Showing posts with label Opera House. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Opera House. Show all posts

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dance on Film

Spring has sprung, and to get into the swing of the new season, the Opera House wants to get Sydney dancing. To entice the more reluctant movers and shakers, Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet Company David McAllister has selected three of his favourite dance films to screen free in the Opera House forecourt over the weekend. The idea is that you rock up early for a dance class before settling in to revel in the art form on the big screen.

The superlative Powell and Pressburger classic The Red Shoes will open the event. Any film fan must see this beauty, which Kate Jinx raved about earlier this year (sentiments I heartily second). And if you won't take our word for it, listen to Martin Scorsese, who calls The Red Shoes "one of the true miracles of film history".

Next up is the Academy Award-winning Australian animation Happy Feet. The accents of Mumbles and his fellow penguins may be American, but this marvellous family film is the work of Aussie director George Miller (Mad Max) and the world-class animators at Animal Logic (soon to impress again with Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians: the Owls of Ga’Hool, followed by Happy Feet 2).

Rounding out the programme is '80s classic (and a prevailing guilty pleasure) Footloose. The film that brought Kevin Bacon fame — before he became a parlour gameFootloose sees a rebellious teen's will to dance prevail over the censorship of a parochial town. The film’s title track is probably as famous as Bacon's iconic dance routine, and both are sure to tempt audiences to bust a move.

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Friday 24 - Sunday 26 September at 5:30pm in the Opera House Forecourt.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Waiting for Godot

En route to reclaim Gandalf's mantel in The Hobbit, Sir Ian McKellen is stopping off in Australia to play Estragon in Waiting for Godot (insert requisite 'Gandalf to Godot' pun here). Samuel Beckett’s groundbreaking play has invoked the fascination and incredulity of audiences for over 50 years and remains one of the foundational examples of absurdist theatre.

In the famous plot where there’s “nothing to be done”, two old friends Estragon and Vladimir (Roger Rees) spend two days chatting, arguing, swapping their bowler hats and, yes, waiting for a man named Godot. Pozzo (Matthew Kelly) and his ‘slave’ Lucky (Ronald Pickup) twice punctuate the pair’s interminable wait, in which themes of religion, war, philosophy and death are all out during their series of piecemeal and expectant discussions.

Many people would pay to hear McKellen’s gorgeous, rounded tones reading the phonebook, so what a treat to have him taking up residence at the Opera House with director Sean Mathias’ acclaimed West End production.

For your diaries: 15th June - 11th July at the Sydney Opera House

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