This week at the Malthouse Theatre!

25 11 2009
MY DARLING PATRICIA

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12th November 2009 – 29th November 2009, at the Malthouse Theatre, Tower Theatre.

Presented by the Malthouse Theatre.

“FEW HAVE BEEN AS BOLD AND SPONTANEOUS AS SIX-YEAR-OLD MIKA AND HIS FIVE-YEAR-OLD SWEETHEART ANNA-BELL WHO, AFTER MULLING OVER THEIR OPTIONS IN SECRET, PACKED THEIR SUITCASES ON NEW YEAR’S EVE AND SET OFF TO TIE THE KNOT UNDER THE HEAT OF THE AFRICAN SUN.” – THE GUARDIAN (2008)

Inspired by this true story, My Darling Patricia re-imagines Africa as an ultimate escape from Australian Surburbia. Using puppetry, broken toys and performance, My Darling Patricia use the resilience of a child’s imagination as a powerful restorative tool that will transport you to an imaginary paradise. Where we might see abandon and chaos, a child discovers escape and delight; this is the world created in Africa.

Melbourne was introduced to My Darling Patricia in 2006 through their award winning production, Politely Savage and more recently, Night Garden (2009). Drawing inspiration from all corners of the creative universe, My Darling Patricia will use their unique approach to design and performance to transform the Tower Theatre into something remarkable.

In 2008, Malthouse Theatre handed over the Tower Theatre keys to the thrillingly unpredictable Black Lung Theatre. Their three-month residency resulted in a pair of works unlike anything seen before in our theatres. Now it is the turn of My Darling Patricia, a company who create highly distinctive visual theatre that is at once epic and intimate. Melbourne was introduced to them in 2006 through their award winning production, Politely Savage and more recently, Night Garden at Arts House Meat Market.

My Darling Patricia are a creative ensemble who fuse everyday domestic Australia and the far reaches of the fantastic, drawing inspiration from all corners of the creative universe – from the grandiose spectacles of Robert Wilson and Romeo Castellucci to the intricacies of animator Jan Svankmajer – theirs is a practice that ultimately defies categorisation. During My Darling Patricia’s residency, expect the Tower Theatre to be transformed into something quite remarkable.

“A POWERFUL, IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE – SENSE DRENCHED, CREEPY AND FULL OF ATMOSPHERE.“ – THE AUSTRALIAN (ON THE AWARD WINNING POLITELY SAVAGE)

“MY DARLING PATRICIA BLENDS EXTRAORDINARY CRAFT SKILLS IN DESIGN AND PUPPETRY WITH EVOCATIVE VIDEO IMAGERY AND PERFORMANCE TO PRODUCE A WORK OF VISUAL WONDER.” – REALTIME (ON NIGHT GARDEN)

CONCEIVED, DESIGNED AND CREATED
BY MY DARLING PATRICIA:
CONCEPT: SAM ROUTLEDGE
WRITER / DIRECTOR: HALCYON MACLEOD
DESIGNERS: CLARE BRITTON & BRIDGET DOLAN
COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER: DECLAN KELLY
LIGHTING DESIGNER: LUCY BIRKINSHAW
PUPPETS: BRYONY ANDERSON

CAST: CLARE BRITTON, JODIE LE VESCONTE, ALICE OSBORNE, MATT PREST, SAM ROUTLEDGE

Pricing: $25.50 – $32.50 (excludes booking fee)

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STRUCTURE AND SADNESS

25th November 2009 – 29th November 2009, at the Malthouse Theatre, Merlyn Theatre.
A LUCY GUERIN INC PRODUCTION PRESENTED BY THE MALTHOUSE THEATRE.


“A CHOREOGRAPHER IN RIGOROUS CONTROL OF HER MATERIAL, CREATING BEAUTIFULLY FOCUSED, POWERFULLY EVOCATIVE WORKS… GUERIN HAS CREATED A QUIETLY DEVESTATING AND POTENT WORK. NEW YORK’S LOSS HAS BEEN MELBOURNE’S GAIN.”- NEW YORK PRESS

“GUERIN LETS HER DANCERS’ BODIES EXPRESS THE PHYSICAL CONSEQUENCES OF CATASTROPHE AND EMBODY THE FRAGILE CONSTRUCTS THAT MOSTLY HOLD US UP.” THE NEW YORK TIMES -SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

On 15 October 1970, a 367-ft section of the West Gate Bridge, known as ‘span 10–11’, collapsed during construction. Approximately 2,000 tonnes of steel and concrete came crashing down into the muddy banks of the Yarra below, taking the lives of 35 workers, their machinery, tools and sheds with them.

In Structure and Sadness, Guerin’s unique movement vocabulary is based on the engineering principles of compression, suspension, torsion and failure. On stage, the six performers construct a precarious world teetering on the point of collapse.

Since its world premiere for the 2006 Melbourne International Arts Festival, this arresting production has been presented at the Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival and in 2009 toured the globe to Frankfurt, Ludwigsberg, Dublin and New York. Malthouse Theatre is thrilled to invite Lucy Guerin Inc to perform this muchanticipated and exclusive Melbourne return season in the Merlyn Theatre.

CHOREOGRAPHER LUCY GUERIN
ORIGINAL MUSIC GERALD MAIR
MOTION GRAPHICS MICHAELA FRENCH
SET AND LIGHTING DESIGNERS
BLUEBOTTLE: BEN COBHAM AND ANDREW LIVINGSTON
COSTUMES PAULA LEVIS
DRAMATURGE MARYANNE LYNCH
PRODUCERS FOR LUCY GUERIN INC MICHAELA COVENTRY
AND ANGHARAD WYNNE-JONES

PERFORMED BY
FIONA CAMERON
KYLE KREMERSKOTHEN
LINA LIMOSANI
HARRIET RITCHIE
BYRON PERRY
LEE SERLE

 

Pricing: $25.50 – $39.50 (excludes booking fee)

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16th – 22nd November at the Malthouse Theatre!

15 11 2009
MY DARLING PATRICIA

AFRICAAfrica_low_production-content_main-centre_column

12th November 2009 – 29th November 2009, at the Malthouse Theatre, Tower Theatre.

Presented by the Malthouse Theatre.

“FEW HAVE BEEN AS BOLD AND SPONTANEOUS AS SIX-YEAR-OLD MIKA AND HIS FIVE-YEAR-OLD SWEETHEART ANNA-BELL WHO, AFTER MULLING OVER THEIR OPTIONS IN SECRET, PACKED THEIR SUITCASES ON NEW YEAR’S EVE AND SET OFF TO TIE THE KNOT UNDER THE HEAT OF THE AFRICAN SUN.” – THE GUARDIAN (2008)

Inspired by this true story, My Darling Patricia re-imagines Africa as an ultimate escape from Australian Surburbia. Using puppetry, broken toys and performance, My Darling Patricia use the resilience of a child’s imagination as a powerful restorative tool that will transport you to an imaginary paradise. Where we might see abandon and chaos, a child discovers escape and delight; this is the world created in Africa.

Melbourne was introduced to My Darling Patricia in 2006 through their award winning production, Politely Savage and more recently, Night Garden (2009). Drawing inspiration from all corners of the creative universe, My Darling Patricia will use their unique approach to design and performance to transform the Tower Theatre into something remarkable.

In 2008, Malthouse Theatre handed over the Tower Theatre keys to the thrillingly unpredictable Black Lung Theatre. Their three-month residency resulted in a pair of works unlike anything seen before in our theatres. Now it is the turn of My Darling Patricia, a company who create highly distinctive visual theatre that is at once epic and intimate. Melbourne was introduced to them in 2006 through their award winning production, Politely Savage and more recently, Night Garden at Arts House Meat Market.

My Darling Patricia are a creative ensemble who fuse everyday domestic Australia and the far reaches of the fantastic, drawing inspiration from all corners of the creative universe – from the grandiose spectacles of Robert Wilson and Romeo Castellucci to the intricacies of animator Jan Svankmajer – theirs is a practice that ultimately defies categorisation. During My Darling Patricia’s residency, expect the Tower Theatre to be transformed into something quite remarkable.

“A POWERFUL, IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE – SENSE DRENCHED, CREEPY AND FULL OF ATMOSPHERE.“ – THE AUSTRALIAN (ON THE AWARD WINNING POLITELY SAVAGE)

“MY DARLING PATRICIA BLENDS EXTRAORDINARY CRAFT SKILLS IN DESIGN AND PUPPETRY WITH EVOCATIVE VIDEO IMAGERY AND PERFORMANCE TO PRODUCE A WORK OF VISUAL WONDER.” – REALTIME (ON NIGHT GARDEN)

CONCEIVED, DESIGNED AND CREATED
BY MY DARLING PATRICIA:
CONCEPT: SAM ROUTLEDGE
WRITER / DIRECTOR: HALCYON MACLEOD
DESIGNERS: CLARE BRITTON & BRIDGET DOLAN
COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER: DECLAN KELLY
LIGHTING DESIGNER: LUCY BIRKINSHAW
PUPPETS: BRYONY ANDERSON

CAST: CLARE BRITTON, JODIE LE VESCONTE, ALICE OSBORNE, MATT PREST, SAM ROUTLEDGE

Pricing: $25.50 – $32.50 (excludes booking fee)

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Melbourne International Arts Festival is here !!

12 10 2009

logoMelbourne International Arts Festival is Australia’s premier celebration of international performing and visual arts and Melbourne’s flagship cultural event.

Since first being staged in 1986 as the third Spoleto Festival (with Spoleto, Italy, and Charleston, USA), Melbourne Festival quickly forged an unique identity and remains the only festival in Australia to be born from international heritage.

Held over 17 days each October, Melbourne Festival is the pre-eminent destination festival in the nation, exclusively debuting and premiering some of the finest national and international artists and companies.

Each Festival brings an unparalleled feast of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and International companies and artists to Melbourne.

Through excellence, diversity and accessibility, Melbourne Festival presents the best possible artistic experience to as many people as possible. It proudly offers a wide variety of venues and ticket prices, plus many free events.

The Artistic Director for the 2009 and 2010 Festivals is Brett Sheehy.

The 2009 Melbourne International Arts Festival will take place between
9 – 24 October.