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Limbo

18 Jan

Just before Christmas my wonderful Grandma surprised my family with tickets to see LIMBO¬†at Edinburgh’s Christmas festival.

My family didn’t know anything about it, but i did. The day after the Amanda Palmer house party most people headed out to see Limbo at London’s festival… and i was rather sad about missing it as i hurtled back to Edinburgh on the train ūüė¶ So, getting tickets to see it just before Christmas was just awesome!!

Billed as: “Witness heart-stopping illusions, mind-bending manoeuvres, breathtaking‚Ä®dance moves and thrilling live music from a coterie of highly skilled‚Ä®international performers. A summer celebration of otherworldly ‚Ä®proportions, welcome to the greatest party ever between heaven and hell.

Well, sign me up!

Amanda Palmer fans had told me it was wonderful, so naturally it was going to be wonderful, and directed by Sxip Shirey you know it’s gonna be good, at the very least great music!

Well, high expectations surpassed… it was bloody brilliant!

And my family, who normally consider the stuff that i/”a weirdo” like, is, well, weird, bloody loved it too! the main comment being that we all now want bendy stick pole things… yeah i wont spoil the surprise! but oh my word they look amazing fun!

Gloriousness all round… looks like they are in Australia at the moment, BUY TICKETS AND GO!!!

If you weren’t convinced already… watch this clip…

Probably not the most eloquent review they’ve gotten… just a little sharing the love blog post because great art must be shared!

See you in limbo…

Chloe out.

Toucha toucha meeeeeee! I wanna be diiiirttyyyyy!

29 Dec

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Last night we dawned our fishnet stalking, applied our lipstick and tottered out into Brighton to dance and sing along to the 40th anniversary production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Theatre Royal.

The Theatre itself is beautiful and seems an ideal setting for the show, complete with that little bit of decay which makes all magnificant theatres that little bit mores special.

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There weren’t as many dresser uppers as we had been expecting, but there were enough that our lack of clothing fitted in!

Before i go on to marvel at the show here are some sexy ass photos of our get up (be warned… they are quite frightening!):

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The curtain was pulled away by a bright pink version of Science Fiction Double Feature, and the even brighter coloured set of the wedding scene was revealed. This version of the show was definatley brining it’s crate of poster paints into the action and stepping away from the darker shades of the film.

The cast was quite small yet they filled the room with fantastic voices and even more impressive high-heeled dancing!

I still haven’t managed to get the songs of of my head!

The narrator was perhaps my favourite character in this show, purely for his outstanding ability to come back at the heckles flying his way.

It was everything you’d want from a live version of Rocky Horror, everything and more. And spent in the company of the best dressed people in the show i had a rocking time!

Chloe out.

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“Live with a rainbow in your heart” Mephisto Waltz – Derevo

8 Aug

Last night i recieved a little unexpected text from Miss Morven Bell asking if i wanted to go see a show. I dwindled a little, trying to come up with an answer; of course i love the fringe and i love going to see shows but i hadn’t picked out any i wanted to see yet and i hadn’t read up on any!¬†Spontaneousness¬†is not always my forte, i like knowing about what i’m going to see. I’m still not sure if that is good or not.

 

So, i picked Derevo’s Mephisto Waltz.

“This compelling new work by the multi award-winning troupe is a gospel of dance, a personal journey and a declaration of love. Maybe it’s the end of dance theatre, maybe the madness of a world where people still make wars that divide the Gods‚Ķ You forget that all the feelings of the world, the rains, the sounds, the cities, the birds, the people, and everything ‚Ķ is you. Don’t seek inspiration from what surrounds you. You will find it deep within your heart. And when you live with a rainbow in your heart then you need nothing else. ”

Is what is said on the Fringe page. It sounded interesting and from past experience (i went to see Derevo’s performance of Harlekin two years previously) i was sold.

 

Part of me wishes i had read up on it beforehand so i could understand some of the bizzare imagery being acted out before me, but i’m glad i didn’t. Not knowing everything that was going on was what was beautiful about the show. It was easier to tap into the high-charged emotions and base powers floating through the room.

Even if i had read about the show i still think only Derevo frontman Anton Adasinsky may be the only one who truly knows what it all means. From a black, and quite bleak opening, the show moves into the more surreal, and then further into the even more surreal.

The only thing I was aware of was what the title told me, and that the main¬†plot-line¬†was based around¬†Mephistopheles, the seductive demon from Faust. Also, the music accompanying the physical storytelling and clowning around were¬†extracts from Franz Liszt‚Äôs¬†Mephisto Waltzes. Everything else i had to guess, or not, it didn’t really matter; i was lost in the energy.

 

The acts move through the seasons, exploring them through humanity, through love and nature. The ongoing connection between them all was the personality of Mephistopheles. So, although the scenes were changing his madness was still present.

 

I found this on Derevo’s website. If you have seen the show, or are planning to, have a little read and one memorable scene will become more¬†apparent:

“The Scarecrow stood on the edge of the field. Replacement for his rusty tin-cans was well overdue.

The Wind stole his hat and his coat was ragged.

But joy was always coming in December .

Village children used to make a Snowman right next to the Scarecrow. Right like Snowmen should be: with a tin bucket on his head and a carrot as his nose. The sleeve of the Scarecrow’s coat was then tied to the Snowman’s twig paw and with a happy squeals children were aiming their snowballs at the pair of figures. Maybe children wanted to separate them again.

The Scarecrow was smiling though. Yes, truly. He was smiling.

And then April came on tiptoes and took the Snowman away. Just a twig remained tied to the Scarecrow’s sleeve.

But it’s alright. December will come again. Not quite soon but it will. I can wait.

I can wait.”

 

 

I found this little clip while trawling the web which gives your a glimpse into some of the beautiful movements that the dancers exhibit:

 

 

I’m really glad i went.

I would say it’s not a show for everyone. I loved it. Morven…. well…. not so much.

It’s for those with an appreciation of art, those who don’t need to be following a strict plot line and story and those who don’t need to understand.

 

Wanna go see it?

It’s currently on at The Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh (Fringe venue 139) from the 7th – 27th August at 20:00

Get your tickets here: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2o12

 

 

Did this review do it for you? Lemme know! Hit me up via twitter @chloehenderson9 or comment on here or email me at chloehen21@aol.com

 

Chloe out.

 

 

p.s. photos are from various sources and are not my own, if you wanna claim credit just let me know.

Coram Boy

14 May

My thoughts from the show Coram boy.

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The awesome Bristol folk I was staying with over New Year awesomely invited me along to the feertre to see Coram Boy, a Bristol Old Vic production performed in the Colston hall. And it was beautiful (well as beautiful as a story about dead babies can be).

At the end of the show every single member of the audience, myself included, sniffled and wiped tears away from their wide eyes and one girl next to me was applauding so hard her ring flew straight off her finger! We were lucky enough to have a seat just a few rows from the front of the stage so we could really see the faces of the cast and it was lovely to see how their faces lit up with pure euphoria, it was lovely to see just how much they had put into their performance.

This drama was re-written by director, Tom…

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