Dance

EMBERS: DANCE AND INSTINCTIVE MOVEMENT

Photography & design by Zaina Ahmed 

EMBERS is a physical exploration of the fundamental human need for connection and self-expression. Through dance and instinctive movement, Embers will navigate the relationships we form to fulfil our lifelong search for meaning and structure.

Evolved from a team of people inspired by the connection found in creative collaboration, EMBERS embarks on a journey through various stages of disconnection to find harmony through movement.

Ensemble:
Amy Pham, Audrye Fung, Bec Clare, Emily Mee, Gautier Pavlovic-Hobba, Georgia Britt, Lydia Feeney, Madeleine Scott-Murphy, Natalie Domingos, Pearl Lee, Talisah Ruas, Vanessa Au-Yeung

EMBERS [Facebook Event] hosted by Black Match Productions [Facebook] plays between 18 October 2018 to 20 October 2018 at PACT, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville NSW 2043.

ENSNARE BURLESQUE HERE FOR THE SYDNEY FRINGE

Mae de la Rue for Ensnare Burlesque by 3 Fates Media

ENSNARE BURLESQUE  is the smoky, sexy burlesque show coming to Knox Street Bar for Sydney Fringe Festival this September.

Glamorous, adventurous and decadent; enjoy performances from some of Australia’s most talented and titillating burlesque artists including NZ Burlesque Festival Duchess Mae de la Rue, Queens of the Damned producer and Burlesque Idol Melbourne winner Miss Holly Wouldn’t, Burlesque Idol Sydney runner up Delilah Dollbaby, Brisbane show creator and producer Ophelia Novak and more!

Grab dinner and drinks before the show and make a night of it on September 20 & 21 at host venue Knox Street Bar. With a vibe as hot as this, you don’t want to miss. Let us Ensnare you, yes we went there.

ENSNARE BURLESQUE [Facebook] is at Knox St Bar, 21 Shepherd St, Chippendale,September 20 & 21 from 7.30pm.

Ophelia Novak for Ensnare Burlesque by Selina Boyle

BALLET: THE DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY – MARVELLOUS

BALLET: THE DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY. This marvellous book is a rather large and heavy coffee table/reference book that dance lovers will pounce on with delight.

With ballet legend Viviana Durante as Editorial Consultant , the book is divided chronologically into six sections, from the earliest historical performances through to current ones .It is clearly , simply and elegantly presented and lavishly illustrated. We are taken through the history of ballet from the earliest performances (Ballet Comique de la Reine etc ) right through to now with the latest cutting edge works of Christopher Wheeldon and others.It has an international coverage but concentrates on Europe and America.     Continue reading BALLET: THE DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY – MARVELLOUS

SPLIT: AN INTRIGUING WORK CELEBRATING THE HUMAN BODY

Photographer: Gregory Lorenzutti

As part of the Unwrapped season at the Sydney Opera House we are privileged to see SPLIT a most striking , confronting and challenging work from Lucy Guerin , one of Australia’s leading choreographers who is based in Melbourne .

The two performers , Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner, give mesmerizing , dynamic performances in amazing synchronicity with great precision and timing . Lane wears a rather unflattering long blue dress , Steiner ( who won a Helpmann award last year for her performance ) is naked. Continue reading SPLIT: AN INTRIGUING WORK CELEBRATING THE HUMAN BODY

IRISH CELTIC : SPIRIT OF IRELAND @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

Irish Celtic in action. Production photography by Philippe Frefault.

A few years ago the weekend nearest St Patricks Day  the Irish community would stage one of the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world culminating with Irish dancing, singing and music with a big show at the Domain. Alas these no longer take place.

However last year, the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter featured a sea of green, white and orange with all manner of dress including leprechauns, other people covered in Guinness logos or wrapped in the Irish flag. Stalls selling handicraft and traditional foods did a roaring trade. Continue reading IRISH CELTIC : SPIRIT OF IRELAND @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

plenty serious TALK TALK: VICKI VAN HOUT

plenty serious TALK TALK: image by Heidrun Lohr

FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres will present a new dance theatre work, plenty serious TALK TALK, by acclaimed Indigenous dancer and choreographer Vicki Van Hout from 30th August to 1st September.

An explorative work delving into the compulsory community consultative process involved in Indigenous art making, plenty serious TALK TALK lays bare the full complexity of negotiating culture across disciplines, genres and eras.

Recognised for creating humorous narratives blended with an idiosyncratic Indigenous movement language, Van Hout celebrates and illuminates the sophistications of the world’s oldest living culture. Continue reading plenty serious TALK TALK: VICKI VAN HOUT

PLAYLIST: ELECTRIFYING AND EVERY SYNONYM THEREOF

Siri earned her money on the way home.

Hey Siri. I’m listening.  Give me a synonym for exuberant.

Hey Siri. I’m listening. Give me a synonym for compelling.

This part went on for quite a while as I managed to get electrifying , brilliant, fiery  and so forth out of my system.  Until I came to the sad realisation that I am out of superlatives for PLAYLIST. A show which is …  marvellous … not quite right … inspiring … nah … thrilling…nope.  Since I am an old lady and love to learn from our magnificent, inspiring, thrilling youth, I will simply say that PLAYLIST is “boss as fuck.”  Continue reading PLAYLIST: ELECTRIFYING AND EVERY SYNONYM THEREOF

STOMP: THE INTRICACIES OF PERCUSSION

STOMP
Production photos: Steve McNicholas

STOMP has exploded into the Capitol for a brief season 31 July – 5 August 2018

The joyous rhythmic romp that is STOMP, which has now been around for over 25 years , has returned to Sydney for a fast and furious brief season.

The incredible super fit unnamed – there are no programs –  cast of eight ( six men, two women) is full of high octane energy that leaves you exhausted just watching . It is a very accessible piece of non -verbal percussive comic theatre, with great characterization and warmth. Continue reading STOMP: THE INTRICACIES OF PERCUSSION

SWAN LAKE ON ICE @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

 

When an irresistible force converges with its irrepressible match, heaven and earth meet.

Cross classical ballet with figure skating on ice and you get a tantalizing blend. Add some of the most accomplished performers in this seductive genre, and the result is shameless delight.

Swan Lake on Ice, performed on Wednesday 25th July by the Imperial Ice Stars at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, showcased the innovative choreography of Tony Mercer. In the course of developing the company, the Imperial Ice Stars, Mercer had assembled a first class creative team for each production, from such eminent athletes as dual Olympic figure skating gold medallist and four-time World Champion Evgeny Platov, quadruple Olympic gymnastics gold medallist Alexei Nemov, and former ice dancing pairs World Champions Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski. Continue reading SWAN LAKE ON ICE @ THE CAPITOL THEATRE

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE: SWAN LAKE – A GLORIOUS NEW PRODUCTION

This is a glorious new production, the first new version of SWAN LAKE for 30 years for the Royal Ballet, replacing the 1987 Antony Dowell/ Yolanda Sonnabend production.  It is visually spectacular and magnificently danced – an enthralling, gripping production by Liam Scarlett that transfers wonderfully from stage to screen .

The Royal Ballet’s new production sticks to the traditional story of this much loved ballet classic with its central themes of love and betrayal: of Prince Siegfried falling in love with Odette, a Princess transformed into a swan by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart, before being tricked into swearing to marry Rothbart’s daughter, Odile.

Like most productions today, it also reverentially references the Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s 1895 version.  But that 1895 version has been reworked and reconstructed in many different ways, so much so that any idea of complete authenticity to the ‘original’ are  rather immaterial. The expected ‘set pieces’ ( eg the Black Swan pas de deux) have been retained. Here, the lakeside Act 2 has mostly been left untouched, while Acts I and IV have been deftly reworked with a new waltz for Act 1 and three new national dances in Act 3 where Ashton’s Neapolitan dance has been kept.  Continue reading ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE: SWAN LAKE – A GLORIOUS NEW PRODUCTION

FORTE: A SHOWCASE FOR STRENGTH AND TECHNIQUE

FORTE is a collaboration between Australian choreographer Tim Podesta and Principal Guest Artist of the Royal Ballet Mara Galeazzi.  It brings together James Pett and Travis Clausen-Knight, contemporary dancers from the UK who for the past four years have danced with Company Wayne McGregor, and a cast of Australian and international dancers. Forte is a programme of five short works produced by M&T In Motion for Projection Dance Company. The word Forte means strong or strength and showcases the great strength and excellent technique of the dancers .

There were no set designs as such , rather the stage of the Concourse Theatre was stripped right back . Continue reading FORTE: A SHOWCASE FOR STRENGTH AND TECHNIQUE