Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Kimberly Kwa

Lighting Designers. I've done four shows with Kim and have nary a photo of the woman herself. Anyway, she has a new website with many pretty pictures including the seminal production of Dollhouse. Beautiful work.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

For a Better World

Roland Schimmelpfennig's For a Better World. Produced by Company No. 3 and Griffin Independent.
All performance details at Griffin Theatre.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Hollow

The Hollow by Agatha Christie, adapted and directed by Daniel Schlusser, Set Designer Romanie Harper, Costume Designer Zoe Rouse, Lighting Designer Megan Fitzgerald, Sound Designer Nick McCorriston, Stage Manager Shayndle Grinblat. Performed by Alicia Beckhurst, Francesca Bianchi, Paul Blenheim, Zoe Boesen, Dean Cartmel, Elizabeth Debicki, Tom Dent, Tom Hobbs, Christopher Ioan Roberts, Renae Shadler, Jack Starkey-Gill and Cate Wolswinkel. Produced by the Victorian College of the Arts Drama and Production schools.

All photographs by Jeff Busby

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Peter and the Wolf

"This show is inspired by invisible networks, radical social theories of group dynamics, the essays of David Foster Wallace, bad dance steps, and flat pack instruction manuals. A story about a wolf, a wall, a gate and talking animal friends..."

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Master and Margarita, baby steps

Two weeks in Albury, enjoying the wettest winter in a decade. Courtesy of a A Month In The Country, a residency program run by Hothouse Theatre. ABC report by Allison Jess.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Vale Christoph Schlingensief

Christoph Schlingensief is dead. English reports here, here and here.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010


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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tell him he's dreaming

Beautiful new photos of Life is a Dream taken by designer Marg Horwell, above and more here, accompanies news that the Store Room/Daniel Schlusser production of Life is a Dream has been nominated in five categories; Best Direction, Best Production, Ensemble, Design and Sound Design at the annual Green Room Awards. I've updated the review links in the previous post to include Jana Perkovic, Neandellus and John Bailey's editorial in Real Time.

Sarah Ernst is on board as producer and any touring enquiries should be directed to her:

Poet#7 also earned two award nominations for Design and Sound Design. Writer Ben Ellis has hung up his blogging boots for the moment, temporarily we hope.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Life is a Dream 2009

Andrew Dunn, Sarah Ogden, Vanessa Moltzen

Life is a Dream, a Daniel Schlusser production presented by The Store Room
Alison Croggon review at theatre notes
Martin Ball review in The Age
John Bailey review at Capital Idea and his editorial comment in Real Time.
Jana Perkovic review at Guerrilla Semiotics
and Neandellus review

Sophie Mathisen, Julia Grace, Andrew Dunn

Johnny Carr

Life is a Dream by Calderon de la Barca, directed by Daniel Schlusser. Translation by Beatrix Christian, set designed by Marg Horwell, lighting designed by Kimberly Kwa, special effects make-up by Dominique Noelle Mathisen, composed by Darrin Verhagen, stage management by Pippa Wright, producer Sarah Ernst. Performed by George Banders, Brendan Barnett, Johnny Carr, Andrew Dunn, Julia Grace, Sophie Mathisen, Vanessa Moltzen, Sarah Ogden, Josh Price.

All photos by Daisy Noyes.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Poet #7

Simon King as X in Poet #7 by Ben Ellis, directed by Daniel Schlusser. Full Tilt at the Black Box. All photos by Daisy Noyes.

Alison Croggon review at Theatrenotes
Cameron Woodhead review in The Age
John Bailey in Real Time

Edwina Wren as Ella.

Georgina Capper as Gillian.

Edwina Wren as Ella.

Edwina Wren and Merfyn Owen.

Merfyn Owen as Mark.

FULL TILT at the Arts Centre presents a Daniel Schlusser production of Ben Ellis' Poet #7 performed by Edwina Wren, Merfyn Owen, Simon King and Georgina Capper. Designed by Meg White, Lighting Design by Kimberly Kwa, Costume Design by Jeminah Reidy, Sound design and performance by Darrin Verhagen, Martin Kay and Nick van Cuylenburg, Lighting operation by Rose Connors Dance.

All photography by Daisy Noyes.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Peer Gynt

Karen Sibbing as Solveig in Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen. VCA Company 09 and VCA Alumni, directed by Daniel Schlusser. All photos by Jeff Busby.

Alison Croggon review at Theatrenotes
Jana Perkovic review at Guerilla Semiotics

Maj Thomsen as Maj

Maj Thomsen as Maj, G.R. as The Buttonmoulder

Nikki Shiels as Ingrid, Annie Last as Hilda, Maj Thomsen as Maj

G.R. as The Buttonmoulder, Rebecca Bower as Katya, Kyle Baxter as Peer.

Josh Price as Begriffenfeldt, Kyle Baxter as Peer, Mike Steele as Aslak

G.R as The Buttonmoulder, Kyle Baxter as Peer, Josh Price as Begriffenfeldt

Sarah Armanious as Anitra

Heloise Jackson as Helga, Edwina Wren as Åse

Edwina Wren as Åse, Justin Arnold as Peer Junior, Katie-Jean Harding as Gwen the Green Woman.

Karen Sibbing as Solveig, Kyle Baxter as Peer.

Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen. Directed by Daniel Schlusser. Set and Costume Design by Anna Cordingley, Lighting Design Kimberly Kwa, Sound designers/composers Nick van Cuylenburg and Martin Kay, Special Make-up Artist Dominique Noelle Mathisen, Stage Manager Jo Trevathan. Performed by Kyle Baxter, Edwina Wren, Karen Sibbing, Heloise Jackson, Justin Arnold, Nikki Shiels, Rebecca Bower, Annie Last, Maj Thomsen, Nick Jamieson, Katie-Jean Harding, G.R, Josh Price, Sarah Armanious, Alexander England, Mike Steele, Kevin Fa’asitua Hofbauer, Kade Greenland. A Victorian College of the Arts Production. 26 March - 1 April.

All photographs by Jeff Busby.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008


For a daily dose of art, street art, interventions, disruptions goto: REBEL:ART. It will relieve your pain.

Today, the the very excellent Sarah Maple, This Artist Blows

Every single archived page is a goldmine, z.B:

Ron English, The Secret History of Kiss, 2008

REBEL:ART it will increase your bank balance.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Melbourne Street Art 10

Tenth in a series of documentations of deliberate and accidental street art.
Fishers Lane, Fitzroy

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Saturday, September 6, 2008


The Zombie State
by Ben Ellis
17–27 September 8pm
Location: Union Theatre, ground floor, Union House, The University of Melbourne
Melways ref: 75A
Tickets: Full $25/Concession $15/Union Members $12
Preview 16 September: All tickets $10
tickets online

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Life is a Dream

Johnny Carr as Segismundo in Life is a Dream by Calderon de la Barca. VCA Company 08, directed by Daniel Schlusser. All photos by Jeff Busby.

Theatrenotes review here.

Season Details here.

Life is a Dream by Calderon de la Barca, directed by Daniel Schlusser. Translation by Beatrix Christian, set designed by Marg Horwell, lighting designed by Kimberly Kwa, special effects make-up by Dominique Mathisen. Performed by George Banders, Brendan Barnett, Johnny Carr, Andrew Dunn, Julia Grace, Sophie Mathisen, Vanessa Moltzen, Sarah Ogden, Josh Price.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hello, Earth

I'm not usually a nature-photography fan but these photos blogged by Alan Taylor took my breath away.

...and "Fly Bagels! Fly!".

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday Text - in support of Bill Henson

I Saw a Chapel All of Gold

I saw a chapel all of gold
That none did dare to enter in;
And many, weeping, stood without,
Weeping, mourning, worshipping.

I saw a serpent rise between
The white pillars of the door;
And he forced and forced and forced;
Down the golden hinges tore.

And along the pavement sweet
Set with pearls and rubies bright
All his slimy length he drew
Till upon the altar white

Vomiting his poison out
On the bread and on the wine.
So I turned into a sty
And laid me down among the swine.

- William Blake

"Fortunately, not all have swallowed the nihilistic cant of the postmodern. Art can be defined as having certain characteristics and qualities...Art is uplifting and helps us, in the words of another English poet, William Blake, "To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower". While I have not seen the photographs in question...most viewers, I think, would agree that images of naked, under-age girls, silhouetted and standing provocatively are unacceptable." - Dr. Kevin Donnelly (The Sunday Age - 25/5/08)

Donatello's David.

Alison Croggon, who is "very sad and very angry that this is happening in my country." has all the links, particularly to George Hunka and Nicholas Pickard.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Salome - in cogito volume III

All photographs by Brett Boardman
Performance details and tickets here.
ABC TV news segment here.
Will Noonan review at M/C Reviews.
Nicholas Pickard review here.
Jason Blake in the Sydney Morning Herald here.


MAY 07 - 17 AT 8PM





Photographs: Mary Helen Sassman (Salome) being baptised by Pier Carthew (John the Baptist), Mary Helen Sassman as Salome with circular saw, Dana Miltins (Judith), Pier Carthew (John) and Daniel Schlusser (Herod) in a perverse-reverse-baptism involving flour

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Sunday Text


Love mean to learn to look a yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many.
And whoever sees that way heals his heart,
Without knowing it, from various ills-
A bird and a tree say to him: Friend

Then he wants to use himself and things
So that they stand in the glow of ripeness.
It doesn't matter whether he knows what he serves:
Who serves best doesn't always understand.

Czeslaw Milosz, The World in New and Collected Poems 1931-2001

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Dollhouse - Photos and Reviews

Katherine Harris as Nora in A Dollhouse by Henrik Ibsen, a VCA production directed by Daniel Schlusser. Photo by Ponch Hawkes. 2007.

Alison Croggon's review at Theatrenotes
Matthew Clayfield's at Esoteric Rabbit
Martin Ball's review in The Age

A Dollhouse | VCA
Australian Stage Online - Saturday, 10 November 2007

Katherine Harris as Nora and Nick Jamieson as Torvald.

Ben Pfeiffer as Dr. Rank.

Katherine Harris as Nora and Ben Pfeiffer as Dr. Rank.

Michael Wahr as Krogstad and Katherine Harris as Nora.

Edwina Wren as Kristine.

Michael Wahr as Krogstad.

Nick Jamieson as Torvald, Ben Pfeiffer as Dr. Rank and Katherine Harris as Nora.

Full Credits:
A Dollhouse by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Daniel Schlusser. Set design by Jeminah Reidy. Costumes by Tiffany Abbott. Lighting design by Kimberly Kwa. Surround sound by Tessa Eleiff. Composer Johnny Milner. With Katherine Harris, Nick Jamieson, Michael Wahr, Edwina Wren, Ben Pfeiffer and Veronica Bryant/Heloise Jackson. Produced by the Victorian College of the Arts Drama and Production schools.

All photos by Ponch Hawkes. 2007

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