The Rabbits, written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan, is an extraordinary piece of work. It takes important historical events and recreates its message in a haunting picture book- reaching children and adults alike. It does not shy away from what it needs to say. The adaption of this work into this opera not only seeks to extend the book’s powerful message, but it manages to create an entirely new and equally extraordinary piece of work.
Back in January, we presented a special video featuring the team behind the Sydney Festival production Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor and now, with the show popping up all over the world, including at the upcoming Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee later this month, we thought we'd bring you the FULL interview, unseen until now, of LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney who talks more about how the show all came to be...
Made in 2011, The Artist came to become the most awarded film in French history, winning five Oscars, seven BAFTAs and three Golden Globes. Bringing the film to the Sydney Opera House was the films original composer Ludovic Bource, as well as the original conductor Ernst Van Tiel. The Artist Live in Concert had been performed across Europe and London, however this was an Australian exclusive.
Japanese contempo-pop singer Salyu brought her salyu x salyu show to Australia for the first time. One of the more curious additions to this year’s Sydney Festival program, the show was a collaboration with Japanese super producer Cornelius, seeing the singer stretching her voice as an instrument, utilizing loop pedals and multiple harmonies to create soundscapes.
Filing into pop-up circus tent The Aurora at 11:45pm on a weekday may not inspire much energy in itself, but it's almost impossible to feel weary once you step inside the colourful and perky world of Dan Deacon. The American electronic musician is renowned for his unique live shows, which often involve various communal, ice-breaking mini games serving as interludes between his highly animated, effervescent productions.
There are three ticking metronomes on stage. “Tick tick tick” they echo around the theatre as the audience files in. Far from keeping any sort of time with each other however, they are irregular and manic. “Tick TICK… tick”. You almost breathe a sigh of relief when Nioukhine, performed by Michel Robin, shuffles on stage to stop the metronomes one by one, as the lights dim and On The Harmful Effects of Tobacco begins.
All that is in front of you is a giant three-tiered structure as you file into York Theatre, taking a seat and waiting for two actors - Dilip Shankar and Mandakini Goswami to take their place in the centre of the stage, behind two very large pots. In The Kitchen, these two Indian actors are portraying a couple focused on seeing through the entire process of making payasam, a sweet Asian rice pudding. We sit and watch them stir the pot both literally and figuratively for the duration of the performance, taking in the various smells that come wafting up around the indoor amphitheater throughout. The crucial ingredient though, is not anything they sprinkle into the pot; it's a thrilling soundtrack provided by 12 tightly focused and disciplined drummers.
Take a look at the incredible production that is The Kitchen - a show about the healing power of cooking - in this photo gallery by Nathan Atkins. The show is part of Sydney Festival and continues until the 25th of January. Tickets and more details can be found HERE and the photos are below!
Sydney artist Kirin J Callinan was at his idiosyncratic best as his transformed The Aurora, a pop up spiegeltent as part of Sydney Festival, into a late-night rock-rave of throbbing 80s electronica and clangy industrial rock. The very slick, very confident performer speaks in a low growl-slash-whisper when he addresses the crowd, almost as if he's trying to impersonate Christian Bale in The Dark Knight, flirting with his fans in a wholly entertaining, often uncomfortable and always hilarious way.
BANKSTOWN:LIVE kicks off as part of Sydney Festival tomorrow, showing off an eclectic program over four days. To find out a bit more about what we can expect from the event, we caught up with the event's curator - Urban Theatre Project's Artistic Director Rosie Dennis.
Few things on Sydney Festival's music program excited as much as the prospect of this ambitious performance jetting to our country, coated with acclaim from sold-out performances in cities like New York and London. Atomic Bomb! is a huge taskforce of musicians - the majority well-known and highly regarded - put together by label Luaka Bop and David Byrne to tackle one of the most intriguing musical discoveries of the past few years: William Onyeabor.
At an intimate media call, few witnessed a supergroup of world renowned musicians taking over Sydney's Enmore Theatre to prepare for an ambitious performance, titled ATOMIC BOMB!, and put together by U.S label Luaka Bop. ATOMIC BOMB! is concerned with the recently re-discovered works of Nigerian synth-funk pioneer William Onyeabor and pays tribute through him by drawing upon his fascinating electronic music and having it recreated by a band which includes Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem/Museum of Love), Sinkane, Money Mark (Beastie Boys, Luke Jenner (The Rapture), Gotye, and more. Check out our photo gallery from the exclusive media call. Photos by Johnny Au.
Playwright Mark Ravenhill and composer David Chisholm offer Sydney Festival something much darker, and almost sinister, than anything else on the program this year with abstract production The Experiment. It's a piece which throws up questions most members of society wouldn't readily deal with, confronting us by asking if there ever is a situation where it's reasonable to harm a child if it was supposedly for the greater good. Although there's not really any clear answer - or clear anything for that matter - the esoteric play, performed by somber guitarist Maurico Carrasco weighs it's murky message against a superbly built, spine-chilling atmosphere with an excellent audio-visual component.
We're now entering the second week of Sydney Festival 2015, coming off some very strong performances ranging from live music and cabaret performances to adult circus and large-scaled theatre productions. The annual event always brings with it a huge platform for culture, attempting to appeal to every taste while also expanding these tastes and setting people on the ever-interesting course of discovery. While it does this, there's a little pop-up base from which Sydney Festival operates, the Sydney Festival Village in Hyde Park, inviting everyone in this beautiful city to come and enjoy a unique and wonderful atmosphere for no cost at all.
On a beautiful and warm Sunday, the Sydney Festival's So Frenchy So Chic In The Park held its celebration of all things French at St John's College, Sydney University. A great lineup of artists performed including Francois & The Atlas Mountain, Emilie Simon, Le Femme and The Dø (pictured above). Photos by Johnny Au.