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[2 Sep 2012 | No Comment | 3,373 views]
Terrain is where spirit and place meet

This new full length work by choreographer Frances Rings is comprised of nine short pieces, beautifully sitched into a patchwork of landscape inspired wonder. The accessibility of this format impressed me. It is an unique invitation to experience these artists’ interpretation of the indigenous people’s relationship to country, in particular to the vast and changeable waterway, Lake Eyre.

ings’ choreography is idiosyncratic, which, for a 65 minute piece with costume, design and music changes providing colour and impetus, is not such a bad thing. Common themes and motifs linked the short works with a signature mood of fluid connectivity…

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[23 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 6,152 views]
The Write Stuff: Business Writing Workshops in Adelaide

Seeing a ‘there’ where a ‘their’ or a ‘they’re’ should be makes my teeth itch. The greengrocer who sells advocados and brocolli will set them on edge, but I’m trying. It was actually Stephen Fry’s animated essay on language that set me on the road to recovery in my battle against my own judgemental ways. My journey on Twitter has placed me in the company of such wonderful people that I would be undeserving of their support and friendship should I choose to pick up on every misplaced apostrophe, every to that wants an extra o or every loose that needs to lose one. But then a newsletter arrived from my daughter’s school containing two simple, but gratingly obvious apostrophe crimes, and I realised that I could easily overlook causal errors, provided I knew one understood the correct way in the first place. Especially in a professional setting.

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[22 Jun 2012 | No Comment | 4,538 views]
What I Think When I Think About Dancing: A first attempt

A review by Angela McDonald Booth of an ACArts 3rd Year dance students performance with direction and choreography by Paul Gazzola.

It’s just as well I’m not dancing professionally anymore. I have terrible ball skills. This preview evening for the 3rd year dance students at ACArts began with a reworking of the 2004 piece PROJECT – a work that uses games and play as a means to discuss the choreographic process. As we picked our way across the performance space to our seats, we underwent a transformation from audience to sporting crowd as two teams of dancers competed in familiar tournaments with balls, hackey sacks as well as their physicality alone. Culminating in a very entertaining hybrid display of sporting skill and team work that warmed up dancers and audience alike, this game more importantly asks questions about the nature of performance and choreography…

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[28 May 2012 | 2 Comments | 8,683 views]
A review of the Australian Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet in Adelaide

The Adelaide season of Romeo and Juliet at the Adelaide Festival Centre began on Friday May 25 and runs for six nights only until Wednesday May 30. It is part of the Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary season.

Angela McDonald Booth’s experiences with Graeme Murphy’s choreography spans from his Sydney Dance Company works Daphis and Chloe in 1989 to Fornicon in 1995.

Read Angela’s review of Adelaide’s opening night…

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[23 May 2012 | No Comment | 4,741 views]
The Australian Ballet presents Romeo and Juliet in Adelaide

The Adelaide season of Romeo and Juliet at the Adelaide Festival Centre begins on Friday May 25 and runs for six nights only. It is part of the Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary season.

Angela McDonald Booth’s experiences with Graeme Murphy’s choreography spans from his Sydney Dance Company works Daphis and Chloe in 1989 to Fornicon in 1995.

Read Angela’s preview of Murphy’s adaptation of one of her favourite, and one of the world’s best known ballets. And stay tuned to a review of the opening night performance here on adelaidetweet.com

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[21 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 8,697 views]
Fringe Reviews: Unspoken Language, Sringaar, Cinderella – The Untold Story

To wrap up 2012′s fantastic Adelaide Fringe festival, three more reviews of dance performances by Angela McDonald Booth.
Unspoken Language
If the reason for the first 3o minutes of Unspoken Language was to establish the dancers’ styles and demonstrate their ability to improvise then it could have been 15 minutes shorter. I enjoyed the somewhat maddening and single-minded movement of the dancers working in very strict one-dimensional planes, one in profile, one seated in a central, forward facing sofa and the other facing the rear of the space. This section, as explained …

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[20 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 8,915 views]
Adelaide Fringe Review: Anything Goes Cabaret

Angela McDonald Booth presents another Adelaide Fringe cabaret review…

Anything Goes Cabaret – Venus VampQuite apart from the sensation that I was sitting in a strip club with my grandparents (yes, the audience demographic really was at that end of the age spectrum), an uneasy feeling settled over me during this performance. I suppose, in part, that was the point. As a Weimar Berlin-styled evening of burlesque, boylesque and drag acts, a certain darkness was to be expected in Anything Goes Cabaret.

There was something more, however, that held me back from enjoying the lusty and sensous experience promised by the mysterious Blue Angel, our MC for the evening…

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[15 Mar 2012 | 6 Comments | 5,682 views]
Etica: Adelaide’s Ethical Pizzeria e Mozzarella Bar

The philosophy of thinking about where I put my food dollar extends from my home into the restaurants at which I like to eat. So many wonderful South Australian restaurants are now proudly boasting the free range, organic and sustainable origins of their produce. There are still many that boast grain-fed of course, and sadly, those who do not offer any information at all, let alone train their staff in this field.

After long and considered planning, a new Pizza Bar had finally opened in the Adelaide CBD and I was so thrilled that I made a time for dinner in between my crazy Adelaide Fringe show viewing schedule as soon as I could.

Etica: Ethical Pizzeria e Mozzarella Bar is the brain child of Melissa Merola and Federico Pisanelli…

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[12 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 2,908 views]
Adelaide Fringe Review: Ghost Town: Inhabitants of the Abandoned City

Of all the shortcomings of this dance theatre exploration, and unfortunately, there were several, the biggest one was the misuse of the space. For a work whose purpose was to investigate the notion of an abandoned city, this was a missed opportunity.

Stepping into the (now deserted) fourth level of the Adelaide Myer Centre was reminiscent of the early and shortlived days of “Dazzleland” where a roller coaster once whizzed above our heads and the centre was full of hustle and bustle. A perfect setting, in hindsight, for some of the themes in this The 8068 Project production. But it was not to be.

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[12 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 6,140 views]
Fringe Review: Slapdash Galaxy & Swamp Juice

Slapdash Galaxy is the latest showcase by shadow puppetry genius and all round madman Jeff Achtem. Presented at The Palace theatre at the Garden of Unearthly Delights, this was my first foray into Achtem’s world, and later in the week I experienced the award winning Swamp Juice.

With a nod to retro sci-fi movies, Slapdash Galaxy is a tale of two brothers’ adventures in space. Somehow in the mayhem, it has a simplicity of plot and a delicate sense of character development and storytelling. The audience were propelled through the narrative while being awed by the skills of this performer. This is the magic of theatre at it’s very best.

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[6 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 5,984 views]
Adelaide Fringe Review: False Messiah

Self described as a contemporary sideshow artist, Aerial Manx is the writer, creator and performer in this unbelievable display of skill, grace and dedication.

To simply tout him as a one man circus, however, somehow cheapens this experience. Don’t be misled. There is nothing fancy here – this is a Fringe show, through and through. The Carry on Theatre at Gluttony is equipped simply with plastic chairs for the audience and modest, but deliberately and carefully laid props and equipment on the small raised stage for Manx himself. He greets his audience personally, collects tickets and checks his microphone settings as he banters with the audience and prepares himself and the stage for the performance.

This is the first clue that Manx is something different, that the audience is in for something unexpected.

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[5 Mar 2012 | One Comment | 2,864 views]
Adelaide Fringe Review: Dance Interrogations

To enter the Medina Treasury Tunnels for Dianne Reid’s Dance Interrogations is to surrender one’s comfortable role as an audience member. There are no chairs here. No stage. From the moment we enter this subterranean space, we are already participants in the performance.

We find Reid face to corner, clad in white hooded coveralls. My first thought was that my 20 year old self would have loved this. This forgotten place, curiously grim attire and a soundscape of animalistic bleating and braying had disturbing connotations. I must admit I thought we were in for something much more unsettling here.

Instead, she began simply; exploring the crumbling walls with scrabbling hands and feet, whole body tracing the textures of the room’s architecture…

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[24 Feb 2012 | One Comment | 2,421 views]
Fringe Review: The LoveBirds

I didn’t fall head over heels for The LoveBirds. Not entirely. For some, the effects of an encounter need to be revisited in the subconscious over time and this was certainly my experience. In other words, it has grown on me, but not without reservations.

One of the reasons I didn’t succumb instantly to the charms of this new and exotic cabaret production was that it wasn’t what I expected. For the most part, what the audience received was a far cry from the clever marketing campaign that promoted the quartet. The breathlessly worded and cheeky emails and tweets, the sublimely designed bohemian artwork, all whispered seduction and whimsy. Instead, the tone of the performance leaned more towards brash, in-your-face raunch and glitz. An assault on the senses, to be sure.

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[15 Feb 2012 | One Comment | 18,693 views]
Lumina Ensemble’s Medieval Christmas, in March!

After their successful 2011 concert of the same name, Lumina Vocal Ensemble will be presenting an entirely new collection of works for the 2012 Adelaide Fringe production of A Medieval Christmas.
Well known in local choral circles as the group to tackle unusual pieces, Lumina Vocal Ensemble aims to unearth and perform rare or seldom heard medieval choral works and contemporary Australian compositions. The ensemble have regularly presented independent concerts since it’s foundation in 1999 and also maintain a dedicated YouTube channel which boasts over 200,000 hits. The annual Adelaide Fringe festival …

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[9 Feb 2012 | One Comment | 3,795 views]
From the ground up: Mound of Dirt project

In landscape architecture there is an “in between” space that a site scheduled for design and construction must inhabit. It no longer resembles it’s former purpose but has not yet been transformed into it’s new reality. Is it just a mound of dirt? How can one make this moment, this seemingly unimportant and transitional moment into something beautiful, engaging and interesting, something more than a site-in-waiting?

These are the concepts that Billie Cook, independent dance artist based at HQ studios in Richmond, and Adelaide landscape architecture firm Taylor Cullity Lethlean have set out to explore in this mixed discipline project, Mound of Dirt. In essence, it is performance art in architecture; dance developed and performed on a building site, exploring the nature of re-creating, transforming and occupying space.