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US. - Theatre Review

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WHAT: Us. WHEN: 30 July - 7 August 2021 WHERE: Zoom WRITTEN BY: Morgan Rose  DIRECTED BY: Katrina Cornwell DESIGN BY: Emily Collett SOUND DESIGN BY: Justin Gardam STAGE MANAGED BY: Jacinta Anderson PERFORMED BY: Julia Chilcott, Samuel Gaskin, Noray Hosny, Ashanti Joy, Raelah Piata Lascelles, Jackson Reid, Paula Reid,  and Jessy Soliman Ashanti Joy, Paula Reid, Noray Hosny and Jackson Reid I always get excited when I see completely independent artists creating on similar themes at the same time. That is when I know there is a zeitgeist occurring. Having watched Us . and The Rapture: The Bathtub Edition within days of each other I know Melbourne is experiencing the zeitgeist of hope. Hope is a curious creature. It fills us full of so many emotions: excitement, joy, fear, dread, uncertainty, wonder, curiosity... Our bodies course with adrenaline which keeps us alert for danger, but also gives us a shot of dopamine to give us the confidence to take risks. This is the underlying message o

THE RAPTURE Art vs Extinction: THE BATHTUB EDITION - Performance Review

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WHAT: The Rapture (Art vs Extinction) - The Bathtub Edition WHEN: 22 July - 5 August 2021 WHERE: Zoom WRITTEN BY: Moira Finucane COMPOSED BY: Rachel Lewindon PERFORMED BY: Moira Finucane and Rachel Lewindon Rachel Lewindon It seems so fitting that my return to reviewing should feature the latest iteration of Finucane and Smith 's The Rapture: Art vs Extinction . This time around it is The Bathtub Edition . Performed live over Zoom, Moira Finucane takes us back to Antarctica and the extinct Auks, exploring synergies with our current global dilemma - pandemic.  Many live performance artists have resisted embracing remote, digital performance and for good reason. Zoom seems to be the best platform for this application but we are all subject to the vagaries of internet failures and data compression. On the other hand, how many times have actors dropped lines, forgotten props or had costume malfunctions? The show must go on and The Bathtub Edition shows us why. Nobody thought the pand

Swallow Walk - Live Art Review

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What: Swallow Walk When: 1 - 28 November 2020 Where: Edwards Lake, Reservoir Created by: Sandra Fiona Long and Ria Soemardjo Performed by: John Cheong-Holdaway, Christopher De Groot, Jeremy Dullard, Natalia Gould, Sandra Fiona Long, Ron Reeves,  and Ria Soemardjo Ria Soemardjo, Sandra Fiona Long, et al In the arts we often talk about wanting to affect all of the senses encompassed within the human body and in Swallow Walk Sandra Fiona Long and Ria Soemardjo have done exactly that. Swallow Walk is a meditative experience. It is a chance for you and your body to feel the world rather than think it, which is our normal state of being in urban life. Long is a music and theatre artist who has lived near Edwards Lake for many years. She tries to walk around the lake every evening and in this troubling year of lockdowns she and her friend and collaborator, Soemardjo, have used the quiet and introspection of these months of isolation to create a way to share their personal experience of t

My Heart Is Aching And No One Can Save Me - Physical Theatre Review

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What: My Heart Is Aching And No One Can Save Me When: 25 - 28 September, 2020 Where: Digital Fringe Created and performed by: Sara Caputo Composition by: Josh Mitchell Sara Casus There is something which can be achieved with Digital Fringe which is almost impossible in a standard theatre and this is something which - if you take the artist's suggestion - is perfectly exemplified in Sara Caputo 's new solo piece, My Heart Is Aching And No One Can Save Me . You can imagine what I am about to describe or you could just experience for yourself by registering for the show. There you are, lazing indulgently in a warm bath, glass of wine in hand, the only light a candle or two flickering in the steam.. Bubbles are optional. On your laptop or tablet, skillfully balanced, you watch a woman almost asleep, naked in a steaming bath as well. You want your audience to empathise? You want them to get into the world of the character? It is impossible to create a stronger connection than someth