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The Book Thief

15 Mar

At the weekend we wandered along to the cinema to see The Book Thief.

*some small spoilers but nothing too crucial!*

I had few expectations, i hadn’t seen the trailer; all i knew was that it was set in Germany during WWII and that it followed the story of a little blonde girl… who presumably stole books!

It was beautiful.

A glorious piece of film: stunning cinematography, captivating and a really well written story with realistic, enigmatic characters, played out by equally beguiling actors and actresses. The parts of Liesel and Hans, Sophie Nélisse and Geoffrey Rush respectively, were the most enchanting. Their relationship made the horrors just bearable. The sheer harmony of their connections made my eyes tear just as much as the monstrosities… and i won’t spoil the ending but bring your tissues.

I loved this film for another reason as well: it’s portrayal of a love and vital importance for storytelling. It is a tale literally centered around that ideal. Without that first stolen book, Liesel would never have formed such a strong bond with Hans (or Max), nor would she have been able to cope, and aid others in coping, with the fear surrounding their lives and ultimately it saved her life.

The scene in the bomb shelter where Liesel makes the realisation of how her love for stories and Hans’ love for music are equated and the joy of sharing them with an audience is enough to block out the noise of the bombs above and the fear below broke my heart; my eyes overspilled and i wept at the unconditional beauty.

I’m always ensnared by a good story, and a good story that preaches the love and critical precedence for storytelling has more than earned it’s place in my favourites.

Thoroughly recommend you watch (and read!) The Book Thief.

 

Chloe out.

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John Grant

18 Jan

Amanda Palmer posted a link to this video a few days ago, and i’m so glad she did because it is beautiful.

This guy’s voice; powerful, soft and soul-touching.

And the lyrics. “This pain. It is a glacier moving through you.” and “Don’t listen to anyone; get answers on your own. Even if it means that sometimes you feel quite alone. No one on this planet can tell you what to believe. People like to talk a lot, and they like to deceive.” Ughhh…

So, down the youtube hole i descend and here are my favourites…

I really love this video. It’s simple but so wonderful…… “You could be laughing 65% more of the time…

 

A new artist to add to my list of favourites. Brilliant.

Chloe out.

Snake Hips

18 Jan

The most recent CD to find it’s way off my pile and into my ears is Avicii’s True.

Beautiful.

I bought it because i loved this song (and now i also love the video too. Adorable, beautiful and bittersweet (perhaps a little cliche and tired imagery but on the whole a good music video), with twist ending that ranks it from good to very good!).

 

And from one song to another, i think i love the whole album! It’s rare to buy a record and like all the tracks. A new music love indeed.

I’m dancing along to all of the songs… but this one so much more than most! the bit, the bit with the song, ughhh and the whipcrack…. srsly try and stop me twirling my hips to this beauty.

 

Chloe out.

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 😦 So, getting tickets to see it just before Christmas was just awesome!!

Billed as: “Witness heart-stopping illusions, mind-bending manoeuvres, breathtaking
dance moves and thrilling live music from a coterie of highly skilled
international performers. A summer celebration of otherworldly 
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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THEATRE IS EVIL

12 Sep

This album is everything and nothing, light and dark, beautiful and ugly, it will make you sing and become silent all at once, it will make you smile, grin from ear to ear and weep and dance, it’s everything you have ever wanted from music and everything you could never imagine.

It is incredible.

It is Amanda Fucking Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra.

10 star review…. fuck they can have all the stars in the sky for how this album makes me feel.

Every song in this album was written for me. Listening to it, you connect with each song in some small way. Go on listen. You will feel so connected, and i think that is where all the deep emotions (yeah those ones everyone is talking about on twitter) come from. Do It with a Rockstar i can identify with the desperation, the pleading for someone to drag you out of the loneliness, The Bed Song i can identify with the sadness, with the emptiness felt when nobody asks me how i feel, and i could go and describe my connection (your connection) to each song but all you need to do is listen and you’ll get it. Part of me wishes i didn’t connect with these songs so much, but then i get lost in the music and forget about that.

It is so different from anything Amanda has done before, yet at the same time it is so totally Amanda Palmer. She has taken her lyrical genious we all love and added colour from the past and experience from the future and a hell of a lot of synths!

Everything about this album is screaming performance, i’m so looking forward to the show! Last night they live-streamed the record realese show in New York. It was unfuckingbelievable. I was sitting in my bedroom, at 3am thinking this will be a bit dull ‘cos i’m not actually. Oh, how wrong was i. I felt like i was there. There was so much emotion. The atmosphere burning out from my computer screen was so intense and so real. I wept and danced and smiled and even found myself clapping at the end of songs. If you read this Amanda Palmer (or anyone involved in that show) thank you so much for those 3 hours of brillance, you guys rocked my bedroom.

Here is the saved stream (it’s over 3 hours long, but every second is worth watching):

 

Check the album artwork:

I didn’t see the evil at first. But look it at. Fuck it is EVIL! I love it, it’s so perfect.

Theatre is Evil was meant for the stage. I love it when Amanda Palmer goes all performance art, there are so few bands that do make that effort when doing a stage show. Yeah, concerts should be all about the music but theatre is evil, theatre is bad ass, we came to see a show! And so much of Theatre is Evil is all about the art. I’ve always known Amanda Palmer was an art chick, but with this album i have connected with her so much more with all the wonderful art rock love coming from this album. There is an art book (full of work inspired by the album), there was an art tour, there is art for the fans to create, we are always welcome, if not damn encouraged, to send our wonderful pieces of fan art into her and she always cares enough to tweet a picture. That is what is brilliant about Amanda Palmer, she cares. I will be able to tell you so much more about what this album and Amanda Palmer in general means to me, when i have the time to create a shit load of Theatre is Evil art!

 

If you are somehow unconvinced check out this picture of the sextastic band:

Still unconvinced (really even with that ^!)…. get your arse over HERE and download the album, hey you have no excuse not to, it’s only one dollar!

 

I feel like i’m part of something. I’ve still not decided what that something is, but i’m there.

 

Well that might have been a bit of a rambly review, but i just wanted the world to know how in love i am with Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra.

 

And now i retire to once again sit in the dark, lying on my bed listening to Thatre is Evil….. won’t you join me?

 

Chloe out.

 

HEAR NO EVIL SEE NO EVIL WE ARE THE MEDIA!

 

*update* i’ve just read this review from blogcritics and this quote is amazing “she does have an amazing voice. It can float between a caress and a battle cry in a second. She can charm the pants off you one moment and burn paint off a battleship in the next. She soars up the scale like a mezzo soprano at The Met and growls out lyrics like she learned how to sing at the knee of Johnny Rotten” oh and this bit too “A life being led on a knife’s edge might be a little more dangerous but it also lets you know you’re alive. Listening to Theatre Is Evil is far more dangerous than the music you normally hear, but it lets you know you’re alive.”

I’m sitting in a box.

19 Aug

Today we went to go see Nothing is Really Difficult inside The Box by Theatergroep WAK.

Performed in a life-sized wooden box. A show about nothing. Three men full of self mockery and vicarious shame. Male poetry for men and women, without words. Winner of the Adelaide Fringe Award for Best Theatre Production, 2011.

Why? Well, as we were standing looking up at the sign and trying to pick a show, i noticed the name and remember a tweet from Amanda Palmer, saying how much she had enjoyed it.

So, to The Box we hurried!

The Box is a custom built box, situated just outside of George Square, and is… well… a box. From outside all you see is box, and inside all you see is a box! but with a set of staircase-like seating and that glorious woody smell.

We were running a little late, and although the show doesn’t start until you are inside The Box, the actors hang around outside being entertaining and handing out flyers. Wooden flyers.

We filed into the box, took our seats, the lights went out and we waited in the dark. From under the stage appears a light between the wooden slits, and then banging from below and the light moves along the stage. This continues the whole way across, until a corner of the stage lifts up and out pops a lone figure carrying a lantern. The show continues in odd bursts of movement, leaping, dancing, jumping and a hell of a lot of running around. It is, as described, about nothing at all but is mocking and funny and really quite clever.

Wanna go see it? Nothing is Really Difficult on in The Box just outside George Square at 15:30, 17:00 or 18:30 and runs until 26th August 2012.

Thanks Amanda Palmer for this recommendation, it was glorious!

And alla Amanda Palmer i have deemed it #AFPart

Chloe out.

 

p.s. all image (bar the #afpart one) are not my own and if you wanna claim credit just hit me up and i’ll be happy to pop in your name 🙂

 

*update* while looking for more information about this show, i found this article by Sunday’s Child about promoting shows, check it out here.

“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… You forget that all the feelings of the world, the rains, the sounds, the cities, the birds, the people, and everything … 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’s 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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