Performance Art

CALDERA IS FIRE AND ART AND MUSIC IN 130 YR OLD FORGE. GIVEAWAY

CALDERA  is a night of fire and art in an industrial cathedral: burlesque performances, experimental music, cocktails and an art exhibition in a  reactivated blacksmiths’ forge.

Electrified anvils, smoke, danger, colour – CALDERA will feature captivating performances from Australia’s hottest underground artists.   Featuring performances by burlesque performer Zelia Rose, Melbourne songstress Tanzer, and compositions using the industrial machinery by Bree van Reyk and Alon Ilsar CALDERA  happens   over four nights.

PERFORMERS
Zelia Rose
Marcus Whale
Bree van Reyk
Alon Ilsar
Tanzer

ARTISTS
Anji Brice,  OneJessa, Cyma Hibri,  Harry Hock,  Ben Lang, Brooke Ellen Louttit, Duncan Maclean, Alireza Mirzaeisabet, Emily Parsons-Lord, Gwen Taualai,   Meng-Yu Yan

CALDERA [Facebook]  is Thursday 29th November – Saturday 2nd December at Eveleigh Works, Australian Technology Park. Sessions are 8pm and 10pm. Entry includes a free drink.

With thanks to the CALDERA , Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass giveaway for 10pm Saturday December 1.

To be in the running, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) 
with CALDERA as the subject and your full name.

Competition closes Midnight on Tuesday November 27, 2018 when the winner will be drawn. Only the winner will be notified and tickets will be emailed by the promoter.

FLUGTAG MAKES A SPLASH IN SYDNEY

Flugtag is German for flying  day. Sponsor Red Bull’s drinks are supposed to give you wings. The fullest realisation of this is in their air shows which are held round the world. A single engine craft undergoes a time trial whereby it must fly around obstacles which sometimes require amazing aerial stunts. The fastest pilot and plane through the obstacle course is the winner. Red Bull sought permission to hold the event over Sydney harbour but this request was refused. This show has been held in Perth over the Swan river..

Nevertheless we received a consolation prize when Sydney held its first ‘Birdman Rally on the 6th April 2008. Red Bull actually started these rallies in 2000 and they have been held every year since in over 35 cities globally.

Sydney had to wait another ten years to hold Flugtag which  took place on the 10th November 2018. No other city in Australia to date has held a Flugtag. It was held at Mrs Macquarie Chair where a crowd of over 50,000 watched with amusement as aircraft of all shapes and sizes plunged from a six metre platform into Farm Cove, Sydney harbour. The backdrop to this event was Sydney’s spectacular cityscape, including the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Sydney’s criteria is different from those in other cities. The wingspan must be not bigger than 8 metres (26 feet) and the weight (not including the pilot) is limited to 180 kilograms (400 lbs). The  contraption must be powered only by muscle and gravity and any battery or engine assistance is strictly prohibited. Because the aircraft will inevitably end up in the water it must be unsinkable and constructed entirely of environmentally friednly materials and must not have any loose parts.

Each team comprises four  people, three to push the craft and one  to ‘pilot’ it.

Teams that enter the competition are judged according to three criteria- distance, creativity and showmanship. Included under showmanship is the requirement for the team to choreograph and perform a short dance prior to take off.

All participants must wear a life jacket and helmet, be able to swim thirty metres without assistance and the pilot must be able to easily escape his or her flying machine. Furthermore one must be able to swim in the costume of one’s choosing.

Team creativity ran to creating crafts such as the Splashed Avo, a dinosaur named Flyrannosaurus, and a barbecued themed craft called The Sore Sage Sizzle.

A  crowd favourite was the Bin Chook comprising of a paper mache Ibis in a wheelie bin.

However the winner was Chip Off The Block which was a seagull and chip themed flying machine. In second place was the Flying Ricciardo, basically a racing car,  and in third place was won by the Red Baron modelled on a World War 1 military aircraft.

This year’s contestants did not ‘fly’ anywhere near the world record which was set in Long Beach, California when a craft flew 258 feet (76.8 metres) in 2015.

One hopes that it won’t take another ten years for Flugtag to land in Sydney again.

 

THE GAUNTLET – A SEA OF POLYPHONY

The Gauntlet Image: Amelia Found

A sea of sound washed over and around the audience as it swept up the internal stairs and circled in foyers of the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 1st September. THE GAUNTLET was being performed as part of the Antidote Festival at the Sydney Opera House September 1st and 2nd, 2018.

THE GAUNTLET has been described as an immersive choral experience in which the “lyrics” are formed from interviews with twenty of Sydney’s “interesting citizens” – social, political, cultural and environmental activists – about global, local and personal issues.
It is a tonal, musical, theatrical movement installation of Sydney stories performed by Sydneysiders however temporary that may be. Continue reading THE GAUNTLET – A SEA OF POLYPHONY

Being Dead (Don Quixote) @ Kings Cross Theatre

Photos by Jamie Breen

“I’ve never read Don Quixote and don’t intend to” Kerith Manderson-Galvin declares in the after show Q&A. “I’ve read snippets but that’s it.”

Being Dead (Don Quixote) presented by MKA in association with KXT bAKEHOUSE & Unofficial Kerith Fan Club, is best described as a simulacra; a copy or amalgamation of an original text altered into a new form or belief. A work that has been performed and continually developed over the past 5 years, Manderson-Galvin believes the work has changed alongside theirself. In it’s current state, the performance is self-described as a “queer, femme, adventure” which best explains the ideas presented throughout succinctly. Continue reading Being Dead (Don Quixote) @ Kings Cross Theatre

Puntila / Matti @ Kings Cross Theatre

Production photos by Rupert Reid.

“It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a clerk.” – Bertolt Brecht

This quote by German Modernist playwright Brecht is the opening description on MK Alpha’s page for Puntila/Matti, and perhaps the most apt and appropriate way to explain this show.

Set the audience up for an enjoyable, mindless night out in Sydney’s Kings Cross theatrical hub only to be immediately knocked down and disappointed. This show is not intended to be watched nor enjoyed like a regular performance.

Fourth-walls are broken, audience members personally called out, asked to perform on stage with the actors, coerced into very uncomfortable situations, and left unsure as to whether they are correctly following along. It’s a surprise if no one walks out during the show.

Puntila/Matti is an adaptation by Doppelgangster of Brecht’s play Mr Puntila and his Man Matti. Presented by MK-Alpha and Kings Cross Theatre, Puntila/Matti has been conceptualised by Tobias Manderson-Galvin, directing and performing alongside Grace Lauer and Antoniette Barbouttis.

The trio each have their own moments to bond with the audience but it is perhaps Manderson-Galvin that is trying to make the audience feel the least comfortable. Sitting next to, interrogating, and even kissing members of the audience, leaves an uneasy feeling throughout the entire show.

In Brecht’s eyes, this show would probably pass as using his famous styles and techniques common to his work. But would he enjoy it? For a play that was originally written in 1940 and first performed in 1948 probably not. However, this show is being performed in 2017 and is subverting the modern viewer. This is not a play designed to be enjoyed by all. It is experimental and aggressive, whilst maintaining a certain wit and comedic approach that will not be palatable to everyone.

Whether intentional or not, the fact that Puntila/Matti is being performed in Kings Cross is incredibly clever. An area once infamous for crime, drugs, and scandal, is slowly gentrifying. The environment is shifting from a once bustling nightlife hub to an expensive, high-rise area. The intersection between rich and poor is becoming more apparent in the suburb, particularly on the main strip. Puntila is an aristocratic land-owner and Matti is his servant. Theatre is more commonly enjoyed by those who can afford it, with Puntila/Matti attempting to shake all of us out of this bubble.

This is anti-theatre with a devilish comedic twist.

Puntila/Matti is on at The Kings Cross Theatre (inside The Kings Cross Hotel) from 25th September – 14th October on Monday – Saturday at 7:30pm. The show is approx 90 minutes with no interval.

Please note: Strong Language, Nudity, Loud Noises, Smoke. Over 18 is advised.

Chippendale Creative Precinct presents Blue Love Walking Tour

Nicky Ginsberg, Director of the Chippendale Creative Precinct, warmly invites you to the one of a kind For the Love of Art! Blue Love Walking Tour. The fully immersive performance tour is in brought to you by Shaun Parker and Company and the Chippendale Creative Precinct.

Be a fly on the gallery walls and experience first-hand Glenn and Rhonda Flune’s explosive love affair. A rambling, music-filled journey down Chippendale’s winding laneways, you are invited to follow acclaimed actors Shaun Parker and Lucia Mastrantone on their journey through ups and downs, the agony and ecstasy of L-O-V-E.

On Saturday, 26 August, Chippendale Creative Precinct and Shaun Parker and Co. present to you a rare opportunity to experience riveting scenes from acclaimed dance, multimedia and musical theatre extravaganza Blue Love. Continue reading Chippendale Creative Precinct presents Blue Love Walking Tour

THE GLITTA SUPERNOVA EXPERIENCE – BODY MAP @ THE GIANT DWARF

“As I have not yet been appropriated, normalised or groomed into shame you’ll be accepting some risk of objectionable, offensive, unlawful, deceptive or harmful content to be known hereon as an authentic human experience”.

Prefaced with a content warning, the Glitta Supernova Experience – Body Map promises to deliver an original, provocative and honest human adventure. For those who like their cabaret a bit bizarre and entirely stripped-back (in the literal sense), Glitta’s one-woman show is an entertaining fusion of social commentary, personal anecdote and unbridled dance breaks.

The unruly terrain of the body map is bumpy, bushy and unapologetic, navigated by a fairdinkum tour guide adorned with an akubra of dangling glittery tampons instead of corks. Glitta reprimands the controlling consumerist gardener of society who perpetually tries to tighten, lift and snip the body of all it’s natural beauty. Live body art accompanies a depressing monologue where heavy chains are placed around Glitta’s neck, weighing down the body with labels such as “saggy tits” and “too fat”. Continue reading THE GLITTA SUPERNOVA EXPERIENCE – BODY MAP @ THE GIANT DWARF

BODY MAP @ GIANT DWARF THEATRE REDFERN

Is the road to self discovery still on the map?

“The artists red light surrealism broke new ground, Body Maps socio political commentary on objectification and the beauty myth pulled no punches” – Otago Daily Times

“Original, Outlandish, provocative & not to be missed” Macandmae.com

Navigating who we are has never been tougher. Access is blocked with the promise of beauty & perfection. The personal highway to our soul is in a multi lane gridlock with diversions from the self at every exit.

Psychedelic, Satirical, Personal & Political storytelling that’s packed to the rafters with puns, punches & possibilities. BODY MAP is deep dive across the consumer bordered planet and into our inner being, highlighting our capacity to transform despite the odds.

Cult Pioneer of Australian performance art, Glitta Supernova brings her multi award winning show BODYMAP direct from the Dunedin Fringe Festival;

 

“BODYMAP exuded both vulnerability and subterranean glamarama” – Alt Media

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY :-

BODY MAP will take place on Saturday 27th May at the Giant Dwarf Theatre. Doors will open at 7.30 pm for an 8 pm performance.

For more about Body Map, visit https://giantdwarf.com.au/events/the-glitta-supernova-experience-body-map/
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BLACK BIRDS : PERFORMANCE ART WITH PLENTY TO SAY

BLACK BIRDS is a gutsy, entertaining performance piece about race, skin colour and hair, devised and performed by Emele Ugavule and Ayeesha Ash. The work blends music, movement, spoken word and stories from real life.

Ugavule and Ash share their stories of how they were ostracised & bullied as children and feared, shunned, mistreated and misunderstood as they moved into adulthood. Some of the worst treatment they experienced was from people who thought they were being liberal and inclusive but were, in fact, still focusing on these women’s difference and were not interacting with them as individuals. Continue reading BLACK BIRDS : PERFORMANCE ART WITH PLENTY TO SAY

THE BEACH : A MUCH LOVED SYDNEY FESTIVAL EVENT

Perhaps the most visited and popular event of the recently completed Sydney Festival was THE BEACH. There were no rips, you could not drown nor suffer a sunburn if you attended.

THE BEACH, in fact, was a white coloured ‘pool’ of 1.1 million recyclable polyethylene balls that ebbed and rose up against a sixty metre wide shoreline with no sand to shake out of a towel or out oif your shoes. To complete the theme deck chairs with redundant umbrellas lined the shoreline so that parents, in addition to lifeguards, could watch their children  cavorting in this plastic ocean.

What was striking was the multicultural nature of the event with women in saris or burqas plunging without inhibition into the  monochromatic balls. The queues to enter were very long and routinely by 3 pm one could no longer gain entrance.

THE BEACH was designed by Snarkitecture, a New York based art and architecture practice. This free happening took place from the 7th to the 29th January at the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve.

All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).

IS OUR CITY READY FOR THE INTIMACY EXPERIMENT?

The Leftovers Collective’s pop up in the heart of Sydney is asking for intimacy in a public space.

Can a love poem be shared in high traffic areas?

Couple this with the transaction of art – money and art versus audience and art? Which partnership prevails?

All you have to do is search ‘Leftovers Free Love Offer’ on your search engine and follow the directions to get your free voucher which you will bring to the secret predetermined spot and give to the artist, in return for one live, Shakespeare love sonnet.

The Leftovers Collective are a Sydney based experiential performance company mixing verse and social experiments to give Sydney playful, political and socially relevant works.

This is a FREE event

Details – 
Friday 9th December between 3 pm and 5 pm.

For more about Free Love Offer / An Intimacy Experiment, visit http://www.theleftoverscollective.com/free-love-offer
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