Dance

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Deb­o­rah Jones

Se­quenza Ital­iana In­cluded in the first half of an ex­tra­or­di­nary pro­gram sur­vey­ing five cen­turies of Ital­ian mu­sic are Mon­teverdi madri­gals, Be­rio se­quen­zas, Pa­ganini show­pieces and a cello con­certo by Leonardo Leo. Draw­ing these dis­parate threads to­gether into a com­pelling and, at times, thrilling mu­si­cal nar­ra­tive are vi­o­lin­ist Satu Van­ska, lead­ing a cut-down Aus­tralian Cham­ber Or­ches­tra with guest cel­list Gio­vanni Sol­lima (pic­tured). Sol­lima, mak­ing his sec­ond tour with the ACO, was in bril­liant form in Leo’s Cello Con­certo No 3 dur­ing the or­ches­tra’s Perth per­for­mance. An ex­pres­sive and en­er­getic per­former, he of­ten plays with a sense of aban­don, whether dis­patch­ing daz­zling pas­sage­work or wring­ing every heart­felt nu­ance from a melodic line. In Rossini’s light­weight but tech­ni­cally treach­er­ous theme and vari­a­tions, Une Larme, Sol­lima pulled out all the stops, pow­er­ing through the flashy scales, milk­ing the lan­guorous OUR Land Peo­ple Sto­ries Each of the three works in Ban­garra’s Sto­ries en­larges our un­der­stand­ing of con­nec­tion with the land, learn­ing from the past, the glue of com­mu­nity and the en­dur­ing power of sto­ry­telling. In a se­ries of short, sur­real and highly evoca­tive scenes, Macq re­lives a mas­sacre of in­dige­nous Aus­tralians in NSW or­dered by gov­er­nor Lach­lan Mac­quarie. Beau Dean Ri­ley Smith and Daniel Ri­ley cre­ated Miya­gan to­gether. It shows a kin­ship sys­tem re­claim­ing young peo­ple who are at first dis­con­nected from it. Stephen Page’s homage to Arn­hem Land artist Nya­pa­nyapa Yunupingu, Nya­pa­nyapa, is won­drously multi-lay­ered. The 17 dancers are en­tranc­ing, rev­el­ling in fluid, full-bod­ied move­ment and an­i­mat­ing every mo­ment with shin­ing sin­cer­ity. Syd­ney Opera House. Ben­ne­long Point. Ends to­day, 2pm and 8pm. Tick­ets: $35-$95. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777. Du­ra­tion: 2hr 15min with interval.

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