with his role. The impressive strength of the brass section was evident from the opening C minor chords of the ‘Ruy Blas’ overture by Mendelssohn, creating an intense atmosphere. I felt confident that we would be witness to an impressive concert. The string players kept their fingers lively as Prakhoff kept steady control and command throughout the demanding and pacey score. This work requires an excellent sense of timing and rhythm from the orchestra and these musicians are all up to the task as you can expect from the Zelman. The playing was tight and very exciting throughout with a big finish.
The impressive timing and atmospheric playing continued as the Sibelius violin concerto commenced. The opening bars with tremolos from the strings was chilling. Soloist Ji Won Kim has appeared twice before with Zelman, in 2013 and 2014, and has been playing this work since she performed it in 2009 for the ABC Young Performers Award, which she won. She considers this work her best piece to perform. Her ability to handle the complex and highly demanding technical challenges of this work showed from the very first bars. The sonorous low notes followed by leaps to high harmonics at speed were already gripping. Fully aware of the difficulties for the conductor,
Prakhoff remained totally attentive to the timing with attention focussed firmly on the soloist. The orchestra gave a sensitive delivery as the score demands, with many layers weaving their way in and out, as the voices of woodwind, strings and brass came and went, all punctuated by impressive playing by timpanist Kathryn Thomas. All section principals deserve comment with convincing solos from Rosia Pasteur (viola), Adrian Binkert (cello), Jo Spencer (horn), Gary Kirby (clarinet), Allison Pollard (bassoon), Carol Galea (flute), and Yi-Ling Ng (oboe). All of this was kept together under the watchful eye of orchestral concertmaster Susan Pierotti. As the first movement unfolded the technical skill and wizardry displayed by Kim cast its spell on the audience. The extended cadenza in the development section, written by Sibelius, is known for its extraordinary technical demands, such as playing two melodies at once and extremely difficult bowing as well as having a lighting ability on the fingerboard. All this was handled extremely impressively by Kim, playing at speed and with great command. Her expressive line and ability get the violin speaking to us in almost desperation at times was extraordinary.
In the second movement, which opens with melodies in the very securely played clarinets, oboes and flutes, and very balanced horn section, Kim delivered a sonorous melody in the low register while the cellos and basses played a gentle pizzicato. Following this the trombone droned its pedal point as the orchestra built to a tense crescendo. The temperature rose as the soloist played a jerky melody over sustained low strings. As the atmosphere changed the tempo changes were handled really tastefully by Prakoff. The final moments of tremolo in the orchestra and the final high harmonic from Kim were almost untouchable and had me holding my breath. Then it was time for the third movement, with which I was most familiar and is known amongst violinists for its formidable and
difficult technical demands. Kim’s fingers once again passed along the strings like lightning keeping well to the syncopation while the orchestra kept accurate tempo. This duality between orchestra and soloist could be seen as indicative of Sibelius’ own struggle to be a violin virtuoso himself. The brilliant display of violin gymnastics including double stopping, rapid string- crossing and extended melody on harmonics was spooky and most surprising, all executed by Kim with panache. It had me on the edge of my seat. Prakoff perfectly executed a swift ending which came with a cheer from the audience who had been held mesmerised by the impressive display from both soloist and orchestra.
After interval, where people were seen milling around the glowing presence of Ji Won Kim holding both her violin and her 11-month-old baby, it was time for the Enigma variations by Edward Elgar. The opening (C.A.E) is gentle and beautiful, introducing a warm and welcoming theme. This and the second variation (H.D.S.P) showed how accomplished the musicians are in all sections of the Zelman, but notably at this point the woodwind section. Things quicken and become most demanding in the third variation (R.B.T), where the rhythms were tight and clean. The fourth variation (W.M.B) was suitably boisterous and showed off the oboes well. Variation five (R.P.A) highlighted the sonorous and leisurely violas. Variation six (Ysobel) showed off the viola soloist abilities of Rosia Pasteur once again.
Variation seven (Troyte) showed once again the abilities of timpanist Kathryn Thomas and the confidence of the tuba and trombone players in another boisterous mood. Number eight (W.N.) displayed wonderful solos from oboe, flute, piccolo and viola alongside sonorous strings. Next came the glorious ‘Nimrod’ which is variation nine. Slowly this rose like the sun in a long crescendo to a touching oboe solo, after which the strings transported me, leading to a moving brass climax. There is so much heart and soul in the
string melody of this movement that it is little wonder it has become so famous and everybody’s favourite. In variation ten (Intermezzo: Dorabella) the orchestral woodwinds danced with delight while the viola gave a beautiful solo. Variation eleven (G.R.S.) goes at a lightning pace and is over in just 1 minute. This was tight with great timing and accurate playing from all sections.
The luscious variation twelve (B.G.N) features a beautiful cello solo followed by the whole cello section. This was played with wonderful sensitivity. It was followed without pause into variation thirteen (Romanza ***), featuring a clarinet solo invoking a mysterious atmosphere. The orchestra livened up for the broader and grand music of variation fourteen (E.D.U.) the finale, bringing together many of the themes of the work and providing a grand climax with a strong concussion. In the final applause Prakhoff singled out the soloists and the sections for their well deserved applause. Another triumph for the Zelman.
ART PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION NEW review by Jeanette Russell
Marnie Haddad is an amazing photographic Artist. Her latest work displayed at Graham Geddes salon is well worth a look. Her breathtaking pictures are hung between various art pieces, and antique furnishings which I found very engaging. She has created this series of photos from her passion for the film classics. In this latest collection called " The estate " beautiful colours lighting and the imaginative undertones of the cinema movie world can be viewed. Marnie has stated that she has been " mesmerized by a flickering theatre scene where ordinary objects take on deeper meanings " She also wants to portray " a time that stands still. " One of her initiatives is to keep alive in people a sense of imagination and make believe that exists in their minds. Marnie Haddad has over 15 years of experience as a photographer and studied photography, and obtained a degree from UCLA, In the US. She has also studied in Melbourne and received a diploma in Illustrative photography. Over the time she has had her spreads featured in magazines which include Rolling Stones, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Cleo, and the Australian Woman's weekly just to name a few. Some of celebrity names she has photographed are The Olsen twins, and our own Hugh Sheridan, Rebecca Judd, Kate Ceberano, Kristy Hinze and Rose Byrne. This multi talented lady has also set up " The Marnie Haddad Mentor Award " where the recipient is supported to work with clients, and she hopes that the gap between student photographers and professional photographers will be bridged. I appreciate the opportunity to view this phenomenal and lavish collection. Her website shows these works and others of her ingenious photographic work. http://marniehaddad.com
THE MELBOURNE MUSICIANS MOZART PROJECT WITH ELYANE LAUSSADE website review by Sylvester Kroyherr photography: Rachel Sandey and Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE MELBOURNE MUSICIANS (45thConcert Season) given at: James Tatoulis Auditorium, ‘MLC’ Barkers Road Kew on 15 March, 2019, titled ‘The Mozart Project’. Artistic Director: Frank U. Pam. Soloist: Elyane Laussade, piano. With its Australian premiere performance, the bubbly Raccolta de Menuetti Ballabili by Joseph Haydn filled the air. The collection of 14 short dances in various keys were beautifully executed by the orchestra, ranging from stately richness to even some echoes from Haydn’s ‘Clock Symphony’. Notable highlights came from the strings and woodwind in the 4th dance with well balanced harmonies and sweet gentleness. Additionally, the variety of moods and tempos of the dances (most under one minute) was handled with great energy and cohesion by the orchestra and guided expertly by Frank Pam. With a rich duo from the French horns, the fusion of the dances was well received by the audience. The acoustically well balanced Auditorium was buzzing with excitement to welcome the talented Elyane Laussade, dressed in a beautiful hand crafted red and black dress with inspirations from the 18th century (Mozart would have loved the presentation). Apparently, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.17 in G major, K.453 was also the favourite of Leonard Bernstein. With the first movement (Allegro), Elyane made a fine start with great quality and sensitive playing, utilizing her very nimble fingers and eventually highlighting a sparkling and crisp cadenza - much to the delight of the audience. The skilfully crafted and haunting second movement (Andante), carried beautifully in the auditorium displaying a delightful well measured and balanced tone from the piano. Along with some colourful woodwind passages and smooth string segments, the audience looked on in delight as Elyane displayed superb technique, spotlighting another crisp and delicious cadenza. The pleasurable 3rd movement (Allegretto) followed – seriously spirited, vivacious and playful. The flurry of runs from the piano was amazing and full of passion – dazzling technique once again! Reaction from the excited audience was strong and very warm. Interval then followed. The second half of the concert followed with Sinfonia in D 1791 (premiere performance) by Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf (virtuoso violinist and prolific composer). With similarities to Haydn, the bouncy and fresh first movement was meticulously harmonious; especially by the strings, while the Andantino, though short and sweet, showed sweet unity. Sections of the Menuetto were beautifully presented, especially the solo passages from the leader Irina Grigoryan. A delightful symphony performed in grand style after over 200 years! Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 in G minor, La Poule (The Hen) was the concluding work. With a full bodied and powerful start, the delicate but rich interplay from the strings was a sheer delight, while the overall sound balance was simply superb. The short Andante was sweet and gentle, followed by the gracefully flowing Menuet, satisfying the audience further. Finally, the full bodied Vivace showed great drive and tonality to provide a superb ending to the concert. Congratulations to Frank Pam, the Orchestra and Elyane Laussade for a delightfully stimulating, energetic and musically top class concert. We look forward to future events in 2019 and beyond. SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Musician - Bohemian Rhapsody Club). 21.3. 2019.
Melbourne is very fortunate to have the not-for-profit theatre, 45downstairs. It's a creative hub for modern experimental performances, as well as 'art for social change' platform. 'World problems' is a great example of an innovative and thought-provoking production, produced, written and performed by Emma Mary Hall.
Emma is completely organic as a storyteller as she recollects past memories. She lulls the audience with the story's relatable flow but there is an unexpected turn, where it is no longer recognisable or mundane. This is done in the best science-fiction manner: the cautionary tale told from the point of view of the ordinary observer.
Despite that the Melbourne session of world problems was awarded 2019 Melbourne Arts Grant Program, the show is made on a tight budget. However, this doesn't lessen the visual impact. Inadvertently, it follows the idea of recycling and reusing, creatively utilising staging props.
Sensory provoking lighting and sound are big parts of the performance, keeping the audience engaged all the time. Low sound vibrations help to create an atmosphere of emotional tension, waiting for a release before changing into a melancholy melody.
This show fully connects with the audience. Anyone who witnessed it will be asking themselves numerous questions. What was I doing at the time of these major world events? Did I notice them as life changing? Do I like this disturbing but believable future that is so vividly painted here? Do I want this for myself or my kids? What can we do? What can I do?
Like all good art this performance doesn't preach and doesn't readily provide answers - everyone needs to find the answers within themselves.
AIR SHOW 2019 website review: Tugba Caglayan photos: Erkin Kalayci
The Australian International Airshow, also called the Avalon Airshow 2019, was held between February 26th and March 3rd. I had the chance to participate in the event this year for the first time. Although I assumed it would be huge and interesting, it entirely exceeded my expectations. The event was way more successful and fulfilling than any other air shows I had participated so far in terms of aviation, shows, and exhibitions.
This was an organization that skilfully brought together various parties including local air transportation services as well as global industry giants such as Boing and Airbus. It proved to be a unique platform for knowledge sharing from both military and civil aviation ends.
It provided the participants with the options to share technical knowledge and form business partnerships, as well as exhibitions that had the potential to intrigue hobbyists at all levels. I can attest it was an event to help young people love aviation and develop a new vision full of new possibilities and capabilities.
The show that was pulled off had a very smooth flow, making it easy and delightful for the audience to watch, by putting together several air stunts and formation shows along with informative presentations both on the ground and up in the air. Nevertheless, I must mention that the show depicting the 2nd World War dogfight, performed by the trio of Juka, Yak 50 x2, supported with the elements of fire, smoke, and sound effects, was my all-time favourite among all the other performances.
On the other hand, the act by Johan Gustafsson, where he was flying with the Glider Aerobatics and Pyrotechnics, was an extraordinary show, just like a gliding ballet performance that was a joy to the eyes and the ears.
Despite the high temperature and the distance of 1-hour drive to the Avalon, the event attracted high volumes of participation. Regardless of what the circumstances will look like, I am already looking forward to participating in the event next year, the Avalon 2020.
WINE AND CHEESE FESTIVAL 2019 website review: Anthony Wayne
The Wine and Cheese Fest returns this year as part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. A truly indulgent experience that will satisfy the cravings of Melbourne’s dedicated foodies. The event takes place at the Seaworks Williamstown – with a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces being utilized. Kicking off from 11am, I arrived with my friend fairly early and bet most of the crowds. On arrival we were given our souvenir wine glasses (that you can keep) – and took around with us as we perused the wide range of exhibitors. There was a diverse selection of over 50 fine wine, cheese and artisan food exhibitors on offer. We found each exhibitor to be very approachable and friendly, they were all happy to offer us tastings and talk us through their product. The tastings were all included in the ticket price – and for those who enjoyed their tastings (and who wouldn’t!) – there was wine and cheese available for you to purchase and take home with you. I purchased a beautiful strawberry prosecco – and to save me carrying it around they offered to hold on to it for me until I was ready to leave. Heading outside, there were many food stands where you could grab something more substantial for lunch, with a great range of options including wood fired pizzas and Greek souvlakis. There were plenty of tables with shade available to sit and enjoy lunch, all while admiring the stunning backdrop of the Williamstown foreshore. Luckily for us we were blessed with amazing weather on the day we visited. As the afternoon progressed and the crowds increased, the wait for tastings was fractionally longer however as we were having a great time and in good spirits, the wait was barely noticeable. There were also a variety of master classes, live music and DJs performing throughout the day. The DJ was excellent and knew how to get the crowd going! The Wine and Cheese Fest definitely did not disappoint – a feast for the senses and we had a great day out.
photos: This Huyng
video: Anthony Wayne
SELBY AND FRIENDS TOUR 1:ROOT POSITION wesbite review and photos: Natasha Lukin
Sometimes it could catch you by surprise when you go to the concert, pretty sure knowing what to expect and then – it is suddenly a different experience. Reading the program with the names of composers such as Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Smetana you would think you knew what kind of music would indulge your musical ears. They are too well known and too familiar for the music connoisseurs.
However, Kathryn Selby and friends presented them from different perspective, making an emphasis on, what they call - ‘root position’.
Kathryn Selby opened the concert with an explanation of the idea of ‘root position’ and how her and friends’ choices were made. They decided on the works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Smetana to be played, based on the keys outlining a basic musical chord in root position. In those cases the chords outlined were E flat, C and G. And those works were as follows: Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Trio in E flat major. Felix Mendelssohn - Piano Trio No.2 in C minor. Bedřich Smetana - Piano Trio in G minor. In her opening speech, Kathryn described the Beethoven’s Trio as being his earliest work full of his aspirations and ambitions, and first steps towards his future evolution and mastery.
When I was listening to Kathryn presentation it crossed my mind that not only the content of it was interesting and educational, but her own voice, so soothing and melodic, was like a part of the musical event. I can quite imagine that she might be a good singer.
Kathryn also briefly described Felix Mendelssohn, who lived his intense busy life as if knowing it was going to be a short one. He died at the age of 38, however, his musical legacy included a lot of well known and still popular works.
Then she mentioned Smetana’s Trio as full of rage, suffering and discord. The composer was coping at that time with a death of his little daughter. That reflected in his growing restlessness in his music and concluded with fortissimo climax.
For playing three works of Trios three musicians were needed for the performance. Along with Kathryn Selby, Artistic Director and Pianist herself, the participating musicians were prominent violinist and AWO leader Natalie Chee and internationally acclaimed SSO Co-Principal Cellist Umberto Clerici.
Both of them, violinist and cellist also had a talk about their understanding of the chosen pieces of music.
From purely musical perspective all three musicians were top class professionals. Their performances way exceeded my expectations. I understand that evaluating and reviewing such concerts it is not appropriate or common to assign them ‘stars’ and give them ‘rating’. However, I dare to do it by giving them 5 stars out of 5, and the highest rating possible.
The enchanting evening of musical delight makes me wish for more concerts of such a calibre and value. That is why I suggest to the readers not to miss Selby and friends next performances, if and when they will be advertised.
TOP MODEL 2019 NATIONAL FINAL 2019 website review: Susan Reynolds photos: Peter Morris VIP celebrity present: Anthony Wayne
The Venue “The George on Collins” had a sophisticated ambience, the long bar with pendant lighting had a warm inviting atmosphere a perfect event location. The runway for the models was along the length of the design of the interior and was ideal. Families, friends and supporters were close enough to see everything and this made for an intimate experience. The establishment has an historical past on the site of the department store Georges originally established in the 1880’s. The George on Collins has been described as the “Paris end of Melbourne” and mentioned by the show host to be ”….now one of the coolest places in Melbourne to go” Ticket holders were welcomed to this event with champagne canapés and a gift bag courtesy of sponsors Host: Pete Lazer
Sponsors Noir (Activated Teeth Whitening Charcoal) Miss World Australia AlfaParf Milano fourteen25 The George on Collins Park Beach Plaza Everrug Australia Esteemed judges were from the model industry, television celebrities and sponsors.
The Judges Miss World Australia 2017 Esma Voloder Harry T psychic to the stars Fernanda Ramos model & photographer Tracey Jules MAFS Noir teeth whitening @inekekissing Debra Miller Director Miss World Australia and CM Models
Makeup & Hair Team leader for hair and makeup Simone Clarke informed me there were 2 hairdressers and 4 makeup artists for the models who finished in just over two hours. #YoushikiHairTeam #ARTistHDmakeupTeam ....impressive!
Sponsors and the Selection process In October the shopping Centre “Park Beach Plaza” Coffs Harbour held a regional competition and entrants came from all over NSW. One entrant came even from Newcastle! From Coffs Harbour Terry 18 and Jonah 16 both won at the event and participated in the current competition both doing very well. Park Beach Plaza Shopping Centre sponsor Caroline Bleechmore; the Centre’s Marketing Manager spoke to us at Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine about their involvement in co-operation with Debra Miller National Director of Miss World and CM Models. Caroline explained “They see their role as a sponsor to offer opportunities to regional young men and women. This allows an accessibility to experiences and opportunities that would otherwise not be possible” Debra explained “the recruitment was Australia wide with online entry and the regional shopping centre involvement” There was a variety of contestants some totally new to modelling others more experienced having entered in the past. Jessica Barnes from The George on Collins is also an instrumental person in this event and supporting the operation and contestants. Victorian candidates were selected from the event at fourteen25 Eltham in August of last year
Selection Criteria The models are judged photogenic from their initial applications. They have to be confident in perceived ability as to how they would participate on the World Stage and with the demand the competition has with finals only weeks away. Their modelling potential and runway skill is also paramount. Spoken interview was involved in the final four to determine the single winner in this competition.
The Show Contestants went through the routines and the excitement started. Photographers worked out angles the show began with the 34 contestants introduced to the enthusiastic audience. First off the group of most wore dresses of various styles and heels and the 10 guys pants and shirts some opting for more casual to suit their personal choice. The audience was treated to music from “TEA” in the shows.
Top 10: The selection of top ten the candidates In the Group selection were Alicia, Selina, Janae, Caitlin, Jean, Charlie, Perry, Jonah, Phoebe, Maria.
Top 4: Charlie Wookie, JonahBedford, Selena McClosky, Alicia Callahan. Each contestant spoke to the audience about the experience they’d had being in the event.
Winner Alicia Callahan
Previous Winner of Top Model Australia Hope Mancer Top Model Australia 2018 won the international final of Top Model in the UK in the same year. Hope won her title at the age of 15. This Geelong girl Jess took to London for that event. She’s had a fabulous year amongst other opportunities and the title she was involved in the Novo shoes winter campaign and walked for Harold’s in Caulfield Cup. She is now back to study and encouraged models to pursue their dreams in modelling and stated “it’s not a one way street” that study is playing a role in her aspirations.
Miss World Australia The previous winner of Miss World Australia 2017 Esma Voloder addressed the audience about entering three times. Runner-up on one attempt she was determination to keep trying. She supressed doubt by going again and winning. She said “It’s what we do rather than what we say” and as soon as she sent her application she felt she’d won by her actions. Esma is a great ambassador for Miss World “Beauty with a Purpose” objectives which engage and motivate her.
Top Model Worldwide The winner today ALICIA CALLAHAN (left) will be representing Top model Australia in the worldwide event in London “The Top Model Worldwide 2019 Model” will be held at the stunning Amba Hotel Charing Cross on the Strand on Sunday 24th March 2019.
photos by Susan Reynolds and Anthony Wayne
SYDNEY CITY WEDDING EXPO 2019 website review by Ivan Lubkov photos: Ivan Lubkov
This year’s Sydney Wedding Exposition was held in Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport. The exposition is the largest event used by wedding vendors throughout NSW. The venue is well suited for city residents and for people arriving to Sydney by air transfer. There was a huge number of vendors present including wedding cars, jewelry, dresses, flowers, photographers and celebrants. The wide array of products on offer, free alcohol, music entertainment and large crowds made the event feel like a magic fair. The fact that a lot of different product types were sown meant that the in-stock range was very limited. The products that showed great presentation were wedding cars in front of the hotel, reception venues, wedding photographers and celebrants which are very hard to browse in different circumstances. The above listed vendors outshined the wedding dresses and jewelry stands. The event would be very interesting for car enthusiasts with the wide range of cars starting from classical limousines and ending with a hipster vans. There were very limited number of wedding dresses and jewelry present in the venue, which might disappoint some visitors. Altogether the event lasted from 10am to 3pm and was held in a venue that need to be larger to give sense of a fairy-tale.