Inside Out

March 7, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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March 6, 2010 by Show_Hanger

I went to Inside Out in the weekend, put on by Sweden’s Cirkus Cirkör (circus troupe), at the Opera House.

Great show, with live music provided by Irya’s Playground (alos from Sweden).

Even though it was on stage, there was a trained goldfish and a flying horse ! – go see it to see how its is done.

The custome written music works well with the journey through life theme of the show, and all of the circus techniques on display was well worked in.

There was great static trapeze act; an amazing juggler; great tumbling; and a man inside a ring.

I haven’t seen juggling of this standard in the flesh; at times: he had 5 clubs in the air; 8-maybe-9 thuds; and 7-maybe-8 rings ! Just a delight to watch his compusre and hand speed.

The man in a roye-cyr, might best be described as a german wheel with only one ring ! Yet doing man of the tricks you do with a two ring wheel. It was a true ring – there were no hand holds. Just incredible.

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Avatar

March 1, 2010 at 12:33 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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Went to see the 3-D version of Avatar afew week; I’ve been a bit busy and so have taken a while to write my thoughts up. But, the film has been out for awhile, so I am sure there are many reviews and opinion pieces. Warning: plot elements revealed.

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This James Cameron directed film is sure to win many awards for the special effects. The depiction of the Na’vi and their home world – Pandora – is just amazing. The 3 dimensional effects are realistics and never abused.

The storyline has no real surprises: natives sitting on top of valuable mineral deposites, but don’t want to move; man finds the values of the natives more appealing that those of his own; and do the right thing.

Sam Worthington us Jake Sully, a former marine, who is now a paraplegic, who is made an offer he can’t refuse: go off world and work off his twin brother’s contract with the mining company, and earn enough money to be able to afford the expensive medical treatment that will let him walk again. Jake is a must because, only he can operate the avatar grown partly from his twin brother’s DNA.

We see Jake increasing prefer the avatar over his own body: he has the full use of a powerful body adapted for the planet (of Pandora), the natives are noble (and one – Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana – of them likes him), and the humans are either money grubbing capitalists, or violent physcopaths.

So the stage is set for the showdown between doing the right thing and doing the selfish thing.

Sigourney Weaver’s talents are rarely given a workout. It has the feel of an Alien(s) re-union. With Michelle Rodriguez, the one person in the corporation’s security group to be given any moral character, reminding me of Jenette Goldstein!

I was a little disappointed by the storyline: no one sends cavalry against machine guns; if the Na’vi aerial elements could take some of the security helicopters on the first pass – why couldn’t take them all?; what a rediculous name for the ore! I am not convinced that the ore could be mined and transported economically enough to make a profit – there were no signs of planetary lift capability much advanced of our current capabilities. The costs of developing and growing avatars would be massive.

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Sutra

March 1, 2010 at 12:19 am | Posted in Show Review | Leave a comment
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February 27, 2010 by Show_Hanger

I went Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Sutra in the weekend. Cherkaoui’s choreography and interplay with the monks from the Shoalin Temple (in China) was amazing.

I am not even going to try to describe the work. The monks pretty much do their thing – kung fu moves that they have been learning and perfecting since they entered the monastry as boys. But this is not a Kung Fu demonstration. What carries the work to being more than a Kung Fu demonstration, is the large coffin-like boxes on a starkly bare stage.

The boxes are re-arranged -constantly change the landscape; the monks and Cherkaoui move on them, move in them and moved them.

The monks are awesome: nimble, acrobatic; very dynamic with their floor work and I’m sure they pack a punch. There was some staff work, ‘knife’ work’ and a little bit of sword (2-handed) work. There is also a very nice monkey personification by the novice monk

Oh there is live original music, composed by Szymon Brzóska, and performed by a live quintet.

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Definitely go if you get the chance: It is one hour long with no interval. So be prompt!

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