Dance lovers are invited  along to an intimate evening of contemporary dance works from a variety of seasoned and emerging choreographers.  Running for its seventh season in 2018, Platform Shorts will continue to feature fresh new work from seasoned and emerging choreographers.

It is the perfect place to get a taste of contemporary dance and support  independent artists.

Dance, ten minutes at a time.

Choreographers include:
Jay Bailey
Katrina Carter
Bonnie Curtis
Kate Garrett
Emma Harrison
Cydney Yeats and Mikayla Bayliss

Tickets Adult $25/ Concession $22/ Child (12 and under) $5. Tickets online or contact the team for information on group discounts for groups of dance students email:  platformshorts@gmail.com

Platform Shorts is presented by Annandale Creative Arts Centre, [Facebook] an initiative of Newtown Mission. The Annandale Creative Arts Centre is situated at 81 Johnstone Street, Annandale. Performance dates are April 20 to April 22 at 7.30pm.


Photo by Matt Ralph

Above photo by Matt Ralph. Featured photo by Sasha Cohen.

Following a critically acclaimed sell out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Lies, Lies and Propaganda bring BICYCLE, written by Danielle Baynes, starring Danielle Baynes and Pip Dracakis, and directed by Michael Dean,  to the Old Fitz.

Upon meeting an enigmatic Transylvanian Count, a Victorian Englishwoman is given a bicycle. But this gift comes with a price: midnight supper at his place. This invitation proves too tempting to resist and her mortal life is changed forever. Bicycle is a one-woman play about conquering fears, parting legs and the unexpected turns life can take after dining with a monster.

The reviews interstate have been outstanding:-

★★★★ ‘Danielle Baynes is a supernatural force to be reckoned with in this fanciful, original dramatic comedy-thriller.’ – THE ADVERTISER
★★★★ ‘This show is utterly surprising: edgy theatre, bold and fierce, especially for feisty women.’ – INDAILY
★★★★ ‘An indisputably modern work jam-packed with ideas about female liberty…’ Great Scott
★★★★1/2 ‘Baynes is spellbindingly captivating in her storytelling…Adding to the beauty is the luscious voice and virtuoso violin playing of Pip Dracakis.’ – GLAM Adelaide
★★★★ ‘The audience is captured with every movement and every word…definitely one to put on the list.’ – Adelaide theatre guide

Lies, Lies and Propoganda’s production of Danielle Baynes’ BICYCLE is playing the Old Fitz from 21 June to 2 July.

All tickets $25 including booking fee.

Performance times Tuesdays to Saturdays at 9.30pm and Sundays at 7.30pm.

For more about Bicycle by Danielle Baynes, visit http://www.oldfitztheatre.com/bicycle/

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Suffering from the early onset of Parkinson’s, one member’s tremors cause quite a quake in a quartet of musicians in the perfectly pitched PERFORMANCE (M) from writer director Yaron Zilberman.

The new film PEFORMANCE, also known as A LATE QUARTET, is the physicist turned film maker’s second film following the feature length documentary Watermarks, and demonstrates a scientific precision and rigour in screenplay and direction.

The superbly structured screenplay is splendidly served by a core quartet of accomplished actors.

As the fulcrum of the quartet, Peter, Christopher Walken is captivating with a persona and presence that resonates with a calming karma.

His one time student and founder of the group, Daniel, is played with simmering volatility by Mark Ivanir, profoundly fixated on the pursuit of perfection where technique has outstripped passion.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keeler complete the quartet as married couple Robert and Juliette, their duet devolved into duel, exacerbated by the crisis confronting the quartet.

Tossed in to the tumult is Robert and Juliette’s daughter, Alexandra, played by the impressive Imogen Poots. Following in her parent’s profession, she has filial frustrations that overflow into the foursome’s ferment, a catalyst to the quarrelsome quartet’s current crossroads.

Violins and viola erupt into emotional violence. Juliette asks Robert “Do you really love me or am I convenient?” A devastating question to ask, and to be asked. Equally devastating is Alexandra’s statement to her mother, “I would have had an abortion.”
With three quarters of the quartet imploding, it is the mellow cello who must call a halt to hostilities and strive to get the strings back into harmony.

PERFORMANCE is a deeply affecting film for anyone who has had at least 25 years of life experience. Inspired by and structured around Beethoven’s Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, it is an intensely profound examination of personal and professional relationships, individuality and interdependence, the parent/child dynamic, art and, of course, music.

A striking element of the Opus 131 is that Beethoven indicated it should be played “attacca”, without a pause between its seven movements. When playing a piece for almost forty minutes without a break, the instruments are bound to go out of tune, each in a completely different way.

Writer director Yaron Zilberman felt that this was “the perfect metaphor for long term relationships, inevitably challenged and demanding a constant need for readjustment and fine tuning because of the myriad ways we change over long periods of time.”

(c) Richard Cotter

17th March, 2013

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