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LA PASSION DE SIMONE @ CARRIAGEWORKS

The 2019 Sydney Festival has started with a bang and one of the major events is the Australian premiere of La Passion de Simone . Written by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, with a libretto in French by Amin Maaloufit it is presented at Carriageworks by Sydney Chamber Opera in association with The Song Company.

Musically and visually superb, it is a powerful and hypnotic production.Directed by Imara Savage it looks at the life of Simone Weil , who was an intellectual, Marxist and pacifist, philosopher, political activist and mystic whose despair at the course of world events led her to starve herself and pass away in 1943 aged just 34. Weil died of tuberculosis after weakening herself by fasting in sympathy with the starving people of France, having spent the preceding decade travelling through Nazi Germany and revolutionary Spain in an attempt to understand the causes and nature of oppressive régimes.

After involvement in the Spanish Civil War, Weil, a secular Jew, converted to Christianity, fleeing France with her family during World War II and working with the French Resistance from London.

The show is based in the Passion Play tradition with episodes of Weil’s life linked to the Stations of the Cross. One scene includes how she worked for a while in a factory among the oppressed workers then rejected the robotic, virtually forced labour. Continue reading LA PASSION DE SIMONE @ CARRIAGEWORKS

Walsh Bay Arts Table 2016 – Tuesday November 8

Arts Table Dinner 5 course degustation in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney’s most memorable arts industry fundraiser, the Walsh Bay Arts Table Dinner is a 5 course degustation created on a volunteer basis by 5 chefs of the Walsh Bay arts and dining hub.

Guests are seated at a long table spanning the length of Pier 2 at Walsh Bay in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Each chef has selected a stand out cool climate wine from among the new Southern Highlands Food and Wine Clusters to complement their signature dish and winemakers will join guests at the table.

Guests will be treated to rare pop up performances by The Song Company ensemble directed by celebrated British composer and conductor Antony Pitts.

Tickets are $180pp available from www.walshbaysydney.com/artstable and all proceeds will enable The Song Company to continue to nurture young talent.

This great arts charity event will take place on Pier 2, 13 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay on Tuesday November 8 between 6.30 pm and 10 pm.

For more about Walsh Bay Arts Table 2016, visit http://www.walshbaysydney.com/artstable
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