Sat 3rd Nov 19:30 - 22:00 Holy Trinity Hall, Church St, Fortitude Valley
Guitar Brisbane and Magda Community Artz present The José Carbó Trio; an exquisite hour of music by Schubert, Faure, Debussy, Verdi and more with Australia’s premier baritone, José Carbó and spectacular emerging classical guitarists, Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi.
Telemann's Vivace Duo in E minor... just one of the exuberant pieces on Chris Norman & David Greenberg's program full of strathspeys, jigs, reels and baroque music TOMORROW evening at BrisWest Arts Centre. Book your tickets now. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg02qSuwYX8Chris Norman (8-keyed flute) and David Greenberg (baroque violin) play Telemann's 'Vivace' at the Vax Moto sessions from February 2012. The 'Vivace'' is from... ... See MoreSee Less
A taste of who's coming THIS FRIDAY, Chris Norman, who you may have heard playing without knowing it; he performed on the soundtrack of the multiple-Oscar-winning film Titanic and other feature films, and has made a couple of dozen recordings of folk music and of early music. www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVl-0VkrbHcThe Iron Ring (Chris Norman-Boxwood 2008). Chris composed this jig for his father, a Canadian engineer. To watch the whole video of the festival go to http:/... ... See MoreSee Less
Chris Norman and David Greenberg, two of the finest and most fun players of folk and baroque, are on their way to Magda's from Nova Scotia. Concert this Friday! www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlhwLLQOn88Chris Norman (8-key flute) and David Greenberg (fiddle) play a set of old Scots tunes at the Vax Moto sessions from February 2012. This set is recorded on th... ... See MoreSee Less
'The Third Beauty - Shakespeare's Women'
What a visual and aural feast is this poem created from the language of Shakespeare's female characters. It is not a story, but a sumptuous frolic inside the glories that he made the English language. Everything is a quote that in the beginning are handed by character name from one actor to another but soon evolve into woven statements, exclamations, mini scenes, sparks of emotional or visual inspiration or what you will. Michael Beh has researched and created this wonder through the texts, which I must say was stunning. I heard some people ask what it was about. Well that is for you to imagine. Words come with personal baggage and memories. some we hold in common and others are unique to ourselves alone. Most theatre is like this, but when there is no linear narrative it is even more so a work of brain manipulation. A work-out that will leave you more beautiful if not more toned.
Ravishingly gowned the actors were not only Elizabethan, but physical manifestations of the ages of Elizabeth I herself. We had the gentle and stunningly beautiful Patrick Shearer in bright flowers, the mid range Elizabeth of Andrew Fraser who also donned pants and top hat and the august power and vocal awesomeness of Warwick Comber about whom I have more to say shortly. They eventually stripped down and removed the artifice and all that remained was the honest person on whom we layer these theatrical icons. We dust them with make-up and plaster their face in ghostly white and bleeding red lips. These were what Michael called the Mages and to this we add the three Angels who assisted with props and tableaux. The gaunt and visually outstanding Gene Banyard, and also Laura Bissell and Cullen Trotter. They said nothing but added splendour to the production.
Highly formalised and in promenade form it was easy to follow, be led and observe from many angles Through the archways around posts and even be shoulder rubbing the actors as you both tried to position yourself against the same brick pillar. At one stage Patrick offered me some Fennel which was actually a piece of gold confetti so in keeping with the ceremonial aspects of the moment I received it into my mouth like communion. The whole experience is pure magic and oh so beautiful.
After the performance when I was left breathless, an immediate thought that came to mind was the productions of the amazing Lindsay Kemp who is art itself in his work and his life. I mentioned this to people. Unfortunately Lindsay passed away a few weeks ago at 80 and after a days work which he never stopped as a dancer and teacher and an inspiration (yes he is the one who inspired David Bowie and Kate Bush who both worked in his company. I then found myself talking over a wine to Warwick Comber at first about his thunderous voice and awesome presence that you really must hear and see. He too brought up Lindsay Kemp in reference to Michael's Michael Beh's inspired work and I was in such agreement. As it turned out to my great surprise and thrill he was in fact a member of the The Lindsay Kemp Company back around 1980. I have yet to remember the exact year I saw them here on first night and the opening night party I crashed, at a party at my place in Spring Hill to which the whole company and crew came after the show one night and stayed until sun up and then again backstage on the closing night for final farewells at Her Majesty's. I came home and checked my program and there it was Warwick Comber is listed in the cast as The Angel Gabriel. along with all the others I remember and many years later I became friends all over again with Lindsay on Facebook and also François Testory. This means it is most likely, as everyone came up to my house in a fleet of taxis, that Warwick and I actually met almost 38 years ago. Small world indeed. and this made last night's stunning performance even more special.
It is in the Underground Reservoir in Spring Hill and if you have not been there you really should while it is allowed to operate as a theatre, opera and musical venue, not that the Council provide any facilities. The atmosphere is very special in this historic building built by the convicts next to the Old Windmill which is the oldest European Building in Queensland. There are two distinct shows on one after the other. 'Julius Caesar' by HeartBeast Theatre followed by 'The Third Beauty' by The Curators which you can book together or separately.
Mage Warwick Comber
Mage Andrew Fraser
Mage Patrick Shearer
Angel Gene Banyard
Angel Laura Bissell
Angel Cullen Trotter
Director & Script Adapter Michael Beh
Production Designer Michael Beh
Costume Co-Designer & Realiser Jan Mandrusiak
Sound Designer Peter Crees
Stage Manager Reanne Duffy
Artistic Associate Helen Strube
Web Design & Ticketing Peter Crees
Videographer Calum Johnston
Photographer Leesa Dexter
Lighting Rigger Jason Harding
If you like Shakespeare and making your own art, join in with The Curators workshop on ACTING SHAKESPEARE on Sunday 14 Oct at 2 pm. It is for everyone, not just the actors amongst us. It will enliven your senses and fill you with joy. The cost includes food and a ticket to see the 5 pm performance of THE THIRD BEAUTY.
Our Monday night Foundation acting classes will be infused with A Midsummer Night's Dream. So our use of Shakespeare to make art continues unabated. ... See MoreSee Less
ARC Foundations, Extensions and Seniors classes begin for the last term this year in 2 weeks time. We have had to delay opening buy one week but we are so excited to be continuing on this journey with so many wonderful, talented people.