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In the loop June 26: quick picks


Suspiria, Dario Argenta Suspiria, Dario Argenta
Revelation Film Festival

Jack Sargeant once again offers an eclectic and comprehensive program for the 2014 instalment of Revelation: Perth International Film Festival. Highlights include 1970s prog-rock band Goblin performing their original soundtrack to Dario Argenta’s Suspiria; the opening night documentary feature Burn which follows fire-fighters in Detroit, city of extreme arsonists; and the Iranian drama Facing Mirrors about female liberation and transgender issues. There are also a host of documentaries with subjects such as Divine, John Fahey (the late, much celebrated American guitarist) and Pussy Riot. Then there’s RevCon, the associated conference and its associated conference RevCon Academic for the even deeper thinking film buff.
Revelation Perth International Film Festival, various venues, Perth, 4-12 July; www.revelationfilmfest.org/

Show Off, Performance Space

Justin Shoulder, The River Eats (2013) Justin Shoulder, The River Eats (2013)
photo Jordan Graham
One of the most arresting promotional images to float into my inbox this year is from Justin Shoulder’s The River Eats. A kind of Leigh Bowery meets Matthew Barney, Shoulder’s performances at Underbelly 2011 and Next Wave 2012 (where this show debuted) certainly impressed with their extravagant visual theatricality. The River Eats (3-13 July), is part of Performance Space’s Show Off program along with those popular culture tricksters Team MESS who are making a new cop show, Bingo Unit (10-13 July), and Roslyn Oades’ I’m Your Man (10-17 July), a hit in the 2012 Sydney Festival set in the world of boxing.
Performance Space, Show Off, til 17 July; Carriageworks; www.performancespace.com.au/2013/show-off-season/

Helium Season, Malthouse

Lord of the Flies, US-A-UM Lord of the Flies, US-A-UM
photo Marnya Rothe
The annual season of works by independent artists and collectives will roll out at Matlhouse from July through to September and the first two shows look particularly terrifying and tasty. New theatre company US-A-UM headed by Kip Williams (whose STC Under Milkwood impressed last year, see RT109) will present an all-female cast adaptation of William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies (28 June-14 July). The Public Studio also proved itself a complex force to be reckoned with in the recent production Until Then, Then (see RT114). This Will be Beautiful, their installation-come-film-come-performance, looks to similarly challenge theatrical expectations (19 July-3 August).
Malthouse Helium Season, 28 June-5 Oct, see website for following productions; www.malthousetheatre.com.au/helium-2013/

pulse:heart:beat, Synergy, TaikOz

TaikOz, pulse:heart:beat TaikOz, pulse:heart:beat
photo Karen Steains
This concert brings Sydney’s leading percussion outfits Synergy and TaikOz together in an epic drum-off. Program highlights include Masae Ikegawa’s Four Winds in Hachijo-daiko drum style using complex choreographed gestures; the rousing rhythmic complexity of Timothy Constable’s Cannons of Navarro; and Anton Lock’s epic Rhythm River, the title perhaps speaking for itself. Some works will be accompanied by video, both live and prerecorded by Tokyo Love-In, Chris Wilson, Colin Rich and Brad Kremer.
pulse:heart:beat, Synergy, TaikOz, City Recital Hall, 28-29 June; www.cityrecitalhall.com

Staging Broome Stories, Playwriting Australia

Staging Broome Stories, Playwriting Australia Staging Broome Stories, Playwriting Australia
photo Teik-Kim Pok
Since 2009 Playwriting Australia has been working with emerging writers in Broome to create full-length plays reflecting the diversity and uniqueness of the Kimberley region. After extensive workshopping at the National Playwriting Festival (2012) and Yellamundie (2013) these works by Jub Clerc, Dan Lee, Jacqui Wright, Deb Hannagan and Sermsah Bin Saad will now be presented as staged readings in their home town, directed by Yirra Yaakin’s Artistic Director Kyle Morrison with dramaturg Mari Lourey.
Staging Broome Stories, Goolarri Gimme Club, Broome; 27 June, www.pwa.org.au/broome-play-readings/

Fright or Flight, 3 is a Crowd

Fright or Flight, 3 is a Crowd Fright or Flight, 3 is a Crowd
courtesy the artists
In a recent article for RT115 “Circus: second class artform?” Antonella Casella surveys a selection of emerging circus artist and groups exploring “the possibility of circus as pure spectacle, as part of the interplay of form and content.” Further evidencing a resurgence of the form here’s another new ensemble, 3 is a crowd. The all girl trio’s bird-themed Fright or Flight (winner of Best Circus and Physical Theatre in Adelaide Fringe Festival 2013) is about to play Brisbane’s Judith Wright Centre.
Fright or Flight, 3 is a Crowd, Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane, 6-13 July; judithwrightcentre.com/event/fright_or_flight

Box of Birds, Anne Ferran

Anne Ferran, Slender-throated warbler, 2013 Anne Ferran, Slender-throated warbler, 2013
courtesy the artist & Stills Gallery
Box of Birds uses as its source material a series of photographs from the 1940s depicting nameless women in a Sydney psychiatric hospital. Photographer Anne Ferran has drawn on this material previously (see her work 1-38) but here she departs dramatically from the subject matter. Ferran has re-staged the images abstractly asking female performers to improvise with large pieces of felt that represent the crumpled clothing of the original images. Through this process Ferran attempts to “elicit the energy… trapped in those 1940s photographs, their unquiet spirit” (website).
Anne Ferran, Box of Birds, Stills Gallery, Sydney; 26 June to 27 July 2013; www.stillsgallery.com.au

Vocal Folds, Gertrude Contemporary

Marcus Coates, Dawn Chorus (video still) Marcus Coates, Dawn Chorus (video still)
courtesy the artist
The latest exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary celebrates the voice in a variety of ways. At the core of the exhibition are three video installations by international artists Marcus Coates (UK), Manon de Boer (Netherlands) and Valie Export (Austria). There’s also a comprehensive listening room featuring selections of works by Australian and international artists focusing on the voice and several playlists by guest curators around particular vocal music styles. Finally, there will be a series of performances by artists such as Jenny Barnes, Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, Carolyn Connors and Tarquin Manek and a screening night curated by OtherFilm featuring Dirk de Bruyn.
Vocal Folds, curator Jacqueline Doughty, Gertrude Contemporary; exhibition 21 June-20 July; performances 27 June, 11 July, 18 July; www.gertrude.org.au/exhibitions

RealTime issue #115 June-July 2013 pg. web

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