Q fea­ture: QUE RESTE T’IL

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Robyn Archer AO has daz­zled the world with her vir­tu­os­ity and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the cabaret reper­toire with a ca­reer un­par­al­leled in this coun­try. In November, Robyn Archer re­turns to Mel­bourne with Que Reste T’il (trans­lated as What Re­mains?), a pas­sion­ate jour­ney through the ori­gins of cabaret through song, sto­ry­telling and a hint of satire for two per­for­mances only at Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, Play­house Theatre.

Que Reste T'il, Charles Trenet's beau­ti­ful chan­son is the ti­tle of this su­perb cabaret tour de force by Robyn Archer. Ac­com­pa­nied by Michael Mor­ley (pi­ano) and Ge­orge Butrum­lis (ac­cor­dion), Archer takes the au­di­ence on a highly emo­tional and satir­i­cal jour­ney through a cen­tury of French song, from rarely per­formed ma­te­rial from Paris in the 1880s, through each decade to the 1970s. With won­der­ful mu­si­cian­ship from this trio, Que Reste T'il is mov­ing, up­lift­ing, cap­ti­vat­ing, and very very funny.

Hark­ing back to the in­ti­mate Parisian night­clubs and smoke-filled cafes of the 1880s, Archer will return to the ori­gins of cabaret, cap­tur­ing the mood and events of those eras and per­form­ing rare works by Aris­tide Bru­ant, Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet and Jac­ques Brel. Songs will be per­formed both in French and in English.

Robyn Archer AO is of­ten re­ferred to as a national trea­sure. An artist of the high­est cal­iber, she is known to many for her one woman shows in the 1970s and 1980s, by oth­ers for her orig­i­nal songs and record­ings, and now by thou­sands more for her memorable arts fes­ti­vals in Canberra, Mel­bourne, Ade­laide and Tas­ma­nia. Archer has recorded 12 al­bums and her writ­ing in­cludes es­says, songs, works for the theatre and chil­dren's books. She is an ABR Lau­re­ate, an Hon­orary Fel­low of the Aus­tralian Academy for the Hu­man­i­ties, an Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of Aus­tralia, Che­va­lier de l'Or­dre des Arts et des Let­tres (France) and Of­fi­cer of the Crown (Bel­gium) and also holds hon­orary doc­tor­ates from Flin­ders Univer­sity (South Aus­tralia), Grif­fith Univer­sity (Queens­land), and the Uni­ver­si­ties of Sydney, Canberra and Ade­laide. Archer now com­bines artis­tic di­rec­tion with con­cert per­for­mances, strate­gic ad­vice, men­tor­ing younger artists and artis­tic direc­tors and speak­ing and writ­ing about the arts across Aus­tralia and the world.

Michael Mor­ley (pi­ano, vo­cals) is cur­rently Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Drama at Flin­ders Univer­sity. He has writ­ten widely on European and Ger­man theatre, con­cen­trat­ing par­tic­u­larly on the life and work of Ber­tolt Brecht and has served as Pres­i­dent of the International

Brecht So­ci­ety. Michael has writ­ten about mu­sic, theatre and lit­er­ary crit­i­cism for a va­ri­ety of Aus­tralian and international pub­li­ca­tions, and has trans­lated poetry by pi­anist Al­fred Bren­del, most re­cently for the English ver­sion of Bren­del's A Pi­anist's A to Z. He has been pi­anist and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor on a num­ber of pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tions in Aus­tralia and over­seas, in­clud­ing The Three­penny Opera (State Theatre of South Aus­tralia and Queens­land Theatre), The Mother (Troupe Theatre), Happy Birth­day Brecht (Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Davis and Ar­taud Theatre, San Fran­cisco) and Jac­ques Bell is Alive and Well and Liv­ing in Paris (Street Theatre Canberra.) Since 2004 he has pre­sented the show Sing Your Own Mu­si­cals in Mel­bourne, at Ade­laide Cabaret Fes­ti­val and, most re­cently, at Port Fairy Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. In 2012 Michael was awarded the South Aus­tralian Premier's Award for Life­time Achieve­ment in the Arts.

Ge­orge Butrum­lis (ac­cor­dion, vo­cals) has played the pi­ano ac­cor­dion since the age of six. His ca­reer in­cludes per­for­mances with Jean­nie Lewis, Kristina Olsen, Ross Han­naford, Mel­bourne Sym­phony Orchestra, the Three Tenors and Pavarotti's last tour of Aus­tralia. Ge­orge has played on count­less Aus­tralian movie sound­tracks in­clud­ing Red Dog, The Sound of One Hand Clap­ping, Lil­lian's Story and most re­cently the film about the life of Mirka Mora, Mon­sieur May­on­naise. Ge­orge is prob­a­bly most well-known for his band Zy­deco Jump, which fea­tured on the bill of many Aus­tralian mu­sic fes­ti­vals for over twenty years and as a found­ing mem­ber of Joe Camil­leri's Black Sor­rows. Ge­orge has served a three-year term on the mu­sic board of the Aus­tralia Coun­cil for the Arts, and has re­cently be­come di­rec­tor of the Mel­bourne Ac­cor­dion Orchestra. He de­scribes work­ing with Archer and Mor­ley for the past eight years or so as a great priv­i­lege and one of the great­est mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ences of his life.

Robyn Archer AO has never shone brighter than in Que Reste T'il, re­ceiv­ing the 2013 Help­mann Award for ‘Best Cabaret Per­former', named Cabaret Icon at the 2016 Ade­laide Cabaret Fes­ti­val and per­form­ing a two week sold out sea­son at Sydney's Grif­fin Theatre in July of this year.

Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne presents Robyn Archer ‘Que Reste T'il' (What Re­mains?) Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, Play­house Fri­day November 10 and Satur­day November 11 2017 at 7:30pm arts­cen­tremel­bourne.com.au or 1300 182 183

For more in­for­ma­tion about Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne visit arts­cen­tremel­bourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183. Be­come a fan of Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne on Face­book or fol­low @arts­cen­tremelb on Twit­ter or @arts­cen­tremel­bourne on In­sta­gram.

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