Tiziana Longo in MUTMotimaru’s MUT is the second work the company has brought to Sydney – last week I reviewed their TWILIGHT. Motimaru is a dance company founded in Tokyo by Motoya Kondo and Tiziana Longo, based in Berlin since 2010, who have taught and performed internationally. Their background is in performing arts, modern dance, martial arts, and Butoh. Motimaru define dance as a way to experience deeper reality of our existence and are experimenting to create a new authentic dance method beyond any genre. This new work, MUT, is a solo work, choreographed and performed by Tiziana Longo. Continue reading MUT BY MOTIMARU: INTENSE, DARK, FEMALE
Motimaru is a dance company founded in Tokyo by Motoya Kondo and Tiziana Longo, based in Berlin since 2010 , who have taught and performed internationally. Their background is in performing arts, modern dance, martial arts, and Butoh. Motimaru define dance as a way to experience deeper reality of our existence and are experimenting to create a new authentic dance method beyond any genre.
TWILIGHT the first of two productions they are performing here in Sydney is dark and mysterious , powerful and hypnotic , taking us to a trancelike meditative state. Is the work perhaps evoking the creation of the world aeons ago? It is full of the elemental forces of nature, combining and contrasting quietude and forceful movement. Continue reading TWILIGHT: MOTIMARU AT OLD 505
OLD 505 SEASON 2018
5 February – 17 March 2018: FRESHWORKS FRESHWORKS is a short, sharp season of experimental and new works returning for the fifth year. FreshWorks provides experienced artists an opportunity to test out new ideas and young artists an opportunity to work with 505. This year 505 will present six one week seasons plus the new FreshWorksFEMME a season of feminist work, talks and readings by young theatre makers.
6–11 February 2018: JACK DATA Written and directed by RUTH BELL A one act comedy set in the not to distance future. On Alice's 31st birthday her worried parents present her with Jack Data. Jack is the 'perfect man' robot, with reproductive options.
After a critically acclaimed season in Adelaide, TRADE is back at the Old 505.
TRADE is a fast paced, irreverent piece of physical theatre that delves into the world of fictional Hedge Fund Delta 1. Hurrah Hurrah have been developing TRADE since an initial residency in late 2014. It has been performed as part of the Old 505 Theatre (Sydney) Freshworks season and in development at Site and Sound Festival (Sydney). Initially inspired by the fall of French rogue Trader Jerome Kevel, Hurrah Hurrah have pulled apart the elements of his enormous descent, and reformed it into an exploration of the complicity of us all in the world we live in. Continue reading TRADE
Somewhere in our bent-over-laughing pavement debrief my hysterical friend and I decided that siblings really are divided into Kyles and Hamiltons. She being the youngest of 4 girls is a Kyle and my dopey brother is a Kyle. I am definitely more of a Hamilton.
We had, you see, just enjoyed THE BEST BROTHERS at Old 505 theatre and we were lurching along the street histrionically laughing out loud. It’s OK , it’s Newtown, none cares. Luckily. Because it may happen to you too. This is a cracker of a production and destined to sell out so get your tickets ASAP because the show is as dry, warm and loving as a pooch by the fire yet oddly hilarious and witty. Continue reading THE BEST BROTHERS @ OLD 505 NEWTOWN
So. It’s easy. Anyone can do it.
Give me a name … any name. Dean Haglund!
Odd name but there we go.
Now give me a place… any place. Old 505 Theatre, Newtown!
Oddly familiar but moving on.
Give me a job … any job. Actor!
The most weird choice so far but I’ll go with it.
Improvising is easy. Watch this! I’m going to use your three ideas and improvise a story.
Once upon a time there was an actor who got sick of starring in television shows like THE X FILES and THE LONE GUNMAN and BONES and who decided to use all his skills in a one person improvised TV-murdering extravaganza at Old 505 Theatre. Continue reading Kill Your Television @ The Old 505 Theatre Newtown
Cryptically, Performance Art which touches me always seems just slightly out of my reach… minimally but distantly un-understandable, despite how I strive for elucidation. Ergo, artists who create work which elicits a response in me, often appear to have secret knowledge. An understanding and a private world of which their creation is only an echo. Watching FEMME FATALE, the opening show of Old 505’s Freshworks Season, is 50 beautifully realised minutes of wanting to know more.
There is clarity and obfuscation in this space where three women await the audience yet don’t acknowledge or respond to the influx of viewers. They appear lost in their contemplation of their reflection in an evocative set . When the performance begins, we understand that we know them. Any good feminist knows Lilith, Adam’s first wife from Jewish folkloric tradition. Eve, the Biblical wife of Adam is also there. The other woman is Pandora, in Greek mythology the first female creation of the Gods. All are known for their misdeeds in leaving Adam, eating the apple and opening the jar to unleash evil in the world. Continue reading FEMME FATALE @ THE OLD 505 THEATRE
It’s the raw redness of it. The pain when it stretches. The spasms and contractions in the slow twisting to find an elusive comfort. The joy during the hours of creation long gone, the sunburned characters who populate beside, around, in and under the water in WE, THE LOST COMPANY paroxysm in front of us. The water soothes them and the echoes of water, the spit of a splash or the contemplative music of a lap pulls the unbidden memory from an audience transported in the observation of beauty.
Inspired initially by the canvases of Brett Whiteley’s beach series in which the human figures range from sand ridden to sun reaching, this work from the Clockfire Theatre collective delves into the human relationship with water. The work also draws on Whiteley’s admiration for Yukio Mishima who is more remembered in the West for his ceremonial seppuku death than his work. The Japanese connection is further explored with references to the 2000 year old tradition of the Ama Pearl Divers. Continue reading WE, THE LOST COMPANY @ THE OLD 505 THEATRE
Chekhov is such a specific playwright that he even has an adjective. However, AFTERPLAY, which is part of the Sydney Fringe and playing at Old 505, avoids being Chekhovian despite the characters having been pulled from lives created by the Russian master of Realism. Unlike many of the reverentially comic interpretations of the Chekhov canon, this production has many laugh-out-loud moments.
Sonya is the smart, plain niece of UNCLE VANYA and Andrey is the dissolute, disillusioned brother of the THREE SISTERS. In a post-revolutionary Russian café twenty years after we last saw them, then in the environment created by their master, we meet them again: this time shaped by a modern master. They don’t know that they share a maker but there is a connection wrought of loneliness and the experience of their younger selves. Continue reading Brian Friel’s AFTERPLAY @ OLD 505
Most of us can play when playing is required… small relatives or cute fluffy animals will bring out our childlike side. However, I think we can agree that public play is really the preserve of the young. Explain then, how a predominantly elder audience ended up on the floor of the Old 505 theatre this evening indulging in a bit of advanced silliness. How Kay’s unnamed stand-in managed to get us to experience Follow the Leader, world mapping and the building of a weird Martian War of the Worlds landscape.
AN HOUR WITH KAY is actually an hour with Kay’s stand-in, who does look suspiciously like the Kay we see on mobile phone footage abandoning the building. The unnamed, white suited, blue high heeled substitute guides the audience through an hybrid hour of play, dance and image creation. Continue reading An Hour with Kay @ The Old 505 Theatre
What the Hell was that? As my friend and I reeled down the 5 flights of stairs from the Old 505 theatre we just kept repeating, what the hell was that? I loved it but what the Hell was it? It was really really good but what in the name of all the Gods was it? By the time we hit the street we had worked it out. It was brilliant, funny, emotional, experiential physical theatre beyond definition.
In a weird place, deserted and formless we meet a mortal, Pippa, who is seduced into running for the elected position of God in a secluded wasteland city called GODFACE. At first reticent, the deal is sealed when immortality is dangled like dust flutters before her. Her main rival is Swansee, who will erode Pippa’s ideals enough that she will bury her real self. Will the true Pippa survive to rise Godlike from the floor? Continue reading Godface @ The Old 505 Theatre