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Interview: TORUK – The First Flight

Get ready for an artistic ride with Cirque du Soleil Toruk – the First Flight this November, with a storyline inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar. Be transported into the world of imagination and be amazed by the mythical tale set thousands of years before any humans ever set foot on the mesmerizing world – Pandora. We were given a chance to interview Peter Kismartoni, who began gymnastics at the age of 5 and had competed in many states, national and international competitions from age 10 till 24. Peter has been one of the acrobats for the show since 2015 and most of all the captain of many acts in TORK – The First Flight. Here is his story… 1) Can you tell us a little about your background? Growing up, I played many sports and played the violin, but always kept my main focus with gymnastics from an early age. I won a handful of state titles and an Australian championship in 2003. Once at University, while studying Myotherapy and Sports therapy, I started re-training …

WIN: Double Passes to The British Film Festival

The British Film Festival is returning for its fifth year and we have got 10 double passes to give away! Simply have a read of our top picks of The BFF and fill out the form below to get a chance to win one of the double passes. Competition closes on 23 October 2017 at 11:59 pm EST Terms & Conditions here. When: 26 Oct – 15 Nov 2017 Where: Check the participating cinemas here. More information: Check their website.  

Get your spook on with the Carnival of Lost Souls

Dare to enter the dark and magical world of a 19th century circus as The Carnival of Lost Souls tours through Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and  Brisbane this October/November, leaving a dizzying path of mystery and mayhem for audiences along the way. Nestled somewhere between the madness of a Tim Burton psychosis and the darkness of a David Lynch nightmare, The Carnival of Lost Souls tells the tragic tale of unrequited love & loss set amongst the splendour of a Victorian-era circus. Featuring some of Australia’s best physical entertainers, musicians & singers, this uniquely original “circus noir” spectacle delivers a twisted bent on the familiar Circus, Musical Theatre and Cabaret stage genres.  Backed by a highly emotive and original live music score by Platonic, audiences are taken on a brooding and mystical journey into the dark heart of a vintage circus fraternity where nothing is as it seems. Written and produced by Graham Coupland, founder of  Australia’s popular Gangster’s Ball, The Carnival of Lost Souls is a lavish production that showcases a breathtaking mix of performances …

Our picks: The British Film Festival

Take your own BFF to the BFF, as the Cunard British Film Festival returns to Melbourne, October 26 – Nov 15th. This year’s showings range from a shoe documentary to Nicole Kidman in a full punk get out. Here’s our top 4 for your viewing pleasure: Breathe If you’re a crier, get the tissues out. Based on a true story, Breathe is about Robin Cavendish who at only 28 is diagnosed with polio and given only months to live. Against the will of doctors, his wife Diana removes him from hospital and instead cares for Robin, determined to allow him to experience his lust for life. Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) and Clair Foy (The Crown) bring this story to life, with the film being produced in partnership by Robin and Diana’s son John Cavendish. Where are those tissues again? Read more here   Manolo: The Boy who made shoes for lizards A fascinating documentary about Manolo Blahnik, the man behind the worlds most wanted shoes. While Sex and the City may have rocketed the brand …

Fringe Review: “After Hours Cabaret Club”

Last night we were invited to check out the Fringe Festival edition of the After Hours Cabaret Club at the newly-relocated Wonderland Speigeltent – now located adjacent to Channel 7 Studios off Harbour Esplanade. You’d be excused for thinking you were in a twentieth-century underground cabaret club as you step into the intimate, slightly hazy confines of the Speigeltent, the jazz music cranks up, you take you seat and slip into their old-world style of classic ‘anything goes’ entertainment.  Hosted by a very talented Tash York (Desperettes, These Things Take Wine) – who also MC’s the club’s regular evenings at the Melba Speigeltent (in Collingwood) – the After Hours Cabaret Club mixes the best of old-world entertainment with a modern twist – offering a superb collection of talented, unique individuals for a top-value, highly entertaining Fringe collaboration.  The club features bite-size snippets of talent from some of the nations best burlesque, cabaret, vaudeville and old world sideshow, backed up by a fabulous five-piece band – it’s a little bit charming, a little bit naughty – …

Fish… not just another 4-letter word

We were lucky enough to be invited along to check out Fish, on it’s sold out opening night at the popular Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood, and despite what the name may imply, this latest piece from the team at the Rollercoaster Theatre Company actually had little to do with, well… fish. Instead the theme focused on another four-letter word – fear. Not the kind of ‘clown under the bed’, ‘monsters in the closet fear’, – the real, everyday, average person fears. Things like spiders, car horns, terrorists, overzealous romantic pursuits from management, getting sick again… etc. All of these topics were tackled by the talented cast in a slightly quirky, off beat performance which was a mix of sketch, song and dance – and included a hilarious yet humanising parody of Donald Trump. All in all, the show was quite magical, with lots of laughs despite the heavy content covered. A little political, a little wonderful – and real shame it wraps up after only 3 nights. A little about Rollercoaster Theatre Company Rollercoaster is made …

Interview with the Danish artist – Tine Bech

Light / Play is the first installation in the new QV Laneway Series: a seasonal program of ongoing interactive outdoor events, festivals and activations in the QV Square and surrounding laneways. The celebration of light and play heralds the end of winter, with events and installations until Sunday 10 September 2017. We were given the chance to meet Tine Bech, the artist behind the program and got to know her a little bit better. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background? I am an artist and researcher. I am Danish, but I now live and work in London. I create interactive and playable projects where the human experiences are at the centre. Despite living in an age which seems to offer unlimited forms of media communication, we still fundamentally crave a human connection, to find expression in a community and in dialogue. I am interested in how this can be achieved through play, through the creation of a particular environment, and by recognising and exploring the ways that technology has informed our …