Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director & produced playwright (20 plays). Scripts published by Currency Press. She worked as an actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate is currently Convenor of Professional Writing & Editing, Swinburne University. Read her reviews here or at: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Wednesday, 2 December 2015
RICERCAR, Dec 2, 2015
By Present Tense Ensemble & The Twoks At TheatreWorks,
until Dec 12, 2015 Reviewer: Kate Herbert Stars: TBC
Full review also online in Herald Sun Arts on Thurs Dec 3, 2015. KH
(L-R) Aubrey Flood, Shauntai Batzke, John Howard, Daniel Han (standing) pic Lachlan Woods
RICERCAR begins with a violinist leading the
audience along Acland St. and into the neighbouring church where J. S. Bach’s
music swells and the leadlight saints glow as the evening light fades.
This performance investigates and is inspired by the
musical form of Bach’s Fugues and Preludes and is divided in two parts: Book
One - Alpha in the church and Book Two - Omega performed in the theatre.
is the ideal space to hear Bach’s choral and instrumental music because the
acoustics and religious atmosphere are evocative of Bach’s own work in the
Thomaskirche (Thomas Church) in Leipzig.
church organ, a piano, violins and guitar blend with the chorus, soprano (Shauntai
Batzke) and tenor (Simon Gilkes) to create surging waves of sound that shift
into almost imperceptible ripples of distant harmonies.
One, the company creates a surround-sound by singing and playing in the balcony
choir, the pews, on the altar and in darkening or candlelit corners...continues after publication. K