Reluctant Confidence Man is a quaint story hour delivering intelligent humour without being too nerdy, insider observations about race and multiculturalism without being too confronting, and random tid-bits of fact without being too obscure.
His background in studying film and screenwriting is evident in brief moments of role-playing where he embodies characters, such as an interpretation of Vladimir Putin with a desire to start a knitting group.
Upon leaving his show you’ll be questioning whether sharks are militant feminists, how desperately you’d scoff down a punnet of blueberries if it were about to be confiscated by customs, and whether terrible fusion restaurants are the end point of multiculturalism.
I urge you to go see this man live before his reluctance towards confidence completely dissolves and the ticket prices escalate.
Cyrus Bezyan: Reluctant Confidence Man. April 22nd – 25th. Enmore Loft @ Enmore Theatre. 7pm. $10-$15. Bookings: www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au]]>
Thu, Apr 23, Camelot Lounge
Rare Finds Indie-Club Night: The last Friday of every month will now be used to showcase a monthly curated line-up of Australia’s most promising emerging talent. Entry is free to help provide a platform for local artists to cut their teeth whilst performing to new fans.
Fri, Apr 24, The Sly Fox
Them Bruins: Melbourne four-piece recently turned heads both nationally and internationally with their release Walk A Line. Having received love from Triple J and a multitude of other radio stations and blogs over the past year the band is now right on the verge of making the leap from emerging artist to established name.
Fri, Apr 24, Spectrum
Francesca Prihasti: Originally from Jakarta, pianist Francesca Prihasti was recognised for her talents extremely early, completing a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) in 2012. She is now set to launch her debut album with special performance this week. Imbibing her original compositions with influences from jazz, latin, classical, pop, folk and ethnic music Prihasti creates something truly special.
Tue, Apr 28, Foundry 616
Ivan Ooze: Having shot onto the scene with a viral Friday Freestyle video campaign and cementing his position in the industry with singles Trippin’ and Jimi Hendrix. Now he is ready to continue on this path of success with a new mixtape The Social Alien and a headline tour. Kicking off the tour in Sydney this weekend Ooze is ready to become a key player in the Aussie hip-hop scene.
Wed, Apr 29, Sosueme, Beach Road Hotel
Soda Open Stage: The Soda Factory Sydney is looking to redefine the open mic night with a new weekly Wednesday jam night. Featuring some of Sydney’s best musicians, guest vocalists and extra special pop-up performances from local talent and touring internationals. You never know who may pop in to play during this new night, already locked in for April and May shows are Jeremy Gregory, Elle May Harris, Amali Ward and Wilson O.
Wed, Apr 29, The Soda Factory]]>
Series Creator and Star Trish Morton says she wanted to make a television series “that highlighted the differences between our cultures as well as celebrating the similarities.” Comedy is often a masterful tool to explore deeper more serious issues. Trish recalls a mantra from her experiences with the Central Australian Mob “ if you don’t laugh, you’ll only cry.”
8mmm Aboriginal Radio was filmed on location in Alice Springs, taking advantage of local community involvement, which Trish mentions, was one of the goals from the outset. The series is written and directed by indigenous talent as well as featuring a large ensemble of some of Australia’s brightest young stars including Ian Meadows (The Moody’s) and Shari Sebbens (The Sapphires, Redfern Now).
8mm Aboriginal Radio will premier on ABC1 Wednesday 29th of April at 9:30 pm.
By Brendan Modini]]>
In its first year, Murmuration aims to support dance with a difference. While they hold value in both the classical and the traditional method of dance, artistic director Sarah-Vyne Vassallo is interested in hearing those voices heard and seeing those bodies move.
Sarah-Vyne Vassallo has worked in commercial and contemporary dance for two decades. Highlights of her career include working alongside Doug Jack as the assistant choreographer for the Sydney Olympics and the Rugby World Cup opening and closing ceremonies. It is her work on the community level that she is most proud of and passionate about. Her Arts Development Manager role with Accessible Arts, NSW peak body for arts and disability where she was able to create the Catalyst Dance Program. Sarah-Vyne has said she always knew she wanted to own her own dance company and Murmuration is what she is most happy and passionate about.
Murmuration Dance Theatre is the first integrated dance company in the state. Currently with ten artists in residency who each bring a different form of movement and dance. Matt Shilcock is one of these artists, he began performing professionally in 2009 with the No Strings Attached Theatre for Disabilities Preparing the garden training program and in 2013 was the recipient of the JUMP Mentoring program. This program is dedicated to the first stage development of his unique movement scoring system called Osteogenuine. He says that Murmuration and dancing give him an option of escapism, a voice and room to create and be something.
Sarah-Vyne Vassallo agrees with this notion as dance is a way to empower people both with and without a disability. The artists that are chosen for the residency program at Murmuration Dance Theatre all have strong professional experience and individuality. She states it is a way for them to be a leader in the community.
With ongoing cuts to disability support services on both a national and state level, the work being done by Murmuration Dance Theatre on a community level is extremely important. 1 in 3 people in this country has or knows someone with a disability. 2.1 million people of a working age have a disability. The employment rate for people with a disability is 39.8% compared with 79.4% for people without a disability. 90% of disabilities are unseen.
Murmuration Dance Theatre works with people with all disabilities both invisible and visible. Starting from the 21st of April, Murmuration will be holding workshops at the Gumbramorra Hall at Addison Road Community Centre. These workshops are for everybody including those in aged care. This integrated dance company uses the workshops to bring joy to people from all walks of life. Each workshop can hold twenty people and they will be running all the way through to Tuesday the 4th of August.
When creating this dance company and workshops, Sarah-Vyne knew she wanted artists and teachers that were are as passionate about her vision as she was. She found that person in her artistic associate Dan Daw. Dan is an Australian dancer based in the UK, he was recently awarded the BBC Dance Performing Arts Fund Fellow. In the UK, he works at the forefront of disability and dance through his ongoing teaching and performance work as a disabled artist.
As the landscape changes with our new government, it is community groups like this that help to empower both people with and without disabilities. Aged care has also seen an impact in cuts to support services. It is a wide know fact that disabilities increase with age. 31% of people aged between 55 and 64 are living with a disability and 90% of people aged over 90 have a disability. Murmuration Dance Theatre workshops and community events are open to this older demographic as well as their carers.
There are a few things that you can tell about Sarah-Vyne Vassallo as you speak to her. First, she is so passionate about what she does and second, that you are made aware that she wants no one in the community to be left behind when it comes to Murmuration Dance Theatre. This dance company has so many talented artists for the public to watch and great workshops for all to participate in. With the first workshop occurring this Tuesday at 6pm it is a great contact them to book your place because once word gets out you will want to be able to say you were one of the first who discovered this amazing organisation.
The inclusive Dance and Theatre workshops kicked off on Tuesday 21 April. More information available at murmuration.com.auAddison Road Community Centre, Gumbramorra Hall 142 Addison Road, Marrickville
By Lauren Bell]]>
Troubled 11 year old Stet (Garrett Wareing) is placed in a boy choir school after the tragic death of his mother and his dream of performing is almost attainable. But his rebellious nature leads to confrontations with choir master Carvelle (Dustin Hoffman), who has the power to see Stet realize his dream.
Dustin Hoffman gives a flawless performance and is joined by Debra Winger and Kathy Bates in pivotal roles. The emotionally charged performance from newcomer Wareing will also effectively reduce sensitive viewers to tears.
Exquisitely filmed with a magnificent score consisting of angelic soprano voices and beautifully haunting harmonies, this inspirational film showcases the rivalry, discipline and vigorous training attached to being in a choir and resonates that nothing lasts forever. (MMo)
“The writer of the play Edward Allen Baker was writing about Irish Catholic family backgrounds. There is a history in their families going way back of difficulty,” explains Janine Watson who plays Sandra, the younger sister of Dolores (Kate Box) in this two character play.
“Dolores means great sorrow. Sandra means defender of man. Dolores is a wonderful character, brutally funny, with a lot of really recognisable human traits. She represents a great sorrow within the part of us that gets hurt. Sandra the protector is the one that puts the barricades up and tries to keep everyone safe. She’s got real caustic humour,” says Watson.
The play is quite explosive. It’s one conversation that takes up about 40 minutes between these two sisters. Family is innate in this play, it’s what the genesis of it is. The family and the love is really implicit in the conversation these two sisters are having.
“The best thing about the play is the depth of humour and sadness that these women go to- the emotional arc is beautiful and there’s a human laughter to it that can only come from subject matter that’s tough,” explains Watson, “Dolores is original, gritty and cutting edge.”
Apr 28-May 9, Old Fitzroy Theatre, Cathedral St, Woolloomooloo, $22+b.f, oldfitztheatre.com]]>
Amongst this year’s finalists is Turkish- Australian artist, Mertim Gokalp. Gokalp’s portrait of Donald Keys, the grandson of L/Sgt Samuel Keys, will feature as one of his 20 portraits in The Descendants Project, which aims to commemorate ANZAC history. Gokalp saw his entry as the perfect opportunity to explore his Turkish past and Australian future.
“This year is very significant for me from a Turkish-Australian perspective, as it is the 100th year of the war, which marks the first connection of the relationship between two nations,” he states.
Growing up in a country that Gokalp says ”has always [had] political turmoil”, the artist acknowledges its impact upon his own life, stating, “Consequently war has effected my childhood, which affected who I am and my perspective today. As to the effect of this on my painting, of course this has effected how I have painted Donald.”
Artists were asked to create their image upon the themes represented within the ANZAC creed. Each of the 36 finalists’ works will be accompanied by personal reflections upon their conceptions.
“The most important thing about the Gallipoli Art Prize is the fact that it promotes peace through art. It is very important that it is open to everybody, Turks and Anzacs, who has a connection to Gallipoli, this strengthens the bond between,” concludes Gokalp.
Handpicked by International funny man Russel Howard to open for him on his Australian tour, Harley Breen is a performer on the rise. After becoming a constant entertainer on the festival circuit, he has become known for his quintessentially dry wit and fearless style. To give readers a taste of what is to come, when asked to describe his new show he replied; “its a new hour of stand up, exposing myself both figuratively and literally, those in the front row will be in pole position.” Not one to hold back clearly.
Tackling topics as wide as religion, politics and being a single dad Harley is sure to have even the most staunch of viewers in stitches. (BM)
Apr 28-May 2, The Loft, Enmore Theatre, $20-30]]>