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Anya Anastasia presents – ROGUE ROMATIC

Serenades from a Delinquent Diva Contemporary, bold, sparkling, sexy and packed with punchy humor this new work from Anya Anastasia follows on from her award winning hit Torte E Mort: Songs of Cake and Death.

Feisty, feminist, fierce, multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed cabaret femme fatale
Anya Anastasia has gone ROGUE!

Rogue Romantic is the follow up from Anya’s latest award winning show Torte e Mort: Songs
of Cake and Death that won awards, hearts and stars all over Australia.

The limited season of this new work will run from Wednesday March 29 to Sunday April 2 at
the beautiful Melba Spiegeltent, Collingwood.

Armed with a biting wit, fuelled by a lust for revenge and backed up by her new kick-ass full
band Anya’s Rogue Romantic is a seductive and exhilarating night of music, theatre and fun.
A night filled with electrifying twists, hilarious physical comedy, intense audience interaction and Roque should draw out a titter or two. Audiences will experience the thrill of this extravagant, glamorous and off-kilter diva right in their very laps (literally)!

Channelling Yma Sumac and Shirley Bassey, Anya’s vocals range from husky cabaret to operatic soprano, to the delight of cabaret, live music and theatre lovers.

Rogue Romantic follows hot on the heels of her smash hit 2016 Edinburgh Fringe season of ‘Torte e Mort: Songs of Cake and Death’ which also won The 2016 Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award for Best Cabaret.

Now we can bear witness to this multi-talented artist as she smashes the stage with a star-studded band and all new original songs.

Rogue Romantic is directed by Wes Snelling, with dramaturgy by Clare Bartholomew (Die Roten Punkte), and musical direction by Lucian McGuiness (Scotch and Soda, Company).
Don’t miss the performer critics and audiences alike are labelling “a major MAJOR talent” Stage Whispers.

Tickets are limited, so book now at trybooking.com

Event Details
Anya Anastasia presents

ROGUE ROMATIC
Serenades from a Delinquent Diva.
Melba Spiegeltent,
35 Johnston St, Collingwood

Dates: Wednesday 29 March to Sunday 2 April, 2017
Times: 8.00pm
Tickets: Adult – $30
Concession – $25
Parental guidance recommended (PG)
Bookings: trybooking.com

Website: anyaanastasia.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/anyaanastasiaartist
Video Content: anyaanastasia.com/gallery/video/

 

Chunky Move announce Next Move 2017 Commission

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Dancer and Choreographer, James Batchelor has been announced as the recipient of Chunky Move’s prestigious Next Move 2017 commission. 

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Next Move, a program that directly supports and promotes Australia’s unique choreographic voice.  This milestone will be celebrated with the full-length commission by James Batchelor over a two-week season in November at the Chunky Move Studios, Southbank.

Next Move 2017 is not only an opportunity to develop a new contemporary work presented by Chunky Move it also includes opportunities for national and international touring.

A pivotal and unprecedented platform for Australian independent dance makers, Next Move has commissioned a range of Australian artists to create new works, offering them full creative control and access to the resources and producing expertise of Chunky Move.

‘It is wonderful to see Chunky Move’s Next Move program reach its 10th anniversary this year. Over the past ten years, the program has a proud and celebrated history, having provided unprecedented opportunities to many independent choreographers, performers and creatives.  With the support of our government partners, Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria, we are proud to contribute to choreographic development in Australia and to nurture a vibrant contemporary dance scene.  We are thrilled to welcome James Batchelor as this year’s Next Move recipient and look forward to seeing him bring his artistic voice to Chunky Move’, says Anouk van Dijk, Artistic Director, Chunky Move.

‘I am so excited to have this opportunity to create a new work with Chunky Move’, says James Batchelor. ‘There have been so many inspiring works commissioned through the Next Move program and I am absolutely honoured to be part of this initiative that supports independent choreographers. This being the 10th year of the Next Move program, I am looking forward to working with Chunky Move and my collaborators to re-imagine what is possible. We will be working hard throughout the year on our creation and developing new ways to engage with audiences in the studio and online.’

James Batchelor’s mission as an artist is to make work that inspires curiosity. To shift assumptions, widen awareness and create possibility. He strives to find ways that dance can be a conversation, collaboration and exchange with other disciplines and communities. His work is particular in how it responds to context, from conception to presentation; it strongly considers how a performance exists within a specific space and time. James’ projects have been presented by major festivals and venues around the world in theatres, galleries, museums and public contexts.

Previous recipients of Next Move include Stephanie Lake, Atlanta Eke, Antony Hamilton, Adam Wheeler, Benjamin Hancock, Melanie Lane and Jo Lloyd and Nicola Gunn.

Chunky Move is Victoria’s flagship contemporary dance company and Next Move is their commitment to developing the next generation of leading dance makers. For the past nine years, they have commissioned a range of Australian artists to create new works, offering them full creative control and access to the resources and producing expertise of the Company.

Crossfade

The Melba Spiegeltent – 19–21 January 2017
Metamorphis Theatre

 

Crossfade is an interactive and provocative exploration of gender, sexuality and identity. Bryan Smith, Lily Fish, Mis Fit, Jessaeme St James, Jessi Lewis, Timothy Treasure and Kiki Targe weave together an eclectic series of short performances with cross-dressing, brief BDSM, nudity and elaborate costumes to create this anti-structure, collaborative cabaret.

Exploring taboos and challenging norms, these performances briefly dip into various characters’ perspectives. A young schoolboy professes his desires to the devil, quietly proclaiming, “When I grow up, I want to be very, very rich, very, very famous, and very… very… sexually attractive…” From a comparatively cynical perspective, a young woman’s seductive striptease transitions into tawdry vulgarity, challenging the objectification and illusory glamour.

Crossfade demonstrates skilful use of space and interaction prior and throughout the performance. A cast member approaches seated guests before the show commences, false eyelashes fluttering while blowing a seductive, glitter-filled kiss. Challenging the barrier between audience and performer as much as it challenges the lines between gender roles, the cast engage with audience members throughout the performance. Pauses, lingering stares and unsettling smiles communicate wordlessly as they spread throughout the space, including walking through audience seats.

The performance toys with LGBTQI tropes, breathing new life into old clichés to deliver an emphatic, defiant ‘fuck you’ to gender and sexual identity norms. From big-haired, exaggeratedly feminine cross-dressing to the literal closet doors from which the actors enter and exit centre stage, subtlety takes a back seat.

Closing on a powerful and somewhat unsettling note with Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker, this multi-layered visual narrative is an intense experience. Crossfade makes a statement, and that statement is loud, proud and defiant.

Cirque du Soleil ‘KOOZA’ opens to rave reviews and a standing ovation!

GUY LALIBERTE, DAVID SHINER, SERGE ROY, STEPHANE ROY, JEAN-FRANCOIS COTE, CLARENCE FORD, MARIE-CHANTALE VAILLANCOURT, MARTIN LABRECQUE, JONATHAN DEANS, LEON ROTHENBERG, FLORENCE CORNET, ANDRE SIMARD, DANNY ZEN, ROGE FRANCOEUR, BENOIT MATHIEU

Written and Directed by David Shiner

KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil celebrates Melbourne Premiere under the Big Top at Flemington Racecourse in front of a star-studded crowd!

Melbourne gives KOOZA a standing ovation and glowing reviews!

Melbourne, VIC – January 27, 2017 – Cirque du Soleil celebrated its return to Melbourne last week with the official premiere performance of its all-new production, KOOZA, on Friday January 20.

The opening night took place under the famous blue-and-yellow Big Top at Flemington Racecourse and was attended by a star-studded crowd who gave the show a full and rapturous standing ovation.

Celebrities that attended the Melbourne Premiere included:

Zoe Badwi Shareena Clanton Asher Keddie Robert Murphy
Pettifleur Berenger Joel Creasey Jordan Lewis Eddie Perfect
Carla Bonner Adam D’Sylva Felix Mallard Ash Pollard
Harley Bonner Alicia Gardiner Susie McLean Peter Siddle
Clare Bowditch Dave Graney Catherine McClements Billy Slater
Jacquie Brennan Barry Hall Lisa McCune Lily Van der Meer
Lauren Brant Ella Hooper Andrew Morley Candice Wyatt
Lee Chan Darren & Dea Jolly Marc Murphy Jack Ziebell

It’s not just the audiences that love KOOZA. The Melbourne critics’ reviews are in and they are glowing:

“For sheer spectacle, it has no equal… Uniting stellar production values with the finest acrobats from across the globe, the show will boggle and astonish just about anyone lucky enough to see it.” The Sunday Age

“KOOZA is Cirque du Soleil at its best… a delightfully entertaining extravaganza.”
The Herald Sun

KOOZA is now playing under the Big Top at Flemington Racecourse until March 26. For show and ticket information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza

About KOOZA

Cirque du Soleil rediscovers its origins with the company’s eighth Big Top show to tour Australia. A return to the intimate and fundamental human elements of circus, KOOZA combines thrilling acrobatic performance with the art of clowning. The international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors present heart-stopping feats and laugh-out loud antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats. With nods to vintage children’s storybooks, Mexico’s Day of the Dead, opulent Indian designs and Las Vegas showgirl glamour, KOOZA is a visual east. We follow The Innocent as he takes a journey of self-discovery through a comic kingdom of eccentric characters, electrifying thrills and out-of-the-box surprises.

For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza

Stay connected with KOOZA on Twitter: @Cirque #KOOZA
Follow KOOZA and Cirque du Soleil on:
Facebook / Instagram / YouTube / Tumblr / Google +

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – KOOZA – AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Melbourne – Now playing until March 26 2017, Flemington Racecourse
Perth – From April 13 2017, Belmont Park Racecourse, Victoria Park Drive (off Farmer Freeway), Burswood Tickets at www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza

MAKE THE NIGHT VIP ROUGE
The ultimate Cirque du Soleil experience with the best seats and access to the intimate VIP suite one hour before the show and at intermission, including delectable wines and hors d’oeuvres and take home souvenirs.

Sponsors

Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges Kirin as an official sponsor of the KOOZA Australian tour.

About Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities in over sixty countries on six continents.

 

Cirque du Soleil ‘KOOZA’

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GUY LALIBERTE, DAVID SHINER, SERGE ROY, STEPHANE ROY, JEAN-FRANCOIS COTE, CLARENCE FORD, MARIE-CHANTALE VAILLANCOURT, MARTIN LABRECQUE, JONATHAN DEANS, LEON ROTHENBERG, FLORENCE CORNET, ANDRE SIMARD, DANNY ZEN, ROGE FRANCOEUR, BENOIT MATHIEU

Written and Directed by David Shiner

Cirque du Soleil’s famous blue-and-yellow Big Top is now up at Flemington Racecourse and ready for an all-new, heart-stopping production!

 

KOOZA PREMIERES IN MELBOURNE ON JANUARY 20, 2017

Melbourne, VIC – January 16, 2017 – Cirque du Soleil’s trademark blue-and-yellow Big Top has been raised in Melbourne in preparation for the January 20 opening night of KOOZA, a sparkling, colourful homage to the traditions of circus.

More than 60 men and women worked for several hours pounding pegs, unfurling the canvas, and pushing up more than 100 supporting poles to raise the roof of the much loved Big Top. To see a video of the Big Top being raised, please click here.

One of the most acrobatically breathtaking shows in the Cirque du Soleil stable, KOOZA will be presented at Flemington Racecourse from Friday January 20 to Sunday 26 March 2017. For show and ticket information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza

About the Big Top and the Cirque du Soleil village:

• The Big Top seats approximately 2,600 people.

• On average, the site takes nine days to set up. This includes installation of entrance and rehearsal tents, administrative offices and the on-site kitchen. It usually only requires three days to take it all down again.

• The Big Top stands 20 metres high and is 51 metres in diameter.

• The canvas for the tent and its 11 tunnels weighs approximately 5000 kilograms.

• The artistic tent includes a wardrobe area, dressing rooms, a fully equipped training area and a physiotherapy room.

• The kitchen is the heart of the village. It serves three meals a day to 300 people six days a week and serves as a meeting place for cast and crew.

About KOOZA

Cirque du Soleil rediscovers its origins with the company’s eighth Big Top show to tour Australia. A return to the intimate and fundamental human elements of circus, KOOZA combines thrilling acrobatic performance with the art of clowning. The international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors present heart-stopping feats and laugh-out loud antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats. With nods to vintage children’s storybooks, Mexico’s Day of the Dead, opulent Indian designs and Las Vegas showgirl glamour, KOOZA is a visual feast. We follow The Innocent as he takes a journey of self-discovery through a comic kingdom of eccentric characters, electrifying thrills and out-of-the-box surprises.

For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza

Stay connected with KOOZA on Twitter: @Cirque #KOOZA

Follow KOOZA and Cirque du Soleil on: Facebook / Instagram / YouTube / Tumblr / Google +

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – KOOZA – AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Melbourne – From January 20 to March 26 2017, Flemington Racecourse

Perth – From April 13 2017, Belmont Park Racecourse, Victoria Park Drive (off Farmer Freeway), Burswood Tickets at www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza

MAKE THE NIGHT VIP ROUGE

The ultimate Cirque du Soleil experience with the best seats and access to the intimate VIP suite one hour before the show and at intermission, including delectable wines and hors d’oeuvres.

Sponsors

Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges Kirin as the official sponsor of the KOOZA Australian tour. About Cirque du Soleil From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment.

The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities in over sixty countries on six continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com

To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit www.onedrop.org KOOZA

Tim Finn’s White Cloud at the Art Centre Melbourne

By Tim Finn and Ken Duncum with film by Sue Healey

“Salvage something that we need to remember From the wreck of history
Family images of fading splendour
Where they lead I’m following…”

– Tim Finn, White Cloud

Tim Finn, legendary New Zealand singer-songwriter, member of Crowded House and founding member of Split Enz, will perform White Cloud – a musing meditative performance about family, identity and home – this January at Arts Centre Melbourne.

White Cloud alchemises observation and contemplation, photographs and journals, narrative and music to deliver a potent celebration of family, ancestry and what it means to be Pakeha (a Māori language term for New Zealanders who are of European descent).

Through songs and stories, Tim introduces us to family members past and present, whose voices echo through journals, letters and memoirs – matched by dreamlike imagery drawn from 8mm home movies shot largely by his father, Richard Finn.

An inspired collaboration between Finn, leading New Zealand playwright/screenwriter Ken Duncum and video artist Sue Healey, White Cloud has moved audiences and critics alike in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and the UK.

 

Tim Finn
Tim Finn

“We always envisaged White Cloud as an immersive experience, not a narrative in the traditional sense. More a series of impressions of people, places and our family backgrounds, which together tell a larger story,” explains Duncum.

A richly textured blend of beautifully melodic music and poetically evocative prose brought to life in the intimate confines of the Fairfax Studio, this inventive reflection on the lives of families growing up in New Zealand, loosening ties to the UK and encountering Maori culture is not to be missed.

Arts Centre Melbourne presents
White Cloud: Tim Finn
Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
13 – 15 January, 2017
Book at artscentremelbourne.com.au

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ARRIVES IN MELBOURNE NEXT MONTH WITH KOOZA

Written and Directed by David Shiner

The perfect Christmas gift for the whole family Cirque du Soleil will arrive in Melbourne next month with the new production, KOOZA. One of the most acrobatically breathtaking shows in the Cirque du Soleil stable, KOOZA is a colourful, sparkling homage to the traditions of circus and combines thrilling acrobatics with the art of clowning.

Photos Matt Beard Costumes Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt 2012
GUY LALIBERTE, DAVID SHINER, SERGE ROY, STEPHANE ROY, JEAN-FRANCOIS COTE, CLARENCE FORD, MARIE-CHANTALE VAILLANCOURT, MARTIN LABRECQUE, JONATHAN DEANS, LEON ROTHENBERG, FLORENCE CORNET, ANDRE SIMARD, DANNY ZEN, ROGE FRANCOEUR, BENOIT MATHIEU

KOOZA will open under the famous blue-and-yellow Big Top at Flemington Racecourse on Friday January 20, 2017. KOOZA opened to rave reviews and a standing ovation in Brisbane recently. The Courier Mail said, “This is Cirque du Soleil’s pinnacle… so spectacular, so obviously death-defying, so totally insane that I found myself with my hands over my face. We all love Cirque du Soleil but this time they have outdone themselves. And I haven’t laughed so much in ages.”

For those looking for the perfect Christmas gift to treat every single member of the family, KOOZA is your answer. Over 7 million people around the world have already enjoyed the magic, wonder and incredible feats of KOOZA. Tickets for the Melbourne season of KOOZA are available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza or by phone on toll free 1800 036 685.

Photos Matt Beard Costumes Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt 2012
Photos Matt Beard Costumes Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt 2012

Fun Facts about KOOZA:

  • All of KOOZA’s performers apply their own make-up. This can take up to two hours! – The Teeterboard act in KOOZA flings artists into the air where they execute quintuple twisting somersaults… and that’s just the prelude!
  • The name KOOZA is inspired by the Sanskrit word “koza,” which means “box,” “chest” or “treasure,” chosen because one of the underlying concepts of the production is the idea of a “circus in a box.”
  • KOOZA’s beautiful costumes were designed by Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt. She drew inspiration from a wide variety of sources including graphic novels, the painter Klimt, Mad Max movies, time travel movies, India and Eastern Europe, clock movements, tin soldiers, marching bands and more. This all merges to create a colourful look that alludes to Alice in Wonderland, Baron Munchaüsen and The Wizard of Oz.
  • There are more than 175 costumes and 160 hats in the show—1,080 items in all, including all the shoes, props, wigs.
  • The contortionists’ costumes appear to have metal chains and jewels on them. The metallic chains are actually made of elastic and the jewels are silicone, to prevent any injury to the performers.
  • One army costume features more than 400 individually sewn metallic flaps to create the effect that it is armored.

About KOOZA

The international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors present heart-stopping feats and laugh-out loud antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats. With nods to Carnivale, the Day of the Dead, military fashion, rock and roll and 1920s cotton club glamour, KOOZA is a visual feast. We follow The Innocent as he takes a journey of self-discovery through a comic kingdom of eccentric characters, electrifying thrills and out-of-the-box surprises.

“Spell-binding feats have you gasping… remarkable acrobatic and other physical skills wrapped up in a slick, lavish staging… the performers are exceptional.” The Sunday Telegraph, Sydney

“KOOZA delivers in all areas…never fails to elicit gasps from the audience… packs a thrill of danger… the final scene is as touching as anything I’ve seen from this company.” Sydney Morning Herald

“tribute to the golden days of circus…joyous to behold… human beings doing bizarre things for the enjoyment of others and getting a huge kick out of it.” The Australian

“Super heroes don’t exist in Marvel comics – they live, breathe and perform each night under the Grand Chapiteau. You simply have to buy a ticket. Trust me, you will not regret this pre-Xmas purchase.” Dance Hub Magazine

“Cirque du Soleil is never just a circus! It’s a bright, acrobatic entertainment cavalcade that balances thrills and laughter, daredevil and slapstick in an expertly choreographed and perfectly timed performance.” Stage Whispers

For more information and tickets, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza

AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Brisbane – Now playing to January 8 2017, Skygate Brisbane Airport (near DFO)

Melbourne – From January 20 2017, Flemington Racecourse

Perth – From April 13 2017, Belmont Park Racecourse, Victoria Park Drive (off Farmer Freeway), Burswood

MAKE THE NIGHT VIP ROUGE

The ultimate Cirque du Soleil experience with the best seats and access to the intimate VIP suite one hour before the show and at intermission, including delectable wines and hors d’oeuvres and take home souvenirs.

Sponsors Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges Kirin as the official sponsor of the KOOZA Australian tour. About Cirque du Soleil Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities in over sixty countries on six continents. 

Circus 1903

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Step right up! The Circus is back and with Elephants!

In a world premiere event, the producers of the biggest selling magic show in the world (The Illusionists) have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers of War Horse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular with all the thrill and daredevil entertainment one would expect from the circus, with an exciting new twist.

Thanks to sensational puppetry on a never seen before scale, CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus puts puppet Elephants back in the ring by introducing the largest ever performing African elephant and her baby to international stages. The award-winning team of puppeteers and model makers who created the UK National Theatre’s War Horse have designed, built and brought to life two stunningly beautiful elephants for CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus. In addition, there has been a national competition through the media for a member of the public to name the baby elephant. That winner will attend the Media Call and the name revealed.

CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus brings together the very best traditional circus performers from all around the world. Acts will include – a cycle artist from Germany; juggling from France; rola bola from Russia; hand to hand acrobatics from the Ukraine; an high wire act from Mexico; and a knife thrower from Brazil.

CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus will open in Canberra on 1 December and then tour to Sydney and Melbourne.

TAGG reporter Murray Schoorman will be in attendance on Melbourne’s opening night 4 Jan 2016 and states “What a way to welcome the new year! This world class event is sure to impress”

Cirque du Soleil arrives in Melbourne next month with KOOZA!

Cirque du Soleil will arrive in Melbourne next month with the new production, KOOZA. One of the most acrobatically breathtaking shows in the Cirque du Soleil stable, KOOZA is a colourful, sparkling homage to the traditions of circus and combines thrilling acrobatics with the art of clowning. KOOZA will open under the famous blue-and-yellow Big Top at Flemington Racecourse on Friday January 20, 2017.

GUY LALIBERTE, DAVID SHINER, SERGE ROY, STEPHANE ROY, JEAN-FRANCOIS COTE, CLARENCE FORD, MARIE-CHANTALE VAILLANCOURT, MARTIN LABRECQUE, JONATHAN DEANS, LEON ROTHENBERG, FLORENCE CORNET, ANDRE SIMARD, DANNY ZEN, ROGE FRANCOEUR, BENOIT MATHIEU
GUY LALIBERTE, DAVID SHINER, SERGE ROY, STEPHANE ROY, JEAN-FRANCOIS COTE, CLARENCE FORD, MARIE-CHANTALE VAILLANCOURT, MARTIN LABRECQUE, JONATHAN DEANS, LEON ROTHENBERG, FLORENCE CORNET, ANDRE SIMARD, DANNY ZEN, ROGE FRANCOEUR, BENOIT MATHIEU

For those looking for the perfect Christmas gift to treat every single member of the family, KOOZA is your answer. Over 7 million people around the world have already enjoyed the magic, wonder and incredible feats of KOOZA.

 

Photos: Matt Beard Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt ©2012 Cirque du Soleil

Vic Theatre Co: The Gathering

THE GATHERING. Thanks to the support of the City of Melbourne, Belinda Jenkin and William Hannagan are thrilled that their show will have its first professional staging in Melbourne produced by Vic Theatre Company and directed by Chris Parker at 45 Downstairs from November the 26th until December the 11th under the new name of ‘The Gathering.’

The Gathering by William Hannagan and Belinda Jenkin, first premiered in 2011 as ‘House Warming’ and was praised by critics as being ‘smart and spirited…musically complex…multi layered and accomplished…news, fast moving, impressive musical story telling’ (The Age), and ‘heart-warming to wrenching, to youthfully optimistic all in the same show’ (Theatre Press). In 2014, HouseWarming was presented in New York at Theatre Row, 42nd Street as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, with the support of Arts Victoria and the Anna Sosenko Trust.

The story is set on a dark and windy night. A summer storm is brewing. Six young friends gather for their first night in an old, rickety house – and the promise of a new start. It’s a house haunted by atrocities from the past, a house where no one’s secrets are safe, where any one of their histories could tear this group apart. But Tom is determined to fix his past mistakes: right old wrongs and revive old relationships. He won’t run away. Not again. Will these friendships survive the night or will the whispering walls cause a rift no amount of shared history can overcome?

“The Gathering is the future of Music Theatre in this country. Smart, Slick and Witty, it’s a new voice for the new generation” – Glenn Ferguson – Vic Theatre Company

THE LAST 5 YEARS which opens on the 25th November is based on a couple, once inspired by each other’s dreams, trying to stay connected as their paths begin to divide? Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed 2001 musical, The Last 5 Years, returns to Melbourne with an all-star duo of two-time Helpmann Award winner Verity Hunt-Ballard (Sweet Charity, Mary Poppins) and Josh Piterman (CATS, West Side Story).

The Last 5 Years tells the story of two twenty-somethings who fall in – and out – of love. Jamie (Piterman), an up-and-coming writer, struggles to balance his sudden success with his increasingly tumultuous love life. Meanwhile, Cathy (Hunt-Ballard), an aspiring actress, deals with the frustrations of her own career while watching her husband succeed from the sidelines. Jason Robert Brown’s much-loved musical looks forwards and backwards at the ups and downs of modern love and life.

“Josh and Verity are both dear friends of mine, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to work on this piece with them. 45 downstairs is a beautifully intimate space, which will really serve this production.” – Chris Parker – Director

The Gathering
Venue: 45 Downstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Dates: 26th November to 11th December
Times: November – 26th 4.00pm, 27th 3.00pm, 30th 7.30pm
December – 2nd 7.30pm, 3rd 8.30pm, 4th 3.00pm, 6th 7.30pm
8th 7.30pm, 10th 8.30pm, 11th 7.30pm
Tickets: $38-$42
Bookings: fortyfivedownstairs.com or 03 9662 9966
Running time 2 Hours 20 Minutes – Including 20 min Intermission

The Last 5 Years
Venue: 45 Downstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Dates: 25th November to 11th December
Times: November – 25th 7.30pm, 26th 8.30pm, 27th 7.30pm, 29th 7.30pm
December – 1st 7.30pm, 3rd 4.00pm 4th 7.30pm, 7th 7.30pm,
9th 7.30pm, 10th 4.00pm, 11th 3pm.
Tickets: $45-$50
Bookings: fortyfivedownstairs.com or 03 9662 9966
Running time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes – No intermission

Visit www.victheatrecompany.com for more information