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The Chronicle Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Actors throw off shackles of scripts
Jason Geary carries Felipe Ortiz in a great improv scene from Improvention 2014.
What began as one night celebrating
off-script theatre has grown into an
eight-day festival which brings some
of the world's best to the capital.
Impro ACT director Nick Byrne
said Improvention 2015 was going to
be big and bold with more players,
shows and venues involved than ever
"If you count New Zealand as being
international ... there are 22
international players and performers
from every state and territory except
the Northern Territory," he said.
The festival kicked off with a global
theme at the Canberra Improvisation
Song Contest last Saturday but Byrne
said there was plenty of worldly
delights for Canberrans to tuck into.
In half of The Street Theatre on
Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
audiences can get swept away in the
spontaneity of love with Affairs of the
Heart, a double bill from Perth's
Glenn Hall, and later Italy's Fabio
Maccioni presents The Big Carousel.
"Who better to do these scenes
concerning love than Fabio," Byrne
At the same time on Wednesday in
Street 2, Lingua Franca will give
audiences a taste for communicating
when words aren't spoken or
Byrne's own Speechless uses a live
soundtrack rather than dialogue to
complement the theatrical narrative
and in the second act Keng-Sam from
Reunion Island presents Gromeleu,
which is French for gibberish, a show
which reminds audiences how much
can be gleaned from the
The festival wraps up on Saturday
with the Canberra Impro Challenge
Before the final face-off between
the festival's best, audiences get to
enjoy an annual Improvention
tradition, Show From Nothing.
A cast of the top improvisers create
a 45-minute performance giving
improv addicts what they come for --
pure spontaneity from the best in the
"Every safety net that you put in a
show reduces how free the
improviser's mind is," Byrne said.
"When you are dealing with the
really great players, the less you tell
them they have to achieve the better
and off they go."
Check out the full Improvention
2015 festival program at
ALBUM: HOW BIG HOW BLUE HOW BEAUTIFUL/ARTIST: FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE
Latest release showcases Florence's booming vocals
How Big How Blue How Beautiful is
the complete package for Florence and
the Machine. This time Welch and her
band sound super confident and move
away from the artistic flourishes of
their last album, 2009's Ceremonials,
to a more classic rock and soul sound.
Their last album was an artistic
triumph but the new one is more
straight-forward filled with Welch's
booming vocals against supreme arena
rock, motown backbeats and
The single What Kind of Man is as
passionate and dynamic as Welch has
ever sounded with the song fuelled by
anger, distrust and disdain.
It is a revelation with Welch's
powerful vocals cursing a significant
other like a jilted lover. That same
bravado fills the album so it sounds
like a sexier Florence release with her
considerable musical powers blowing
the top off a few stadiums.
It only takes one listen to the mighty
finale of Mother to hear a stronger
singer pushing her vocal capacity to
meet the psychedelic styling of the
song and the large beats present.
Florence rocks on an album that is
super confident and ready to bare all.
Choir seeks new
Canberra a cappella group Shades of
Monday is singing out for new talent.
The celebrated outfit, which formed
in 2011, has cultivated a reputation far
beyond their base at the Belconnen Arts
Centre for their lively performance, but
found themselves without a musical
director at the helm this year.
Performance co-ordinator and
founder Libby Oaks-Ash said under
former musical directors Nicole
Nunan and later Camilo Gonzalez, the
choir had grown tremendously in size
"We are now on the hunt for a new
musical director," she said.
"We really want someone who will
develop us further and really
understand our vision for Shades of
Oaks-Ash said collaboration was at
the core of the group's style.
She said each member brought
skills and experience to bear and was
given the chance to learn from others.
The remaining group of 14 vocalists
is holding auditions for male basses, a
beat boxer and tenors.
To audition contact:
A DRAMATIC MIX OF
DANCE AND STORIES
Expressive storytelling will be brought
to the stage when Bangarra's lore
launches at the Canberra Theatre on
Thursday. Artistic director Stephen
Page has brought together three
Bangarra artists to choreograph this
brand new work. Award-winning
Frances Rings is joined by emerging
choreographers Deborah Brown and
Waangenga Blanco. Themes of
identity, inequality, climate change
and the outlook for the future are
woven into this mix of contemporary
dance and stories.
Don't miss this fresh dramatic
showcase from Bangarra Dance
Theatre showing Thursday to
Saturday from 7.30pm. Tickets
$45- $65 plus booking fees at
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